Function with Anil Dash

Function with Anil Dash

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A podcast about how technology shapes culture and communication.


How To Save the 2020 Election: Stopping Fake News
Nov 27 • 44 min
Are social networks downplaying their complicity in the problem that is “fake news?”Anil talks to Fadi Quran of the people powered social advocacy group, Avaaz, about how tech is used to target groups of people and spread disinformation that affects our…
How to Save the 2020 Election: Journalism and Social Media
Nov 20 • 49 min
What happens when social networks become social media, and tech starts making editorial decisions? Anil talks with NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen about the priorities of tech companies and how their faux neutrality and feigned ignorance has taken a…
Purple Reign: What it Was Like to Work with Prince”
Nov 13 • 61 min
Part 2 of Anil’s discussion of Prince’s complicated relationship with technology. How do you go from fan to colleague to friend with an icon? Prince’s manager, Phaedra Ellis Lamkins and Sam Jennings, one of Prince’s webmasters take us on a journey of…
Computer Blue: Prince’s Online Legacy
Nov 6 • 51 min
What does it mean to be on the receiving end of a Prince direct message? This week on Function, Anil takes us through Prince’s complicated relationship with technology through his eyes and the eyes of super fans Jay Smooth, social commentator and former…
Introducing Reset: Can AI Teach You to Write Better
Oct 30 • 23 min
Function is back next week with a new episode. In the meantime, check out Reset from Vox and Recode. Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write? Links to resources discussed: Flawed…
American as Apple Pie: How Racism Gets Baked into Technology
Oct 23 • 60 min
Anil speaks with Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of Race After Technology, about design discrimination. They discuss how systemic racism is replicated in the…
GIFs as Blackface
Oct 16 • 38 min
It seems like every month a new cringe worthy picture of a public official in Blackface is shared on social media. The pictures usually surface decades after they were taken but they are born out of a long tradition of Blackface and racial mockery in…
Design Bias is Ruining Accessibility
Oct 9 • 48 min
Are we making sure the tech we create is usable for the people we say we want to help? Accessibility is more than a buzzword. Anil speaks with Emily Ladau, co- host of The Accessible Stall podcast; Alex Haagaard, Director of Communications at the Disabled…
We Can’t Just Log Off: Mental Health and Tech
Oct 2 • 40 min
Does the internet help or harm our mental health? In this season two premiere of Function, Anil explores how the web made an impact on his mental health and talks to experts like Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, Stanford University psychiatrist and author; and web…
Function S2 Trailer
Sep 25 • 2 min
Function with Anil Dash is back with all new episodes on October 2.
It’s More Than Just Teaching Kids to Code; Live from CES
Jan 21 • 44 min
On our season finale of Function, Anil sits down with Alex Kleinco-founder and CEO of Kano Computing live from the Google Assistant Playground at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Coding education for kids is wildly popular, from books and…
Social Media, 20 Years Ago
Jan 14 • 62 min
On Function, our focus is about how technology has influenced culture and communications, and nothing encompasses the intersection of these concepts more than social media. It’s allowed us to express our innermost feelings, meet people that share our…
How Are Personal Finance Apps Changing Our Money Habits?
Jan 7 • 38 min
Saving money is at the top of a lot of people’s lists of new year’s resolutions. According to Fidelity Investments, nearly one-third of Americans want to make some type of money resolution for 2019. Maybe you want to pay down debt, or maybe you just want…
Digital Giving for Good
Dec 31, 2018 • 45 min
It’s the end of 2018, and charities and nonprofit organizations are gearing up for their most important fundraising campaign of the year. Over 30% of all annual giving occurs in December, with approximately 12% of giving happening in these final three…
Why Are Outdated Voting Machines Still Running U.S. Elections?
Dec 17, 2018 • 52 min
The 2018 midterm elections have wrapped up here in the U.S., and issues with voting machines are back in the news. It’s not a hanging chad situation like the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida, but malfunctions, outdated tech, and talk of…
Behind the Rising Labor Movement in Tech
Dec 10, 2018 • 63 min
On November 1, 2018, thousands of Google employees around the world staged a mass walkout in protest of how the company handled claims of sexual misconduct. While this is not the first time we have seen protests at this scale, it does signal to the larger…
The Wild World of Podcast Ads
Dec 3, 2018 • 55 min
Squarespace. Mailchimp. Casper. Blue Apron. If you’re a regular podcast listener, then there’s no doubt you’ve heard ads from these companies, among many others. Podcasting’s reach has grown exponentially over the past few years, and companies like these…
Why Are Copyrights on YouTube So Confusing?
Nov 26, 2018 • 35 min
YouTube is one of the most popular websites on the Internet, and millions of users upload all kinds of videos to it every day. Some of these are original productions, but there are also song covers, clips from television or movies, and lots of other…
Should Twitter Have an Edit Button?
Nov 19, 2018 • 60 min
If you’re an active Twitter user, you’ve probably made a typo or a mistake in a tweet before that you wish you could correct. You could delete the tweet and just write another one, or Twitter could create a feature that users have adamantly requested for…
How GIFs Became Embedded in Our Culture
Nov 12, 2018 • 63 min
Ah, the humble animated GIF. We use them on social media or in text messages as a way to signify a reaction, tell a story, or just to have a laugh. Some are even making animated GIFs of entire movies! It’s not all fun and games though — organizations and…
What Makes the Apple Notes App Good for Apologies and Grocery Lists?
Nov 5, 2018 • 32 min
What does the latest celebrity mea culpa and your weekend shopping list have in common? If your answer is the Apple Notes app, then congratulations! You’re not alone. Apple Notes has become the de facto tool of choice for social media apologies,…
What Does Epic Games Owe the Artists Who Inspire Fortnite Emotes?
Oct 29, 2018 • 41 min
Epic Games’ Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world, and a big part of that popularity comes from their emotes — dances and other gestures which are used in the game as taunts or celebratory moves. However, many have called out Epic…
Introducing Function with Anil Dash
Oct 19, 2018 • 1 min
Anil Dash is a world-renowned technology expert and the CEO of Glitch. From the Obama White House to the Lower Eastside Girls Club, he’s spent decades advising people on the ways tech can transform government, society, and culture. On Function, he’ll…