The Disentanglement Podcast

”André” and ”Sara” document their attempts to disentangle themselves from surveillance tech‘s assaults on privacy and security, one step at a time, amidst their witty marital repartee.

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Wednesday Jun 14, 2023

In which Ms. Sara tells you why she and Mr. André are taking a temporary hiatus from the podcast but will be back in the fall of 2023, and how to occupy yourselves in the meanwhile!

Wednesday May 31, 2023

In which we review our backups for digital data, which are more and less subject to privacy violation, and the difference between storage, backup, and archives. Actually, this is way more interesting and useful than that description makes it sound. Ad copy is not our forte.

32-Credit Card Churn: Yea or Nay?

Wednesday May 17, 2023

Wednesday May 17, 2023

In which we discuss our overabundance of credit cards, what we did about it, and how to extract actual monetary value from their extraction of your data.

Wednesday May 03, 2023

In which we realize with horror that for all our efforts to cover our privacy tracks, using free budgeting/accounting software essentially makes us an open book to surveillance capitalists looking to extract metadata, and we chart some ways to disentangle ourselves from all that.

Wednesday Apr 19, 2023

In which we veer from tech and social criticism to the philosophical question of whether the internet will be its own undoing, and whether costlessness is so much in violation of the very structure of the universe that it must by definition fail.

29-Baby Steps

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

In which we discuss three baby steps we've taken recently to disentangle ourselves: deleting Amazon wish lists and buying elsewhere, deleting old social media posts and letting the accounts sit dormant, and creating a separate email account and identity for e-newsletters.

28-Chopping Down the Amazon

Wednesday Mar 22, 2023

Wednesday Mar 22, 2023

In which we discuss why you might want to chop down the monster of online sales and then some practical ways of going about doing it.

27-Capitalism and Big Tech

Thursday Mar 09, 2023

Thursday Mar 09, 2023

In which we discuss how the rapacious depradations of Big Tech (among other things) causes Westerners to diss capitalism morally, the various meanings of the word, why communism should not be considered the logical alternative to the worst of Big Tech capitalism, and some more fruitful ways of thinking about a free market and a free government in the cyber era.

26-First Steps in Degoogling

Wednesday Feb 22, 2023

Wednesday Feb 22, 2023

In which one of us talks through his first efforts to disentangle himself from various Google systems and it wasn't really as hard as he expected. The other of us is cheered and encouraged by this, and you should be, too.

Wednesday Feb 08, 2023

In which one of us goes off on the economic and human costs of sucking up to AI like it is better than it is, which requires making humans look worse than they are, and the other responds somewhat more reasonably but basically agrees. Also, we tell you that you are marvelous.

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