Technology & Society


Disruption 55 min.

Host Niall Ferguson focuses on the great network revolution of our time and one that happened 500 years ago – the Protestant Reformation. With the help of experts in network theory and historical precedent, Ferguson untangles important issues including why social media networks polarize us, why some ideas go viral, and why truth itself is at a disadvantage.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Networld War 55 min.

Host Niall Ferguson focuses on the geopolitics of our interconnected world. With lessons from the fight against terrorism in Iraq, Russian attempts to divide Americans through social media and the rise of an internet-powered surveillance state in China, Ferguson shows how our democracies are under threat from forces that exploit and weaponize the social networks we invented.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Niall Ferguson’s Networld 165 min.

In this groundbreaking series hosted by Niall Ferguson and based on his bestselling book "The Square and the Tower", Ferguson visits network theorists, social scientists and data analysts to explore the history of social networks. Ferguson demonstrates how human behavior, disruptive technology and profit can energize ideas and communication, ultimately changing the world.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Winner Takes All 55 min.

By looking at lessons from Victorian telegraph pioneers, Cold War history, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and George Orwell's 1984, host Niall Ferguson tells the story of how a decentralized, not-for-profit worldwide web shape-shifted to become a highly profitable network controlled by a tiny elite selling our attention for billions of dollars to the world's advertisers.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Game Changers: Inside the Video Game Wars 86 min.

This is the untold story of the personal battles that gave rise to the multibillion-dollar video game industry. Brought to life by Academy Award winning director Daniel Junge, this documentary is a tale of brilliant innovations.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Vice Special Report: The Future of Work 55 min.

The next Industrial Revolution is upon us, and the way we work in 2019 is already unrecognizable to previous generations. Whole industries are in the process of being automated, with workers being replaced by AI and algorithms – and America is only now grappling with the huge questions raised by this shift. Produced in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, VICE Special Report: The Fut...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Animal Espionage 54 min.

How do you study an animal you can't even get close to? Camera and drone technologies are allowing scientists to watch animals more closely than ever before, without disturbing them. Capturing everything from the unexpected to the comical, these technologies are giving wildlife managers insights that could ultimately help them fight extinction and habitat loss.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Texting Could Reduce Suicides 55 min.

Retro Report on PBS examines how texting could reduce suicides, surrogate parenthood, the legacy of lead-based paint, and climate help from the Cold War. Andy Borowitz links a river that used to catch on fire to fracking today.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Europe Has Declared War on American Tech Companies: A Debate 91 min.

European regulators are challenging American technology companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Google, in a big way. Proponents of such challenges argue that these tech giants make billions of dollars while avoiding taxes, and that they engage in risky activities that jeopardize user privacy. Rules like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), they contend, will return power to tech consu...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Preschool Should Be Subsidized: A Debate Featuring IBM Project Debater 47 min.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates has featured several debates on artificial intelligence (AI)—the risks, the rewards, and whether it can change the world. But this debate is unique: This time one of the debaters is AI itself—a machine. In partnership with IBM, Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates hosts a debate between a world-class human debate champion and an AI system. IBM Project Debater is the...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019