Hear a panel of leading technology experts discuss the "horrifying, beautiful, wonderful, terrifying reality of big tech” (Rae Johnston). Together, they tackle questions about who owns what on the internet, the right to privacy, digital threats to democracy, Australia’s legislative showdown with Silicon Valley, the sinister impact of the algorithm and more. Award-winning STEM journalist and proud Wiradjuri woman Rae Johnston speaks with tech reporter Angharad Yeo, cyber policy analyst Ariel Bogle, Reset Australia Executive Director Chris Cooper and Technology Editor for The Australian Financial Review Paul Smith about the role of big tech in our lives – online and off.

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms.   

Angharad Yeo (Australian)

Angharad Yeo

Angharad 'Rad' Yeo is an award-winning television presenter, video game critic, technology journalist and one of the hosts of ABC Good Game Spawn Point. She is also host of technology podcast Queens of the Drone Age, ABC Science's Elevator Pitch and Rad Experiments, and ABC Listen's How Games Play Us.

Ariel Bogle (Australian)

Ariel Bogle

Ariel Bogle is an analyst with ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre, where she researches online influence and disinformation campaigns, among other topics. Most recently, she was a technology reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has won various awards for her work, including for a 2020 Radio National series on health misinformation. She was also technology editor at The Conversation and associate editor with Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America and Arizona State University. Her reporting has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic and Slate.

Chris Cooper (Australian)

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper is the Executive Director of Reset Australia, a think tank and advocacy organisation working to counter digital threats to democracy, specifically the harms of unregulated big tech. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, he has worked at the intersection of strategic communications, advocacy and creative production to leverage culture and storytelling to shape policy, behaviour and systems. Chris is also Campaigns Director at the global social impact agency, Purpose.

Paul Smith (Australian)

Paul Smith

Paul Smith edits the technology section for the Australian Financial Review and has been a leading writer on the sector for almost 20 years. He covers big tech, how businesses are using technology, fast-growing start-ups, telecommunications and national innovation policy.

Rae Johnston (Australian)

Rae Johnston

Rae Johnston is a multi-award-winning STEM journalist and broadcaster working across television, radio, podcasts and online. A producer and host of top-rated podcasts Queens of the Drone Age, Hear+Beyond and Take It Blak, Rae is also a leading commentator on all things technology, science and pop culture. When she's not writing, Rae is mentoring underrepresented people in STEM, public speaking about everything from diversity to burnout, and voice acting – most recently in the new animated series for ABC and Nine, Space Nova.