IRL - Online Life Is Real Life

IRL - Online Life Is Real Life

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Host Manoush Zomorodi shares real stories of life online and real talk about the future of the Web. IRL is an original podcast from Firefox.


“The Weird Kids at the Big Tech Party” from ZigZag
Oct 28 • 45 min
We’re featuring an episode from the ZigZag podcast called “The Weird Kids at the Big Tech Party.” Before Silicon Valley was dominated by the Big Five tech companies, there was Mozilla - founded by coders and activists who believed the internet should be…
Privacy or Profit - Why Not Both?
Sep 9 • 26 min
Every day, our data hits the market when we sign online. It’s for sale, and we’re left to wonder if tech companies will ever choose to protect our privacy rather than reap large profits with our information. But, is the choice — profit or privacy — a…
Making Privacy Law
Aug 26 • 32 min
The word “regulation” gets tossed around a lot. And it’s often aimed at the internet’s Big Tech companies. Some worry that the size of these companies and the influence they wield is too much. On the other side, there’s the argument that any regulation is…
The 5G Privilege
Aug 12 • 23 min
‘5G’ is a new buzzword floating around every corner of the internet. But what exactly is this hyped-up cellular network, often referred to as the next technological evolution in mobile internet communications? Will it really be 100 times faster than what…
The Tech Worker Resistance
Jul 29 • 22 min
There’s a movement building within tech. Workers are demanding higher standards from their companies — and because of their unique skills and talent, they have the leverage to get attention. Walkouts and sit-ins. Picket protests and petitions. Shareholder…
The Internet’s Carbon Footprint
Jul 15 • 28 min
Manoush Zomorodi explores the surprising environmental impact of the internet in this episode of IRL. Because while it’s easy to think of the internet as living only on your screen, energy demand for the internet is indeed powered by massive server farms,…
Democracy and the Internet
Jun 30 • 25 min
Part of celebrating democracy is questioning what influences it. In this episode of IRL, we look at how the internet influences us, our votes, and our systems of government. Is democracy in trouble? Are democratic elections and the internet incompatible?…
The “Privacy Policy” Policy
Jun 17 • 26 min
Privacy policies: most apps and websites have them, buried away somewhere. These legal documents explain how the company collects, uses, and shares your personal data. But let’s be honest, few of us actually read these things, right? And that passive…
What if Women Built the Internet?
Mar 4 • 24 min
All the things we love on the internet — from websites that give us information to services that connect us — are made stronger when their creators come with different points of view. With this in mind, we asked ourselves and our guests: “What would the…
Decentralize It
Feb 18 • 25 min
Some people believe that decentralization is the inevitable future of the web. They believe that internet users will start to demand more privacy and authenticity of information online and that they’ll look to decentralized platforms to get those things.…
The Surveillance Economy
Feb 4 • 27 min
In her new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Harvard Business School’s Shoshana Zuboff argues that tech companies — like Google and Facebook — collect so much personal data for profit, that they’re changing the fundamentals of our economy and way…
The Human Costs of Content Moderation
Jan 21 • 28 min
What, if anything, should be banned from online media? And who should review violent and explicit content, in order to decide if it’s okay for the public? Thousands of people around the world are working long, difficult hours as content moderators in…
TL;DR
Jan 7 • 24 min
TL;DR: We have access to more things to read than ever before. Too much, in fact. Our reading habits have shifted. We skim a lot. We look for full stories baked into headlines. Our eyes bounce around from one article to the next, and we try and fail to…
Your Password is the Worst
Dec 10, 2018 • 27 min
Look, we agree with you: passwords are the worst. But you know what else is the worst? Someone hacking your account, or big security breaches that expose your email, your credit card information, your government-issued identification number, and more. We…
Checking Out Online Shopping
Nov 26, 2018 • 29 min
When you shop, your data may be the most valuable thing for sale. This isn’t just true online — your data follows you into brick and mortar stores now as well. Manoush Zomorodi explores the hidden costs of shopping, online and off. Meet Meta Brown, a data…
Introducing Season 4 of IRL - Online Life is Real Life
Nov 12, 2018 • 2 min
Can ‘ethical tech’ be a thing? We think so. Season 4 of Mozilla’s IRL podcast will explore all the ways tech can have a more positive influence on people, communities, and societies at large. And, we’re delighted to welcome our new host Manoush Zomorodi,…
What to Expect When You’re Electing
Oct 4, 2018 • 47 min
The 2016 U.S. presidential election blew up our ideas about influence campaigns in the age of screens. Two years later, Veronica Belmont and Baratunde Thurston examine how the internet is changing our minds, our votes, and our democracies – all over the…
Kids These Days
Sep 10, 2018 • 37 min
Today’s teens are the first humans who have spent their entire lives online. Join Veronica Belmont and Manoush Zomorodi as they explore what kids are facing on the interwebs, how they’re using social media for good, how they’re handling cyberbullying, and…
Bullying and Bonding Online
Aug 27, 2018 • 32 min
It’s a problem when tribalism divides us, online or in real life. Join Veronica Belmont and Franchesca Ramsey as they meet the people working to make the web — and world — friendlier places. Jhamel Robinson discusses how he used social media to organize a…
Virtual Connections
Aug 13, 2018 • 28 min
:’-) Ever wonder why emoticons exist? They popped up in the 1980s to make online connections feel a little less digital and a little more personal :D. In this episode of IRL, host Veronica Belmont and special guest Peter Rojas explore how the Internet is…
Paid Attention
Jul 30, 2018 • 23 min
There’s a new currency in town (and no, we’re not talking about Bitcoin). We’re talking about attention. In this episode of IRL, Veronica Belmont and special guest Jane Lytvynenko explore all the ways your attention has become worth money on social media.…
Press Play
Jul 16, 2018 • 32 min
One of the most successful recruitment tools the U.S. Army ever made was…a video game? Sometimes without even knowing it, gaming elements in technology — often designed for addiction — are incentivizing you to think certain ways and do certain things.…
The Grand Bargain
Jul 2, 2018 • 29 min
We’re told from a young age to “accept the things we cannot change.” But should this be the case online as well? We click “Accept” every day, but often don’t know what we’re giving away. Is it a fair trade, and should we demand a better bargain? Veronica…
Introducing Season 3 of IRL: Because Online Life is Real Life
Jun 18, 2018 • 1 min
In Season 3 of IRL, we’re exploring the bargains we make online every day, and how we might approach striking better deals with the powers that be. You’ll find out what happened when the U.S. Army got into the video game business, what it’s like to be a…
Ctrl+Alt+Facts
Apr 2, 2018 • 36 min
From campaign bots to conspiracy videos, it’s harder than ever to discover the truth online. In conversation with The New York Times’ Sheera Frenkel, Data For Democracy Policy Lead and Mozilla Fellow Renee DiResta, and DisInfoMedia founder Jestin Coler,…
Social Bubble Bath
Mar 19, 2018 • 27 min
We’ve long heard that the ways the web is tailored for each user—how we search, what we’re shown, who we read and follow— reinforces walls between us. Veronica Belmont investigates how social media can create and can break our filter bubbles. Megan…
Algorisky
Mar 5, 2018 • 29 min
From Google search to Facebook news, algorithms shape our online experience. But like us, algorithms are flawed. Programmers write cultural biases into code, whether they realize it or not. Author Luke Dormehl explores the impact of algorithms, on and…
Cloak of Invisibility
Feb 16, 2018 • 26 min
On the Internet no one knows you’re a dog, as the old joke goes. But does anonymity truly exist on the web anymore? And when it’s taken from us, what else do we lose? So Sad Today talks about the value of anonymity for women and self-care. Jonathan…
Face Value
Feb 5, 2018 • 28 min
From Snapchat filters to Google’s art selfies, biometric technology plays a growing role in our everyday lives. What do we actually give up when we upload our face to these apps? Steven Talley shares his experience as the victim of mistaken identity.…
Digital Overload
Jan 22, 2018 • 27 min
What does it mean to grow up online? Veronica Belmont investigates how the www is changing us: our personalities, our bodies, and our brains. A college student shares his experience at rehab for Internet addiction. Bestselling author Nir Eyal breaks down…
Bot or Not
Jan 8, 2018 • 28 min
Most website visitors aren’t human. They’re bots. And these automated accounts are having serious, real-world impact; from the 2016 election to the FCC’s recent, controversial net neutrality vote. Veronica Belmont investigates the rise of social media…
Net Neutrality Emergency
Dec 11, 2017 • 16 min
The battle for the open Internet isn’t over. In the days leading up to the FCC’s net neutrality vote, we investigate what’s next in the fight. We Rate Dogs’ Matt Nelson talks about trolling Ajit Pai with a pay-per-pupper plan. Verizon protesters share…
Status Update
Nov 15, 2017 • 26 min
In this bonus episode, we check in on some of Season One’s stories and see how they’ve evolved. Activist Amanda Werner talks about their turn as the Monopoly Man at the Equifax hearings, and how to create visibility for victims of identity theft.…
Free Speech, Limited?
Sep 18, 2017 • 36 min
In our final episode of season 1, we break from our usual format to host a big conversation. Recent events like the Charlottesville, VA rally have revealed the Internet’s role in helping spread IRL threats and violence. Leaders in the tech world have…
All Access Pass
Sep 4, 2017 • 26 min
What is life like without fast Internet, and how does life change once a person has it? Should Internet access be a right, rather than a luxury? Veronica Belmont explores these questions as she talks to people about joining the digital economy. Inspiring…
I Spy With My Digital Eye
Aug 21, 2017 • 26 min
We react against the idea of surveillance, but it turns out that we’ve invited it into our homes through devices like digital assistants, connected toys, and baby monitors. Are you comfortable with the idea that someone might be watching you or listening…
The Care and Feeding of Your Troll
Aug 7, 2017 • 26 min
Trolls. You’ll find them in every corner of the Internet. During this episode, explore the landscape of trolling online, its impact on individuals, and its impact on the Web. Some people are fighting back in new and tasty ways. Baked goods included.
Hack Jobs
Jul 24, 2017 • 26 min
Have you been hacked, or been the victim of malware or ransomware? Humans make the internet vibrant, but we’re also the weakest link — we’re predictable and often easily fooled. This episode of IRL focuses on our internet insecurity. Meet the unsung…
The Neutral Zone: The Future of Net Neutrality
Jul 10, 2017 • 25 min
The Internet (at least in the US) is at a crossroads as the FCC is considering rolling back the net neutrality regulations it adopted in 2015. If net neutrality is abolished, the Internet could shift from an essential service that all consumers can access…
All Your Data Are Belong To Us
Jun 26, 2017 • 26 min
You’ve heard the expression, “When something is free, you’re the product.” And, while you may think it’s no big deal to give away your personal data in exchange for free online services, how can you know that what you get for what you give is a fair…
Introducing IRL: Because Online Life is Real Life
Jun 12, 2017 • 2 min
Our online life is real life. We walk, talk, work, LOL and even love on the Internet – but we don’t always treat it like real life. Host Veronica Belmont explores this disconnect with stories from the wilds of the Web – and gets to the bottom of online…