In the latest episode of the Reaction Podcast, Iain Martin, Maggie Pagano, and Alastair Benn discuss the possible landing zone for a Brexit deal, Boris Johnson’s attempts to re-set his leadership, and whether we should be feeling optimistic about a coming coronavirus vaccine.

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Reaction Podcast  / 4 Dec 2020

In the latest episode of the Reaction Podcast, Alastair Benn, Maggie Pagano and Iain Martin discuss the government’s coronavirus strategy. Is Boris Johnson is right to defy SAGE and follow through on his three-tier policy over a “circuit breaker” national lockdown?

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The Reaction Podcast returns this week after a brief summer hiatus. In this episode, Alastair Benn, Maggie Pagano and Iain Martin discuss the state of the UK economy going into the autumn, the appointment of Simon Case as Cabinet Secretary, and the upcoming presidential election in the United States.

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The internet and the digital revolution continue to transform the world around us. The human experience has been changed as smart phones, social media networks, and the tech companies that build them are now a fundamental part of how we live and work.

As Benedict Evans, renowned tech analyist with decades of experience in Silicon Valley, explains, in a relatively short amount of time “technology has gone from being interesting, but not actually central, to being a systemically important part of society.”

This development has brought benefits for many around the world. But there are also concerns surrounding this rapid revolution. Is Big Tech too powerful? How should we think about the role played by platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in our modern democracies?

And how is technology strengthening the power of surveillance states? In the middle of the geopolitical changes of the last decade, the Chinese state has also been transforming the intellectual model of the internet both within and beyond its own borders. Beijing, too, is harnessing the power of the tech revolution.

In the latest episode of The New World, I am joined by Benedict Evans and Iain Martin, Editor of Reaction, to discuss issues.

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This week on the Reaction podcast Iain Martin and Maggie Pagano talk to economist Liam Halligan about the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.