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  • The case of Julian Assange as he faces US extradition bid – Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast

    In this episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Bill Goodwin, investigations editor, joins Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna to discuss the case of Julian Assange, whose recent extradition hearing at the Old Bailey Bill reported on

  • Diversity in Tech, Pets at Home, datacentre sustainability – Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast

    In this episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna discuss the Diversity in Tech 2020 event, data analytics at Pets at Home, and datacentre sustainability

  • Gender pay gap, undersea datacentre, digital mapping – Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast

    In this episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna discuss the gender pay gap, undersea datacentre experimentation and digital mapping

  • Gig economy, summer special look-back – Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast

    In this summer special episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna look back to pre-lockdown episodes, and reflect on the podcasting experience since. First, they discuss the gig economy through the prism of new bite-sized BBC comedy Mandy

  • TikTok in peril, A-level and Scottish Highers algo fiascos – Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna discuss the fortunes of TikTok, the A-level results, and the algorithm controversies in which they and Scottish Highers have been mired

  • Women in tech, loan charge woes and automation – The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload Podcast

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Clare McDonald, Caroline Donnelly and Brian McKenna discuss the publication of the long list for the 2020 Most Influential Women in UK Technology, the latest developments in the IR35 private sector reforms, and the impact of AI-driven automation on journalists and other knowledge workers

  • Digital art, datacentre futures and diversity – The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload Podcast

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Clare McDonald, Caroline Donnelly and Brian McKenna discuss digital art, Covid-19’s likely lasting impact on the datacentre industry, and the lack of progress in diversity in IT

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 56

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly and Brian McKenna are joined by Sebastian Klovig Skelton to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Love Bug virus, Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism, the rise of virtual events in the wake of Covid-19 and Amazon’s difficulties with striking warehouse workers, concerning the virus

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 55

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna talk about real-time video call transcription, as offered by OtterAI, the loan charge double whammy afflicting some contractors, Green Flag’s digital transformation, online food delivery developments under lockdown, and using AI to save coral reefs

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 53

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Alex Scroxton, CW’s security editor, joins Caroline Donnelly and Brian McKenna to talk about the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis, including chancellor Rishi Sunak’s package for the self-employed and how Southeast Asia’s approach has differed from ours. They also talk about using data to govern the public realm

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 52

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly and Brian McKenna talk about the Covid-19 coronavirus and what it means for retail, how data can be analysed to combat it, and its implications for datacentre modernisation programmes

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 51

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Clare McDonald, Caroline Donnelly and Brian McKenna discuss the Budget, the role of graph database technology in anti-money laundering compliance, and the Everywoman Tech Awards

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – episode 49

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna discuss IR35 through the prism of Eamonn Holmes, the tech community’s reaction to the points-based immigration system, and robotic process automation as beneficial to humans

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 48

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna discuss tech billionaires pledging to solve climate change, M&S smart lighting and open data in the EU

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 47

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna discuss IR35 protests, the Oracle vs SAP cloud applications dog fight, and a Goldman Sachs cloud service for its banking sector

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – episode 46

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna are joined by special guest Hannah Foulds, head of marketing and membership at the Open Data Institute, who flags stories about humans tricking AI. The group then discusses the Women in Software Powerlist, the loan charge and online targeting

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 45

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna are joined by investigations editor Bill Goodwin to delve deeper into the Travelex and related affairs, and to discuss public sector cloud trends, AI and the NHS, and the Hangar 51 startups accelerator programme

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 42

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna greet the new decade with reflections on the Travelex ransomware attack and Dominic Cummings’ call for data science to rejuvenate Whitehall. And they take stock of the retail sector’s grim 2019, while remembering to mention the big story of the moment: Harry and Meghan

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 41

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly, Clare McDonald and Brian McKenna have their Christmas Special, picking out a few gems, including the CW Diversity and Inclusion conference, and the team’s discussions of The Capture and The Circle

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 39

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly and Brian McKenna are joined by Bill Goodwin and Sebastian Klovig Skelton to discuss their stories about Facebook’s machinations against app developers and competitors

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 38

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, the team discusses the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto and touches on those of the two main parties. Also under discussion are Dreamforce, Google Next and Monster Confidence for Stemettes

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 36

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, the team pick talk about General Election tech, HMRC's “war” on IT contractors, diversity in STEM and how organisations can fight back against fake online reviews

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – episode 35

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, the team pick over the finale of Channel 4 reality show The Circle, talk General Election tech and find out why enterprises are not prepared to pay a premium for business applications infused with AI

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – episode 34

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, the team discusses BBC conspiracy thriller, The Capture, and its focus on video surveillance and facial recognition technology

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 31

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Caroline Donnelly and Clare McDonald are joined by Ryan Priest for an accidentally transport-heavy chat about the week in tech

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 29

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Brian McKenna, Caroline Donnelly and Clare McDonald take a look back at the last 28 podcasts ahead of the summer podcast pause

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 28

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Brian McKenna, Caroline Donnelly and Clare McDonald talk about tech problems at BA, the US government’s JEDI cloud project, 3D printing and the death of MapR

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 25

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Brian McKenna, and Clare McDonald are joined by Cliff Saran to discuss the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, including the technology involved, and how it compares with today’s technology

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 21

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Brian McKenna, Clare McDonald and Caroline Donnelly are joined by Computer Weekly’s acting management editor, Angelica Mari, to talk about some of the past week’s biggest news stories

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 19

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Brian McKenna, Caroline Donnelly and Clare McDonald look at the tech credentials for more of the Conservative Party candidates, talk about Computer Weekly’s list of the Most Influential Women in UK Tech, and discuss the importance of culture in organisations

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 18

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Brian McKenna, Caroline Donnelly and Clare McDonald weigh up the technology credentials of some of the Conservative Party candidates, find out how Google Cloud is helping the Football Association to achieve its diversity goals, and why Sweden appears to be rowing back on its cashless society plans

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 17

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Brian McKenna, Caroline Donnelly and Clare McDonald reunite to discuss the discontent at Amazon’s recent shareholder meeting, what went on at the Salesforce World Tour event in London and SurveyMonkey's European datacentre plans

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 13

    In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, the team are joined by security editor Warwick Ashford to talk about his time at the CyberUK conferences, as well as connected cars, education in the UK, and Brian McKenna’s trip to China

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 12

    In this week’s episode of The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, the team discusses SuiteWorld 2019, NetSuite’s annual user conference, the government’s introduction of internet safety regulations and the complex journey from collecting data to using it for insight

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 11

    In this week’s episode of The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, the team discuss Google’s forthcoming cloud conference, how tech can be used to boost social inclusion, while data analytics is being hailed as a means of assisting MI5 with with its terrorism detection work

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 10

    In this week’s episode of The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, the team discusses Twitter spats, the long-running legal saga between HP and Mike Lynch, Asos’s retail tech strategy, G-Cloud 11 and how machine learning is shaking up the healthcare sector

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload - Episode 2

    In this week’s episode of Computer Weekly’s Downtime Upload podcast, the team discuss what went on at Cisco Live Europe, consider the benefits of office robots, and deep dive into the financial results of AWS, SAP and Microsoft

  • Podcast: The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload - Episode 1

    In this inaugural episode of Computer Weekly’s Downtime Upload podcast, the team discusses retail, Brexit, Amazon Web Services and visiting the world’s “most beautiful” datacentre

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