The Unfortunately Necessary Podcast

Join Joel Bakan and guests to look at the big shifts in our society that are coming based on our relationship with big tech. Digital platforms and how we use + relate to technology, through work, identity, politics, social lives is in a state of shift as platform limitations start to become more clear, and challenges to how tech companies operate mount.

Episodes

Season 1: The Challengers

003: Protest & Politics – Part 2

Joel Bakan's Unfortunately Necessary Podcast
Joel Bakan's Unfortunately Necessary Podcast
003: Protest & Politics – Part 2
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Following on Part 1, we catch up with climate activist and NDP candidate Anjali Appadurai after the election and just before COP26.

002: Protest & Politics – Part 1

Joel Bakan's Unfortunately Necessary Podcast
Joel Bakan's Unfortunately Necessary Podcast
002: Protest & Politics - Part 1
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We interview two unlikely activists that got into politics: Joe Keithley (AKA Joey Shithead of D.O.A.) on Burnaby City Council, and climate justice activist Anjali Appadurai who ran as the NDP candidate in Vancouver Granville for the Canadian 2021 federal election.

001: Twitter Gone Rogue

Joel Bakan's Unfortunately Necessary Podcast
Joel Bakan's Unfortunately Necessary Podcast
001: Twitter Gone Rogue
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Hear the lowdown on how the filmmaker of The New Corporation, Joel Bakan, is taking on Twitter for censoring the trailer for the film. He’s joined by co-counsel Sujit Choudhry and co-Plaintiffs from Cool.World, Kat Dodds and Jen Evans.

About the Podcast

For years the platforms have written the rules. For decades the government has decided what’s good for us and isn’t. At this critical moment in history, with disinformation and tech excess at its gilded era peak, how do we rein it all in and make tech and society work better for all of us? What are the practical, legal ways we can challenge the grasp these companies + laws have on our lives and how we communicate, how much they know about us, and what they do with that data?

Joel Bakan’s Unfortunately Necessary Podcast will look at the intersection between law, society and tech every month.

Upcoming! In episode 2, Joel and Kat speak with climate activist and NDP candidate Anjali Appadurai, and look at the charter challenge. In episode 3, Jen Evans looks at housing in Canada with Suj, Gru, Norm Dipasquali and Mark Richardson.

Joel Bakan

Joel Bakan

Host

University of British Columbia law professor who wrote and co-directed The New Corporation.

Jen Evans

Jen Evans

Recurring Guest

Jen is the Founder and CEO of SqueezeCMM, and co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, Sequentia (award winning agency) & B2B News Network.

Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry

Recurring Guest

Suj practices constitutional law, in Canada and globally, at Choudhry.law.

Kat Dodds

Kat Dodds

Recurring Guest

Kat is the impact producer for The New Corporation and the original film.

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