Today we’re launching a new series of podcasts – titled In beta – with the aim of critically examining the big questions facing human rights in the digital environment.
The series will be hosted by GPD’s executive director, Charles Bradley, who will interview a different guest – or guests – for each episode.
But before we go into details, a little more on the concept. We’ve created In beta because we felt that there weren’t enough forums for genuine debate and discussion within the digital rights community. We felt that we needed a space where we could host interesting conversations with interesting people in our field, outside of the conventions of traditional policy discourse; which can sometimes work to confine people in silos, and discourage more open, experimental thinking.
The series is called In beta because these conversations will be speculative, not definitive. The questions we examine won’t be easy – or even possible – to answer. They may sometimes be provocative. They may themselves raise new questions, and perhaps lay the groundwork for future work.
In the first episode, we talk to the co-founder of GovLab, Stefaan Verhulst, asking – ‘Is policymaking stuck in the 19th century?’.
Follow the In beta Soundcloud channel and Twitter to hear about new episodes. And if there’s a question you’d like us to discuss – or a guest to suggest – we’d love to hear from you; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet him @CBradleyTweets.