Function with Anil Dash

14 EpisodesProduced by Vox Media

What goes into the technical choices that change our culture? Entrepreneur, activist and writer Anil Dash sits down with the developers behind some of the world's best-known apps, games and services, and also talks with users, critics and culture experts to unpack the effects of these features. Prod… read more

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Facebook and Glitch Present "The State of the Internet 2019"

February 19th, 2019

Join Function host Anil Dash for the The State of the Internet 2019 on February 28, 2019. This first Forum at Civic Hall is in partnership with Facebook and Glitch. Join Anil and Matt Mitchell of CryptoHarlem / Tactical …

It's More Than Just Teaching Kids to Code; Live from CES

January 21st, 2019

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 …

Social Media, 20 Years Ago

January 14th, 2019

On Function, our focus is about how technology has influenced culture and communications, and nothing encompasses the intersection of these concepts …

Digital Giving for Good

December 31st, 2018

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 …

Why Are Outdated Voting Machines Still Running U.S. Elections?

December 17th, 2018

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 …

Behind the Rising Labor Movement in Tech

December 10th, 2018


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 …

The Wild World of Podcast Ads

December 3rd, 2018


Squarespace, Mailchimp, Casper, Blue Apron; If you're a regular podcast listener, then there's no doubt you've heard ads from these companies. …

Why Are Copyrights on YouTube So Confusing?

November 26th, 2018


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 …

Should Twitter Have an Edit Button?

November 19th, 2018


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 …

How GIFs Became Embedded in Our Culture

November 12th, 2018


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. 

This week on Function, we explore the origins of GIFs; their place in …

What Makes the Apple Notes App Good for Apologies and Grocery Lists?

November 5th, 2018


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! …

What Does Epic Games Owe the Artists Who Inspire Fortnite Emotes?

October 29th, 2018


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 …

Introducing Function with Anil Dash

October 20th, 2018


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 …

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