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Function with Anil Dash

25 EpisodesProduced by Vox MediaWebsite

Our culture is shaped by technology, and the people building that technology determine how it’s changing our lives. But who are they? And how do they think about their responsibility to the rest of us? From mental health to algorithmic bias, entrepreneur Anil Dash talks to developers, designers, and… read more

25 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Bonus: Why Online Safety is a Human Rights Issue

March 6th, 2020


In keeping with our season long discussion of trust on the internet, on this bonus episode of Function - we explore online safety.

Writer and activist Feminista Jones talks about the lasting effects of online …

Bonus: Live from Texas Tribune Fest: Reclaiming Community on the Web

December 19th, 2019


The integrity of the internet is at stake -- what have we lost and how do we get it back?

At the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, Anil spoke with web …

How To Save the 2020 Election: Stopping Fake News

November 27th, 2019


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 …

How to Save the 2020 Election: Journalism and Social Media

November 20th, 2019


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 …

Purple Reign: What it Was Like to Work with Prince"

November 13th, 2019


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 …

Computer Blue: Prince's Online Legacy

November 6th, 2019


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 …

Introducing Reset: Can AI Teach You to Write Better

October 30th, 2019


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 …

American as Apple Pie: How Racism Gets Baked into Technology

October 23rd, 2019


Anil speaks with Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of Race …

GIFs as Blackface

October 16th, 2019


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 …

Design Bias is Ruining Accessibility

October 9th, 2019


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 podcastAlex Haagaard, …

We Can't Just Log Off: Mental Health and Tech

October 2nd, 2019


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 …

Function S2 Trailer

September 25th, 2019


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

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, among …

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. 

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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