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There Are No Girls on the Internet

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Marginalized voices have always been at the forefront of the internet, yet our stories often go overlooked. Bridget Todd chronicles our experiences online, and the ways marginalized voices have shaped the internet from the very beginning. We need monuments to all of the identities that make being online what it is. So let’s build them.
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This week, Elon Musk interacted with a fake Twitter account impersonating AOC, which had been banned until he decided to unban it, presumably so he could flirt with it. In less cringy news, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a landmark report calling for urgent action to protect young people from the harms of social media. TikTok is awash in creepy AI-generated true crime content being narrated by fictional murdered children, the National Eating Disorder Association learns that replacing humans with AI chatbots can lead to dangerous outcomes, NYC takes a tentative step to require transparency in AI-assisted hiring decisions, and Apple announces a suite of new accessibility features.  Amanda Knox talks true crime on There Are No Girls on the Internet: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/amanda-knox-asks-who-gets-to-own-their-story/id1520715907?i=1000552625297 Internet Hate Machine episode of the importance and history of verification on Twitter: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/what-elon-musk-could-learn-from-the-endfathersday-hoax/id1648497305?i=1000585587576 NPR piece about the National Eating Disorder Association’s union-busting chatbot: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2023/05/31/1179244569/national-eating-disorders-association-phases-out-human-helpline-pivots-to-chatbo  Get more bonus content ad-free and join the TANGOTI Discord chat at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tangoti See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Paris Marx, host of the hit podcast Tech Won’t Save Us says criticism about technology and the people and culture who build it, is imperative to securing a better tech future.     Listen to Tech Won’t Save Us: https://techwontsave.us/   SUPPORT THE SHOW BY SUBSCRIBING TO OUR PATREON! PATREON.COM/TANGOTISee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week we learned that police officers helped the insurrectionists, and that Google never stopped collecting data on visits to abortion centers like they said they would. Target pulled Pride merch to protect its employees from violent exhibitionists, and Ron DeSantis congratulated himself on Twitter (in between server crashes).  For more content like this, check out our Patreon: Patreon.com/TANGOTISee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When writer, cultural critic and OG Twitter icon Mikki Kendall created the viral hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, she changed the face of online feminism.   Ten years later she looks back on where the platform, and all of us, are headed.   Mikki’s MIT Tech Review Piece: I made it big on Twitter. Now I don’t think I can stay: https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/10/28/1062414/elon-musk-leaving-twitter-solidarity-is-for-white-women-virality/   Mikki’s NPR response about #SolidarityisForWhiteWomen (and NPR’s apology:) https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/09/05/219278156/twitter-feminism-and-race-who-gets-a-seat-at-the-table   SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PATREON FOR AD FREE BONUS CONTENT: PATREON.COM/TANGOTISee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We’re doing a new thing where we summarize tech, media, and internet news you may have missed this week. For more content like this, check out our Patreon: Patreon.com/TANGOTI Banning TikTok would hurt marginalized communities w/ Abbie Richards: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/banning-tiktok-would-hurt-marginalized-communities/id1520715907?i=1000606352152See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In the first episode of our miniseries Present Future, Bridget talks with disinformation expert Nina Jankowicz. After being appointed to a position in the Biden administration to combat disinformation, she was targeted by a right wing smear campaign that upended her life and impacted her family. Now, she’s suing Fox News for defamation. Are defamation lawsuits a new blueprint for how to combat harmful lies and harassment in the future? Listening to Nina's story, it's clear we need a change. New Defamation Suit Against Fox Signals Continued Legal Threat: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/10/business/media/defamation-suit-fox-nina-jankowicz.html IF YOU WANNA SUPPORT THE SHOW, GET MORE CONTENT BY SUBSCRIBING TO OUR BRAND NEW PATREON! Patreon.com/tangoti See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There Are No Girls on the Internet is back! And this season we’re diving into the future and making sure everyone’s voice is included with our new series Present Future.   How has AI impacted women and people of color? What’s the next big social media platform if Twitter dies and how will we all show up there? What’s the future of our digital landscape?    On this brand new season, we’ll hear from the women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color mapping out the future of the internet today to explore what you need to know about what’s next.   New episodes from Tuesday May 16th! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
TikTok is a hotbed of viral misinformation about trafficking. Jessica AKA BloodBathAndBeyond is trying to change that.You’re Wrong About’s Micheal Hobbes’ episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/disinformed-were-wrong-about-trafficking-w-michael-hobbes/id1520715907?i=1000518893578Follow Jessica on TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeV4t1Hb/For more information about trafficking, check out the Polaris Project: https://polarisproject.org/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Odds are, you’re probably not going to be kidnapped and sold into sex trafficking in a Target parking lot in broad daylight. On the fantastic podcast You’re Wrong About, Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall debunk the thinking that leads to moral panics.Michael explains what we’re all getting wrong about trafficking and why it matters.Listen to You’re Wrong About: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/human-trafficking/id1380008439?i=1000465289965 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sometimes called “The Manosphere,” a network of sexist, racist online communities are taking advantage of algorithms to indoctrinate young men into extreme ideology.Everyday Feminism creator Laura Bates researched these spaces for her book Men Who Hate: From Incels to Pickup Artists, the Truth about Extreme Misogyny and how it Affects Us All.Check out Laura’s book: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/13/976379494/manosphere-world-of-incels-exposed-in-laura-bates-book-men-who-hate-women Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week, Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man, was shot and killed by police in Brooklyn Center, MN. Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by police while storming the Capitol on January 6th. After Daunte Wright’s death, far right bad actors on social media used his death to push distortions about the Insurrection.Text ENOUGH to 55165 or visit Color of Change for more info on how you can get involved: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/enough_is_enough/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Georgia’s massive new voting law is a response to lies, distortions and disinformation about the 2020 election.Independent journalist Anoa Changa breaks down what this means for Georgians and what comes next.Follow Anoa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheWayWithAnoaCheck out Anoa’s amazing podcast: https://thewaywithanoa.simplecast.com/Read Anoa’s piece ‘That’s the Failsafe’: Georgia’s New Voting Law Does What Trump Couldn’t: https://newsone.com/4118173/georgia-new-voting-law-does-what-trump-couldnt/#.YGEQW48mUPE.twitterDonate to the New Georgia Project: https://newgeorgiaproject.org/VOTE FOR DISINFORMED TO WIN A SHORTY AWARD: TANGOTI.COM/VOTE Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Research is clear that Black women are disproportionately the targets of online harassment. And even though she’s rich and famous, the story Meghan Markle’s shared in her interview with Oprah is no different than the kinds of abuse that has been normalized against Black women for years.Want more info about how the media can spread biases about women public figures? Here’s a guide we made at UltraViolet: https://weareultraviolet.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/uv-vp-reporting-styleguide-v3.pdfDid you watch Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview? Let us know what you thought at hello@Tangoti.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A few weeks ago, we spoke to Meghna Mahadevan, Chief Disinformation Defense Strategist at United We Dream, the country’s largest immigrant youth led organization, about how bad actors inflame existing tensions between communities to spread chaos and distrust.The tragic death of Mexican American soldier Vanessa Guillen is a good example. On this ep, we’ll revisit her story and how it was used to fuel hateful distortions online.Listen to Meghna’s full episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/there-are-no-girls-on-the-internet/id1520715907?i=1000510395461More about the Latino Disinfo Lab: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/liberal-groups-launch-latino-anti-disinformation-lab-combat-covid-election-n1258144Questions? Comments? Just wanna say hi? Hello@Tangoti.comIf you wanna help us grow please rate and review on Apple Podcasts and don’t forget to subscribe (it really does help!) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Activist Emily Gorcenski uses her data science background to track and combat Nazis and white supremacists. She explains why the dangerous work of resistance has often fallen to women.Follow Emily on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilyGorcenskiFirst Vigil: https://first-vigil.com/Question? Comments? Just wanna say jambo / hola / hello? hello@tangoti.com( If you’re reading this far, why not take a moment to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts? It actually will help us grow. ) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Meghna Mahadevan is Chief Disinformation Defense Strategist at United We Dream, the country’s largest immigrant youth led organization. She explains how dis and mis information is threatening immigrant communities and how immigrant youth are fighting for a more just digital media landscape.Learn more about United We Dream:Join me on Clubhouse Friday, Feb 26th: https://www.joinclubhouse.com/event/PYzarD1z Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Facebook’s hasty ban on all news content in Australia has already had far reaching consequences. Digital organizer and founder of OrganiseUs, Tabatha Fulker, explains the impact this is already having on digital activists in Australia.Follow Tabatha on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tabfulLearn more about OrganiseUs: https://www.organiseus.com.au/Here’s Bridget and Tabatha in Melbourne, Australia for OrganiseUs’ annual intensive for Australian human rights and climate activists: https://www.tangoti.com/bridget-and-tabithaQuestions? Comments? Just wanna say jambo/ hola / hello? Hello@tangoti.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ifeoma Ozoma pioneered groundbreaking work to keep dangerous health misinformation off Pinterest, even before we were in a pandemic. But it came at great cost to her own health and safety.Follow Ifeoma: https://twitter.com/IfeomaOzomaListen to the full TANGOTI episode about Ifeoma and Color of Change’s work on Pinterest and slave plantation wedding venues: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dont-have-a-wedding-on-a-plantation/id1520715907?i=1000492172280Questions? Comments? Just wanna say jambo/ hola / hello? Hello@tangoti.comFollow Bridget on Instagram at @BridgetMarieinDC and on Twitter @BridgetMarie Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this week’s episode, Pen America’s Nora Benavidez talked about how slowing down on social media is a concrete step anyone can take to curb disinformation. Even the most extremely online can get fooled into sharing inaccurate information online. On this short mini ep, host Bridget talks about the time she shared something dubious.That Viral Tweet About Suicide Rates in the Pandemic Is Wrong and Dangerous: https://slate.com/technology/2020/11/whats-actually-happening-with-suicide-during-the-pandemic.htmlBest Practices and Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide: https://reportingonsuicide.org/recommendations/Listen to Nora’s full episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/disinformed-is-kicking-trump-off-twitter-censorship/id1520715907?i=1000508392273Questions? Comments? Just wanna say jambo? Hit us up at hello@tangoti.comNeed support? The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is here for you 24/7:https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/800-273-8255 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It's the first day of Trump’s second impeachment trial. And no matter what happens, it’s clear he used social media to threaten our democracy with disinformation. Nora Benavidez, civil rights attorney and director of Pen America’s US Free Expression Programs, explains how so many are getting it wrong when it comes to platforms and free speech and how we could all benefit from just slowing down online.Follow Nora: https://twitter.com/AttorneyNoraCheck out Pen’s how-to guide on talking to your family about misinformation: https://pen.org/how-to-talk-to-friends-and-family-who-share-misinformation/Questions? Comments? Just wanna say jambo? Hit us up at hello@tangoti.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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