There are two segments in this episode. First, we hear from Jay Van Bavel, an Associate Professor of Psychology & Neural Science at New York University, about social media, misinformation and collective behavior following a week in which he was brigaded by far right and anti-vaccine personalities for calling in to question the veracity of claims made in Joe Rogan’s popular podcast. Learn more about his new book with coauthor Dominic Packer, The Power of Us.
And second, we catch up with Trooper Sanders, the CEO of Benefits Data Trust, about new broadband benefits intended to close the digital divide, and the coordination that is necessary among federal agencies to make sure the funds set aside by law reach the people that need them most. Read his recent piece on the subject, New Broadband Benefits Require Federal Agency Cooperation to Close Digital Divide.
Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. He is an associate research scientist and adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Opinions expressed here are his own.