Podcast #21 Aleks Krotoski: Untangling the Web

“Being human [in the digital age] is to recognise that technology is not magic and does not do anything specifically to us. Technology simply facilitates human interaction and social psychology.”

In this episode, I speak with the esteemed journalist, digital theorist and writer Aleks Krotoski about the psychological impact of our lives in a digitised environment. In this wide-ranging talk, Aleks, who has been researching and writing about the Web for more than 16 years, as well as having spoken to many of the key people who have shaped the Web, talks about why the Web has such an influence on human attitudes and behaviours, and what we can do to live lives that are a bit happier, and healthier.

Aleks is a fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, Ph.D in social psychology, writer and broadcaster; most recently, she presented the BAFTA award winning documentary, The Virtual Revolution (BBC). Aleks is currently hosting a new series of the BBC radio programme Digital Human, which takes weekly in-depth examinations of the different ways technology impacts human society.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why privacy and anonymity in digital environments is so important
  • Why we all need a digital past
  • Why human psychology trumps the influence of technology on our lives
  • Why the Web is a more interesting place than it was 16 years ago
  • plus much more!

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Lawrence Ampofo is a thought leader on the impact of digital technologies on humans and society. Lawrence is a political scientist, strategic communications expert, author, trainer and speaker who focuses on the impact of emerging digital technologies on the geopolitical system and global business.
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