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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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We’re soft-launching having a little banter at the top of the episode, but to get straight to the news go to the 4:25 mark!  Wanna listen to Bridget dig into her Spotify Wrapped?5:20  Check out the Patreon! NameDrop is safe. The fearmongering about it is not: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Disabling NameDrop (if you want to): Instagram’s Algorithm Delivers Toxic Video Mix to Adults Who Follow Children (paywalled) How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life: Google agrees to pay publishers in Canada and drops plans for blocking news: Why Mickey Mouse’s 1998 copyright extension probably won’t happen again: Sports Illustrated Published Articles by Fake, AI-Generated Writers: for privacy information.
Last week, Sam Altman was abruptly fired from Open AI. Don’t worry, he’s already been reinstated.  Dr. Misty Heggeness, Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas, talks with Bridget about what all the drama around his departure and return says about male leaders in tech and beyond.  Read Misty’s op-ed: How the OpenAI saga illustrates tech’s toxic masculinity problem: for privacy information.
After being falsely accused of murder in a global scandal screamed from tabloid headlines, these days exoneree, activist, mom, and host of the podcast Labyrinths Amanda Knox spends her time imagining a healthier media landscape. Check out the work Amanda does alongside her husband Chris: Read Amanda's Medium piece, Who Owns My Name: Amanda and Chris' podcast Labyrinths is very good, but this episode is my favorite: Subscribe to our Patreon:  Help support the show at our merch store: TANGOTI.COM/store  Want to say hi? Hit us up at Hello@Tangoti.comSee for privacy information.
There’s a lot going on with Twitter! It’s been a few weeks since we’ve done an installment of our segment, “What’s Elon Done Now?” because we were sick of talking about him. But some big things happened this week, so Bridget sits down with Producer Mike to recap and talk about what it all means.  From Elon boosting antisemitic tweets and calling it “actual truth” to Media Matters releasing a damning report about hate speech on the platform and major advertisers pulling the plug, it’s been an eventful week.  Media Matters report on Twitter ads being placed next to nazi content:  How Elon Musk came to have so much leverage over the U.S. government, and the U.S. military’s uncomfortable reliance on Starlink. (it’s a long read but a good one):  Dr. Caroline Orr Bueno’s Twitter thread on informational dark spaces: Elon Musk’s ‘thermonuclear’ lawsuit over hate-adjacent ads on X… actually confirms them: for privacy information.
Learn more about Joey’s new podcast with Raquel Willis Afterlives: Dear Video Game Industry, Please Name A Woman: FCC moves to help domestic violence victims with new rules around cellphones: Haley walks back declaration that all social media users must be verified: YouTube will label AI-generated videos that look real: for privacy information.
“We got the yacht!” Actors strike wins concessions that will impact AI and streaming for decades: Zuckerberg personally and repeatedly blocked efforts to make Meta's products less harmful: How to be a whistleblower with Sophie Zhang: Building a Better Internet with Carrie Goldberg: Omegle’s goodbye: Advertisers Don’t Want Sites Like Jezebel to Exist: Jezebel and the Question of Women’s Anger for privacy information.
In the wake of Britney Spears’ hit memoir, are social media bots changing the conversation? Bridget does a deep dive into how social media bots are changing the landscape of social media discourse. From celebrity disputes to television reviews and political discourse, the threat of bots and inauthentic accounts are shaping how we think and how we talk to each other, whether they’re real or not.  Massive Twitter Bot Farm Is Heaping Praise on Trump and Trashing DeSantis” Is There a Bot Behind That Tweet? Bots on X worse than ever according to analysis of 1m tweets during first Republican primary debate: Even a few bots can shift public opinion in big ways: for privacy information.
Dr. Joy Buolamwini has been raising the alarm about the harm of AI for years, through her research and advocacy. People are finally starting to listen. Dr. Buolamwini is a 2020 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards honoree and 2023 featured presenter.  Learn more about the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards: Check out Dr. Buolamwini’s new book Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines: Dr. Buolamwini runs the Algorithmic Justice League. Find out more about her work: for privacy information.
Calif. DMV says Cruise hid video of SF crash, suspends driverless car firm's permits: Meta and kids lawsuit from 41 state Attorneys General: Don’t be misogynistic! Gender pay and promotion discrimination at Google: Google owes executive $1 million after losing gender bias lawsuit  Our episode with Ifeoma Ozoma: Read more about Ifeoma’s Silenced No More Act: UCLA report on young people and what they want to see in the media. Spoiler: it isn’t drugs or toxic relationships:  Employees are so sick of the five-day workweek that most would take a pay cut to make a four-day week happen: for privacy information.
Julia Mazur, host of the great podcast Pretty Much Done, made an innocuous TikTok about how she spent her weekend as a single woman with no kids. And then a mob of right wing extremists attacked her for it.    Julia joins to tell her story, and what it tells us about being a single woman online.    Follow Julia’s podcast Pretty Much Done: See for privacy information.
Last week, we looked at how Twitter is creating more chaos in the Israel / Palestine conflict. Now, a look into how things are going on Instagram (not great!): Why I'm not expecting my friends to make social media posts about Israel: A far-right Twitter troll was sentenced to seven months in prison for his 2016 election tweets: Former Fugees rapper Pras is in a whole lot of very serious legal trouble. So why did his legal team use his trial to boost their AI platform? Elon Musk talked a big game on keeping child exploitation off he’s being fined for doing such a bad job of it: VR might help people with hoarding disorder: for privacy information.
On the just launched brand new season of Mozilla’s podcast IRL: Online Life is Real Life, Bridget explores the power of putting people over profit in AI. In this first episode, we look at the risks and rewards of open sourcing the tech that makes ChatGPT talk.  If you liked this episode, let us know! And be sure to subscribe to IRL: for privacy information.
The changes Elon Musk has made to Twitter are making it impossible to sort out what’s happening in the Israel / Hamas conflict. From gutting the Trust & Safety team to making verification meaningless and paying for engagement, Elon Musk has systematically removed the few safeguards we had that were able to keep disinformation on the platform (somewhat) in check. Today, while the world is watching in terror as the Israeli-Hamas conflict unfolds and intensifies, Twitter is more awash in fake claims and fake news than ever before.    What is Hamas, and what’s happening in Israel and Gaza? A really simple guide:    Inside X’s Community Notes, fact-checks on known misinformation are delayed for days:    Unverified reports of ‘40 babies beheaded’ in Israel-Hamas war inflame social media: Tensions had been building in Jerusalem for months, especially around the Al-Aqsa Mosque: See for privacy information.
Sometimes it’s difficult to remember how far we’ve come in the fight for equality.  Kevin Jennings is CEO of Lambda Legal, the country’s oldest LGBTQ+ legal rights organization. He says it’s important to remember where we’ve been and how far we’ve come to have a clear sense of where we’re going, explains why he’s optimistic about young people, and shares his vision for a future where no one needs to come out - we’re all just free to be ourselves.   LEARN MORE ABOUT LAMBDA LEGAL : See for privacy information.
Want to bring Bridget to your school, job, or event? Email us! Bridget on Anita B’s podcast Be The Change: Men Overran a Job Fair for Women in Tech: Instagram isn’t causing overcrowding in parks as much as assumed, OSU study suggests: Mobile apps fueling AI-generated nudes of young girls: Spanish police: Extortion blackmail scams on the rise among your people, especially teen boys:  Elon Musk Hit With Lawsuit For Falsely Accusing Man Of Being Part Of Neo-Nazi Brawl: NYC Becomes First U.S. City to Offer Abortion Pills Via Telehealth: for privacy information.
In this special episode taped from the iHeart Music Festival in the Bose recording booth, Bridget and Mike talk about the rise of many-to-many social surveillance via social media and what it means for all of us.See for privacy information.
Bridget’s other podcast BEEF is nominated for 3 Signal Awards! Can you vote for BEEF to win? Just go to Apple removes app created by Andrew Tate: Why We’re Pulling Our Recommendation of Wyze Security Cameras: The EU says Twitter/X is the worst platform for disinformation: ​​Bill would criminalize 'extremely harmful' online 'deepfakes’: If You Resold Taylor Swift Eras Tour Tickets, the IRS Is Watching: for privacy information.
Apple joined the Google Play store in dropping Andrew Tate’s pyramid scheme app. And while Tate was in custody, Just Pearly Things rose up in his place.  Justin Horowitz, researcher at Media Matters, explains the hold these misogynistic manosphere influencers have on the internet and what it means for all of us.  Read Justin’s Media Matters research: Apple removes app created by Andrew Tate: for privacy information.
For Bridget's full take on Ashton Kutcher and anti-trafficking work, check out the Patreon:  Russell Brand accused of sexual assault by multiple women; but defended by Elon Musk and Alex Jones:  New chatbot connects abortion-seekers with care options:  Amazon leaders were ‘okay’ with people being secretly signed up for Prime, lawsuit allege: Google bans Andrew Tate's 'The Real World' App:  Tim Ballard’s Departure From Operation Underground Railroad Followed Sexual Misconduct Investigation: for privacy information.
Spill is a meme forward, highly visual social media platform that is putting power in the hands of the people who use it.  Kenya Parham, Spill’s Global Vice President of Community and Partnerships, explains how the team is building a new platform that feels like a safe, fun party with all your favorite cousins.  TRY SPILL: for privacy information.
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