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What is technology doing to you?

Civilian podcast producer Alia Tavakolian has always felt like a dumb tech consumer.
Veteran tech-journalist Bob Sullivan has spent his life showing people they're not dumb tech consumers - they're being hacked.

Each week, Bob and Alia join forces to answer your questions and untangle your sanity from this dark, scary world wide web.

So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.

21 Episodes
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We know privacy means life or death to some people. We know that corporations and congress have sat back and done next to nothing to address privacy. So, what can be done now that we’re here? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
People have been worrying about privacy for decades, even before the Internet. So...where did we go wrong?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Privacy isn’t a luxury. For some a threat to privacy can be a matter of life or death.National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs Hotline: 212-714-1141Visit TechSafety.org for information on technology in the context of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and violence against women.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What are the implications of going cashless? Is this a good thing or a bad thing, or a little bit of both? Bob and Alia talk to Gartner research analyst Avivah Litan to find some answers.Curious to learn more about a cashless future? Go to https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/ for more info.So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do VPNs protect our security and privacy like they all claim? What are they anyway? Bob answers this question in our final minisode of the season! Thanks to David in Quebec for asking today's question.Curious to learn more about VPNs? Visit https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/ for more info.So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is the renaissance of tabletop games in part thanks to tech? Can Dungeons and Dragons actually teach me how to be a better human? Join Alia as she joins a band of thieves in her very first D&D campaign. This week’s guests are journalist and author Mary Pilon and Dungeon Master Victoria Rogers of The Broadswords. Dying to know more about today's ep? Head to https://bobsullivan.net/sobob/So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Should I go all-in on one tech company, knowing that it has all of my data? Or is it more wise to diversify the companies I give my information to? Bob tackles this confusing question on today's minisode. Thanks to Tyler in Shawnee, Kansas for sending in today's question. Want to learn more about this topic? Check out https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Does texting actually have the ability to make us closer? Has the dating landscape changed now that we are introducing tech into the mix? Bob and Alia find out with the help of Love Letters host Meredith Goldstein and therapist Aida Manduley.Curious about today's episode? Check out more info at https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Smart Homes: Good or Bad? Will we be able to settle the debate once and for all? A listener is concerned about whether or not Amazon Echo is actually listening to all of her private conversations. Thanks to Alison in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania for this week's question! Curious about today's topic? Check out more info at https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How does tech affect our happiness? Can it help us achieve it? In a special interview episode, join Alia, Bob, and author Gretchen Rubin on a journey about happiness, the four tendencies, and how you can use tech to your advantage. Curious about today's topic? Check out more info at https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
So Bob...We're Back!

So Bob...We're Back!

2019-09-2300:01:47

When we left off with Bob and Alia in season 1, they were wondering about the seemingly bleak state of technology. Is tech really all bad? Are there any answers to our burning questions? In Season 2, they set off to find some reasonable hope in the world of tech (even if it’s just a little). Join us for season 2 of So, Bob, where Alia and Bob find some of the brighter corners of technology, alongside the dim ones. Coming October 7.Also, stay tuned for a special miniseries sponsored by Intel on the state of privacy today. What have we gotten right? What have we gotten wrong? And what can we do to change it?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What happens when our personal photos and videos are used without our consent? When are our photos no longer ours?Our guests this episode are Eva Galperin and Mary Pilon.So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Targeting Creepy?

Is Targeting Creepy?

2019-06-2400:48:002

At what point does targeting cross the line from useful to creepy? Isn’t it weird that ads nowadays seem to know you better than you know you?Our guest this episode is Jules Polonetsky.So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why does Google Maps ask me to have my WiFi enabled to improve location accuracy? Thanks to Maggie in D.C. for today’s question.Go here and see a map of where you've been and when -- on Google.Feel weird about what Google knows about your location? Go to this page and manage your location history.Want to see all the WiFi networks near you? Visit WiGLE.netWe mentioned that Google has gotten in hot water in the past over the way Wi-Fi and the Street View part of its mapping product. Here's one story about it. So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Has technology ruined our ability to focus? Will we ever be able to get that back?Our guest this episode is journalist and author Annie Murphy Paul.So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Password managers are a great solution to remembering 100+ passwords, but are they actually safe? What makes a good password anyway? This week’s question comes from a listener on Twitter.Here are the new definitive NIST guidelines on passwords.Bruce Schneier explains this here.Ok, so just how secure are password managers? Pretty secure, but not perfect.So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is my ability to work from anywhere actually hindering me? How much does overwork affect my wellbeing?Our guest this episode is author Brigid Schulte.So, Bob is a Spoke Media original. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Should I be boycotting smart meters? A listener asks an important question about a piece of tech that most of us didn’t know was tracking us. Thanks to Brian in Lansing for this week’s question.Last year, a federal court ruled that consumers retain their expectation of privacy around smart meter data.The Electronic Frontier Foundation's legal argument in the case can be found here.Info on what smart meters actually collect can be found here.So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What happens when an app records you in your sleep? And then tells you to pay to hear recordings? Is that like, legal?? Alia and Bob search for answers.Our guest this episode is privacy lawyer Sinzi Gutiu. So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Internet: Good or Bad?

Internet: Good or Bad?

2019-05-0600:28:26

Is the internet ruining our lives? But what about puppy pics and Twitter friends and immediate access to information?! For the very first episode of So, Bob, Alia and Bob tackle the world’s easiest question: is the internet good or bad?So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Mike

I'd love to witness a gay guy told he cant come in because his outfit violates the dress code. 🤣 "BITCH IM FABULOUS!"

Dec 6th
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Nancy Loomis

First time I was wowed by the internet was when I was taking a writing course in college and there were lots of computers in the classroom. This was early 90s. We were told to think about a place we might want to travel to and look up info on it. I can't remember what place I chose, but I recall thinking that it was as if the world was at our fingertips. Kind of surreal.

Dec 4th
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Nancy Loomis

I do try to change my passwords regularly esp on critical acct.#passw But I do have lots with my dogs' names. Yes. Guilty as charged. And with so many, I do have to write them down, but I wouldn't keep any of them, even one, in my wallet.

Dec 4th
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Rick Kovac

podcast dead?

Sep 10th
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Jason B

...now the algorithm is making that choice for mE? **with upward inflection** 🙄

Jun 25th
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Salvador Barahona

I am enjoying the content of this show. I used to be one of these overwork individuals that you speak of but I now have a motto I live by "I work to live, I don't live to work" which helps me remember that I do need to take time for the reasons behind why I work.

May 27th
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Praveen Shetty

lxl

May 18th
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Jerin Poliskey

I am loving this conversation!

May 16th
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