IRL - Online Life Is Real Life

36 EpisodesProduced by Firefox, backed 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 … read more

36 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

The Internet's Carbon Footprint

July 15th, 2019

28:12

Manoush Zomorodi explores the surprising environmental impact of the internet in this episode of IRL. Because while it’s easy to think of the internet as living only on your screen, energy demand for the internet is …

Democracy and the Internet

July 1st, 2019

25:02

Part of celebrating democracy is questioning what influences it. In this episode of IRL, we look at how the internet influences us, our votes, and our systems of government. Is democracy in trouble? Are democratic …

The "Privacy Policy" Policy

June 17th, 2019

26:47

Privacy policies: most apps and websites have them, buried away somewhere. These legal documents explain how the company collects, uses, and shares …

What if Women Built the Internet?

March 4th, 2019

24:58

All the things we love on the internet — from websites that give us information to services that connect us — are made stronger when their creators come with different points of view. With this in mind, we asked …

Decentralize It

February 18th, 2019

25:09

Some people believe that decentralization is the inevitable future of the web. They believe that internet users will start to demand more privacy and authenticity of information online and that they’ll look to …

The Surveillance Economy

February 4th, 2019

27:39

In her new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Harvard Business School’s Shoshana Zuboff argues that tech companies — like Google and Facebook …

The Human Costs of Content Moderation

January 21st, 2019

28:03

What, if anything, should be banned from online media? And who should review violent and explicit content, in order to decide if it’s okay for the …

TL;DR

January 7th, 2019

24:25

TL;DR: We have access to more things to read than ever before. Too much, in fact. Our reading habits have shifted. We skim a lot. We look for full …

Your Password is the Worst

December 10th, 2018

27:13

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

29:35

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

2:21

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

47:36

The 2016 U.S. presidential election blew up our ideas about influence campaigns in the age of screens. Two years later, Veronica Belmont and Baratunde Thurston examine how the internet is changing our minds, our votes, …

Kids These Days

September 10th, 2018

37:16

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

32:50

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

28:51

:'-) Ever wonder why emoticons exist? They popped up in the 1980s to make online connections feel a little less digital and a little more personal :D. In this episode of IRL, host Veronica Belmont and special guest

Paid Attention

July 30th, 2018

23:55

There’s a new currency in town (and no, we’re not talking about Bitcoin). We’re talking about attention. In this episode of IRL, Veronica Belmont and special guest Jane Lytvynenko explore all the ways your attention has …

Press Play

July 16th, 2018

32:45

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

29:30

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

1:59

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 …

Ctrl+Alt+Facts

April 2nd, 2018

36:59

From campaign bots to conspiracy videos, it’s harder than ever to discover the truth online. In conversation with The New York Times’ Sheera Frenkel,

Social Bubble Bath

March 19th, 2018

27:30

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 …

Algorisky

March 5th, 2018

29:33

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

26:17

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 5th, 2018

28:32

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 22nd, 2018

27:12

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 8th, 2018

28:10

Most website visitors aren’t human. They’re bots. And these automated accounts are having serious, real-world impact; from the 2016 election to the FCC’s recent, controversial net neutrality vote. Veronica Belmont

Net Neutrality Emergency

December 11th, 2017

16:50

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 15th, 2017

26:16

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 18th, 2017

36:59

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 4th, 2017

26:48

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?

I Spy With My Digital Eye

August 21st, 2017

26:13

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 7th, 2017

26:12

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 24th, 2017

26:09

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 10th, 2017

25:22

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 26th, 2017

26:54

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

2:10

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 – …

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