Are We Doing Tech Right? explores the benefits and challenges of connected technology in conversations with experts from education, healthcare, government and the tech industry, along with parents and youth. Hosted by ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid. Episodes drop every two weeks. Listen on your favorite podcast platform.

June 25, 2024

The Human Side of Media Literacy: The Stakes Are High

This week, Larry spoke with Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, executive director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Larry and Michelle explore the importance of media literacy in education, parenting and our personal lives.

May 31, 2024

Google Sleep Doc Sleep Science and Tech

ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid speaks with Dr. Logan Schnieder, Clinical Lead for Sleep Health, Google Health. They talk about all things sleep for adults and children, including healthy sleep habits and helpful sleep technology.

May 15, 2024

Detecting Disinformation and Spin

Larry talks to Peter Adams, Senior Vice President of Research and Design for the News Literacy Project. They discuss the upcoming election, mis- and disinformation, as well as some surprising information on how media literacy is taught in classrooms.

March 28, 2024

Youth Mental Health in the Age of Cancel Culture and Online Conflict

In this episode, we shift our focus to young adults and college students. We talk to Jessie Quintero Johnson, associate professor for health and social change at Emerson College. Jessie is also a psychotherapist and a licensed clinical social worker. Jessie discusses anti-oppressive social change work, the loneliness epidemic, mental health and some of the very hopeful things about this cohort of students.

March 15, 2024

How to Dodge Techno and Moral Panics

In this second episode with Jeff Jarvis, Larry and Jeff discuss regulation, encryption, the dangers of techno-moral panics, and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has been quite controversial in the United States. Find out more in this follow-up with Jeff Jarvis, author of The Gutenberg Parenthesis.

February 6, 2024

“Mediatrician” Dr. Michael Rich on A Joyful Approach to Raising Healthy, Smart & Kind Kids

Larry Magid speaks with Dr. Michael Rich, a pediatrician, head of Boston Childrens Hospital Digital Wellness Lab and author of the brand new book The Mediatrician’s Guide: A Joyful Approach to Raising Healthy, Smart, Kind Kids in a Screen-Saturated World

January 18, 2024

Living in a Post-Print World

Larry talks to Jeff Jarvis, author of The Gutenberg Parenthesis, about how the age of print was an exception in history. And while it lasted half a millennium, we are now coming to the other end of it. What that means, and where do we go from here?

January 10, 2024

Privacy and Ethics in the Age of AI

This week we join Shea Swauger, a researcher and writer for data sharing and ethics for the Future of Privacy Forum. Join Larry and Shea as they discuss AI, privacy, and ethics. Transcript.

December 13, 2023

“This Was Not a Money-Making Machine.” Internet Pioneer Leonard Kleinrock and the First Network.

Leonard Kleinrock shares insights into the early development of the internet, including his work on the ARPANET. His story offers a unique perspective on the internet’s early days and its transformative impact. Larry gets a chance to ask him questions about early safety concerns and what they might have done differently, knowing what we know now. Transcript

November 28, 2023

Using Virtual Reality to Fight Racism

Dr. Courtney Cogburn, associate professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and faculty at the Columbia Population Research Center and Data Science Institute, hopes her virtual reality experience, “1,000 Cut Journey,” will help viewers better understand how racism plays out in our society. Transcript

November 17, 2023

Teaching, Learning and Generative AI with Educator Kerry Gallagher

Larry talks to ConnectSafely’s education director Kerry Gallagher, who’s also a full-time educator and administrator at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass., about how generative AI will impact teaching and learning. Transcript

Oct. 25, 2023

Shouting Into the Void

Today, Larry talks to Viktorya Vilk, director for digital safety and free expression at PEN America, and Kat Lo, content moderation lead at, about their joint report Shouting Into the Void: Why Reporting Abuse to Social Media Platforms Is So Hard and How to Fix It. Transcript

Oct. 11, 2023

Empowered Parenting in the Age of Social Media

Larry talks to Tracy Elizabeth, Head of Family Safety & Developmental Health at TikTok and mom to a young daughter. Tracy gives a lot of thought to teen well-being on social media. Transcript

Sept. 27, 2023

Christine Haughney Dare-Bryan Talks About Her Father Vs. The Computer Freaks

Christine Haughney Dare-Bryan, host of the podcast “Computer Freaks,” tells us about her dad’s role in shaping the ARPANET. She shares his fears about harassment even in the early days of what was to become the internet we know today. Transcript

Sept. 14, 2023

Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf on What They Did Right — And What Went Wrong

Vint Cerf is widely regarded as one of the “fathers” of the internet. In this wide ranging discussion with ConnectSafely CEO and journalist Larry Magid, Cerf talks about the early days, what they did right, what he’d do differently if he could do it again and what challenges lay ahead. Transcript

Sept. 12, 2023

Introducing ConnectSafely’s Are We Doing Tech Right?

ConnectSafely’s new podcast, “Are We Doing Tech Right?” features experts from education, government, healthcare policy, and the tech industry and explores the influence of tech habits and platforms on our daily lives.