A zombified-Whitney Houston? TikTokers profiting off of war in Ukraine? ‘There Are No Girls on the Internet’ talks about the ethics of the online

Technology May 27, 2022
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The internet is a strange place that’s produced both a lot of good and a lot of bad. “There Are No Girls on the Internet” is a podcast about the latest internet news, marginalized voices on the internet, and the intersection of ever-advancing technology, the internet, and the ability to spread disinformation far and wide. Host Bridget Todd explores our online experiences all the way back to the very beginning, chronicling the overlooked history of marginalized people on the internet.

There are over 100 episodes of “There Are No Girls on the Internet” to choose from. Episodes are typically 40 to 50 minutes long and are released weekly, with the occasional twice-per-week posting.

This podcast is a part weekly news, part society and culture show from iHeartPodcasts. “There Are No Girls on the Internet” focuses on the culture of disinformation online and what people are doing to try to stop it.

At the outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine, videos flooded the internet of people trying to flee Ukraine, only people of color found themselves being forced off of buses and trains in favor of white Ukrainians. Bridget spoke with data analyst and CEO of Bot Sentinel Christopher Bouzy about how chaos and confusion broke out online because of inauthentic accounts and bots designed to cause mistrust.

On “There Are No Girls on the Internet,” you can find stories that range in topic from the hologram of Whitney Houston doing a residency in Las Vegas to the story of Coco Briscoe, who started a TikTok series sharing her dating life only to end up in jail.

You can hear topical news stories like Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter, what the influx of documentaries and series like Inventing Anna means for liars and scammers like Anna Sorokin, and more. In December, Bridget spoke with online organizing expert and CEO/editor of Ctrl AltRight Delete about the success of the #FreeBritney movement that began merely as an online theory.

“There Are No Girls on the Internet” is a podcast addressing the ethical issues that coincide with a swiftly changing technological landscape. Bridget looks at how we as a society are facing these ever-expanding challenges and truly makes us think about what we read online. And by bringing in a pop culture lens, she has us not only entertained, but invested.

Whether you’ve been closely watching the evolution of the internet or you’re just wishing Instagram would only show you pictures of people you follow on your timeline, “There Are No Girls on the Internet” is for you. Fans of podcasts like “Reply All,” “Crypto Island,” and “Darknet Diaries” are sure to love this podcast. Be sure to take a listen.

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