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Videogames and Real World Violence; Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

Hosts Dan Salmon and Warren Davies speak with Liam Esler from Summerfall Studios about their new interactive musical experience game, Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical; Laura Crawford, Swinburne University lecturer and co-course director…

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Meena Thamarajah's Huey Books Bookbot, and The Field Job Hiring Service

Meena Thamarajah, CEO and founder Huey Books, an ed-tech start-up using machine learning to create a bookbot to make it fun for kids to find books they love; and our hosts are joined…

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Comparing Mastodon to Twitter

Hosts Ro Murray, Lily Ryan and Warren Davies are joined by Shlee, maintainer of aus.social Mastodon instance, and Aurynn Shaw, maintainer of cloudisland.nz Mastodon instance, to delve deep into the differences between Mastodon…

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Get to know about Gubbins, Frog Detective 3 Review

Our hosts Dan Morganti, Lily Ryan and Adam Christou interview Darcy Smith from Studio Folly, creator of Gubbins - a friendly puzzle game described as Solitaire meets Scrabble with a psychedelic visual component…

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Catering to Dietary Requirements with Foodini; The Budget Rundown

Our hosts Vanessa Toholka and Dan Salmon speak with app developer Dylan McDonnell about Foodini, the app that connects the 1 in 3 people with food intolerances and allergies with the restaurants that…

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Ethical Use Of Facial Recognition Tech, and Dishbrain Plays Pong

Hosts Paul Callaghan, Laura Summers and Jo Eaton speak to Professor Nicholas Davies from The Human Technology Institute at UTS, on building Australia's capability in ethical and responsible use of AI and facial…

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How to Combat Data Breaches

Hosts Dan Salmon and Rowena Murray are joined by Professor Carsten Rudolph, Department of Software Systems and Cybersecurity, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, to discuss what data breaches tell us about how…

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Melbourne International Games Week (MIGW) Special

Presenters Vanessa Toholka and Dan Morganti bring us a Melbourne International Games Week special episode. Our hosts chat with Dan Golding, PhD, about the 2022 edition of local game-maker showcase festival, Freeplay Parallels…

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AI Perceptions of Gender and Australia's first Union for Games Workers

Melbourne contemporary artist J. Rosenbaum talks about their show, 'AI Perceptions of Gender', on at Melbourne Fringe Festival; plus an interview with Tim Colwill from Game Workers Australia, Australia's first union for game…

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Cybersecurity on Private Message Apps and Startup Communities

Cybersecurity expert Dr Arash Shaghaghi from UNSW explores how messaging apps that don't offer end-to-end encryption means that private conversations might be accessed without your consent, and Fishburners CEO Alan Jones talks about…

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Sex Ed and Wellness Tech and Digital Rights Roundup

Hosts Lily Ryan, Vanessa Toholka and Dan Salmon speak with Lucy Wark, founder CEO of sex tech startup NORMAL, a sexual wellness and sex education company on a mission to change the conversation…

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Workplace Surveillance and New Levels of Machine Intelligence

Hosts Lily Ryan, Warren Davies and Dan Salmon talk to Professor Peter Holland from the Business School at Swinburne University about post-pandemic workplace monitoring and what companies may have done to overstep privacy…

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Support for Entrepreneurs with Gary Williams and Unpacking the Metaverse

Hosts Rowena Murray and Vanessa Taholka talk to Garry Williams, founder of Tractor Ventures, about community building and support for entrepreneurs. Vanessa and Ro also unpack a recent publication on O'Reilly titled The…

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Elon Musk's Twitter Lawsuit and the Dangers of Human and Robot Integration

Hosts Lily Ryan, Dan Salmon and Warren Davies talk to Dr. Diana Bossio, Associate Professor of Media and Communication at Swinburne University, about Elon Musk's Twitter lawsuit; and Maria O'Sullivan, Deputy Director of…

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Gaming Special: ACMI Acquisition of Untitled Goose Game and 'Risk of Rain 2' Review

Hosts Maize Wallin and Dan Morganti present their monthly gaming episode of Byte Into It, reviewing the game 'Risk of Rain 2' made by Hopoo Games. And Seb Chan, Chief Experience Officer from…

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Protection from Banking Scams and Unpacking Data Journalism

Hosts Rowena Murray, Paul Callaghan, Vanessa Taholka talk to Gerard Brody, CEO of the Consumer Action Law Centre about what banks could be doing to stop scams and protect their customers. Plus, Associate…

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Melbourne Accelerator Program, Humanoids in Aged Care and Tragic Shitposting

Hosts Jo Eaton, Lily Ryan, and Rowena Murray talk to Grace Brown, co-founder of Andromeda, about The Melbourne Accelerator Program and how humanoid robots can improve lives in aged care; and translator and…

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Mobile Muster and Pros and Cons of 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Platforms

Hosts Lily Ryan, Paul Callaghan, and Warren Davies talk to Choice Journalist Jarni Blakkarly about 'Buy Now, Pay Later' platforms, their pros and cons, and what Australian consumers can expect from them; and…

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Gaming Special: Voice Control in Games and 'cohost' - the Algorithm-free Social Media Platform

Hosts Dan Morganti and Maize Wallin bring you their monthly gaming special, including interviews with Dr. Fraser Allison from the University of Melbourne, who explains the design and UX of voice-controlled applications and…

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The Implications of Roe v. Wade on Australians

Hosts Vanessa Toholka, Rowena Murray, and Maize Wallin explore the serious implications of the recent U.S. Supreme Court overturning of abortion rights for women, what that could mean for Australians, and what it…

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Sentience in AI and Centrelink's new PBAS system

Ethicist and philosopher Dr Simon Coghlan from Melbourne University to discuss sentience in artificial intelligence; and Tess O'Brien and Daniel Levi from The Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) discuss Centrelink's point-based (PBAS) system…

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Dark patterns: Website Design Tricks with Chandni Gupta

Hosts Jo Eaton and Vanessa Taholka talk to Chandni Gupta, Policy and Program Director at the Consumer Policy Research Centre, about a recently released report outlining the ways in which Australians have been…

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Online Presence When We Die and She's a Crowd

Hosts Paul Callaghan and Dan Salmon speak with Zoë Condliffe, data activist, gender advocate researcher and founder of She's A Crowd -  a feminist tech startup that aims to close the gender data…

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Monthly Games Special and a chat with Siddhartha Barnhoorn

Despite achieving critical acclaim, The Last of Us Part II attracted heated debate and was "review bombed" when it was released in 2020. Presenter Dan Morganti gives the third-person action game an honest…

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The Cognitive Science of Misinformation and Digital Rights and the new Federal Government

Hosts Vanessa Toholka, Lily Ryan and David Nichols speak with Associate Professor Andrew Perfors from the University of Melbourne about how we can identify and navigate misinformation; and James Clark, Executive Director of…

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Dealing with Online Rejection and A Rundown on NFTs

 Presenters Warren Davies and Dan Salmon speak with Kath Albury, Media Professor from Swinburne University, about crushedbutokay.org.au, an initiative to help young people cope with rejection online; and RMIT's Robbie Coleman talks about…

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"Facebook Doesn't Know What it Does With Your Data", Plus a Chat with Vidya Rajan

Presenters Vanessa Toholka, Jo Eaton and Lily Ryan discuss the leaked internal report from Facebook engineers admitting their lack of control over how user-generated data is used; and Vidya Rajan, one half of…

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Gaming Reviews Special and Cecile Richard's New Game

Maize and Dan return with their monthly games special. We hear about a couple of free, browser based games they've uncovered, Narrow One, and Titanic II - Orchestra for Dying at Sea, and…

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Creating pathways into tech for Indigenous youth and the rise of AI influencers on social media

Hosts Rowena Murray, Warren Davies and Paul Callaghan talk to Matt Ngamurarri Heffernan from Indigital about new pathways for young Indigenous people around the country to get into technology; Sean Sands, Professor of…

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Melbourne in Minecraft and Comedians Sweeney Preston and Ethan Cavanagh

Presenters Dan Salmon and Vanessa Taholka interview guests Cherida Longley and Murphy Whitmore from Rail Projects Victoria, about a project in which 600,000 square metres of Melbourne’s city centre has been recreated in…

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Climate-tech and Food Waste Management Tech

Hosts Warren Davies, Laura Summers, and Rowena Murray discuss all things climate tech on this episode with guest Jas Moore, RRR presenter and graduate of UTAS Sustainability course, focusing on sustainable living; and…

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Gaming Special: Invisible illnesses in 'But You Seem Fine' and HYPER//ECHO at ACMI

Hosts Maize Wallin and Dan Morganti present the monthly gaming episode of Byte Into It. Maize reviews the game 'But You Seem Fine' by KJAM. The game is a visual novel based on…

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Unpacking the Federal Budget and Comedians Eden and Josh Porter

Hosts Vanessa Taholka, Rowena Murray and Paul Callaghan chat to brothers Eden and Josh Porter about their Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, 'Escape to the Megaverse'; Vanessa and Rowena discuss the the Federal…

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Surveillance at Work and Designing Queer Spaces Online

Presenters Dan Morganti, Warren Davies and Rowena Murray are joined by Professor Peter Holland, who talks about surveillance at work, particularly E-monitoring and surveillance; guests Samantha Floriani and Ruby Quail talk about creating…

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Data Ethics, The Ethics of Invention and Risk Assessment in Machine Learning

Dan Salmon, Laura Summers and Vanessa Taholka interview Viveka Weiley from CSIRO about data ethics and the ethics of invention; host Laura Summers puts her guest hat on to talk about an open…

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Tech in the Russia-Ukraine War, Future of AI and Digital Rights Watch

Presenters Jo Eaton, Warren Davies and Lily Ryan explore how technology is playing a role in the Russia-Ukraine war and how the big tech platforms can play a more active role in policing…

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Gaming Special: Brave Mouse Cartographer and Anne Charleston on voicing characters

Our monthly show dedicated to all things gaming with hosts Maize Wallin and Rowena Murray. A look at world-building game 'Brave Mouse Cartographer' and Australian actress Anne Charleston talks about an upcoming game…

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Electric Vehicles in Australia and the Online Safety of Sex Workers

Dr. Saad Mekhilef, Professor at Swinburne University, talks about the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia. Eliza Sorensen, founder of Switter, a sex worker friendly social networking site, examines the online safety of…

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Digital Strategist Olivia Yallop on Breaking the Internet and Artist Ellis Moseley

Hosts Dan Salmon, Laura Summers and Warren Davies talk to Digital Strategist, tech expert, and author Olivia Yallop about her new book 'Break the Internet: In Pursuit of Influence'; and artist Ellis Moseley…

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A Review of GOTY - Hades, and an Interview with Frank Gafa.

On this games special, Couch Co-Op episode with presenters Dan Morganti and Maize Wallin, we get an overview of single-player, story-driven adventure game Wayward Strand, a review of GOTY award-winning Hades, and an…