IRL - Online Life Is Real Life

28 EpisodesProduced by Mozilla

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 Manoush Zomorodi explores this disconnect with stories from the wilds of the Web and gets to the bottom of online issues that affect us all. Whether it’s privacy b… read more

28 Episodes | 2017 - 2018

Your Password is the Worst

December 10th, 2018


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 …

Checking Out Online Shopping

November 26th, 2018


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 …

Introducing Season 4 of IRL - Online Life is Real Life

November 12th, 2018


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 …

What to Expect When You're Electing

October 4th, 2018


Kids These Days

September 10th, 2018


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 …

Bullying and Bonding Online

August 27th, 2018


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 …

Virtual Connections

August 13th, 2018


Paid Attention

July 30th, 2018


Press Play

July 16th, 2018


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 …

The Grand Bargain

July 2nd, 2018


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 …

Introducing Season 3 of IRL: Because Online Life is Real Life

June 18th, 2018


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 …


April 2nd, 2018


Social Bubble Bath

March 18th, 2018


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 …


March 4th, 2018


From Google search to Facebook news, algorithms shape our online experience. But like us, algorithms are flawed. Programmers write cultural biases …

Cloak of Invisibility

February 16th, 2018


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 …

Face Value

February 4th, 2018


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 …

Digital Overload

January 21st, 2018


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 …

Bot or Not

January 7th, 2018


Net Neutrality Emergency

December 10th, 2017


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 …

Status Update

November 14th, 2017


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 …

Free Speech, Limited?

September 17th, 2017


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 …

All Access Pass

September 3rd, 2017


I Spy With My Digital Eye

August 20th, 2017


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 …

The Care and Feeding of Your Troll

August 6th, 2017


Trolls. You'll find them in every corner of the Internet. During this episode, explore the landscape of trolling online, its impact on individuals, …

Hack Jobs

July 23rd, 2017


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 …

The Neutral Zone: The Future of Net Neutrality

July 9th, 2017


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 …

All Your Data Are Belong To Us

June 25th, 2017


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 …

Introducing IRL: Because Online Life is Real Life

June 12th, 2017

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