IRL: Online Life Is Real Life

IRL: Online Life Is Real Life

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Host Veronica Belmont shares real stories of life online – and real talk about the future of the Web. Because online life is real life.
Free Speech, Limited?
Sep 18 • 36 min
In our final episode of the season, 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…