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Depending who you ask, big tech is either going to save humanity or destroy us. Taylor Owen thinks it’s a little more complicated than that. Join him in conversation with leading thinkers as they make sense of a world transformed by technology.
 
Inside Oversight is an official podcast of the Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Inspector General. Each episode examines in detail some of our more nuanced oversight reporting. To understand the complexities of the topics, we talk with the report authors to gain insight into how the team conducted its work, what it found, and the impact on veterans and the public. Visit the VA OIG website for recently published reports.
 
Give a gift to yourself each week during this podcast to go on a self journey and explore the internal beliefs that drive your patterns and habits that can show up in ways that prevent you from what you want most in your life, whether at work or at home. During this podcast, Amy Vetter, a CPA, Yogi & Technologist, and the author of Business, Balance and Bliss, will explore how we can break from these beliefs with her guests that are leaders in business, health & wellness, mindfulness, spirit ...
 
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When we take ourselves too seriously, we lose the joy of doing business. Amy Vetter welcomes Sheri Muntean, a Certified Public Accountant and Managing Partner of Shamballa Centre. Sheri talks about how doing business can be a retreat because it's a conscious choice. You don't have to be doing what you do, but you choose to do it. And you had your r…
 
What exactly does being a leader entail? We find out from this interview with James Metzler, CPA, CGMA and founder of the Metzler Advisory Group. James has been coaching and helping emerging leaders and partners to develop the leadership skills they need to be successful in a CPA practice. During this interview, he talks about his journey to becomi…
 
Deficiencies in Inpatient Mental Health Care Coordination and Processes Prior to a Patient’s Death by Suicide at the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri The VA OIG conducted a healthcare inspection to determine the validity of an allegation regarding a patient’s mental health care at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran…
 
Challenges for Military Sexual Trauma Coordinators and Culture of Safety Considerations The VA OIG conducted a review of select activities and challenges of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Coordinators and Veterans Integrated Service Network Points of Contact in response to a request from Congressman Chris Pappas, Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affai…
 
Review of Veterans Health Administration’s Virtual Primary Care Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a review to assess Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) virtual primary care response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the use of virtual care by primary care providers and their perceptions of V…
 
Senior Auditors Geoff Ferguson and Gris Soto discuss two related reports on improper payments for community acupuncture and chiropractic services and overall risks to evaluation and management services. In the first report, the VA OIG audited acupuncture and chiropractic care by non‑VA providers after becoming aware of patterns that suggested quest…
 
On the season finale of Big Tech, host Taylor Owen discusses the future of tech governance with Azeem Azhar, author of The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics, and Society. In addition to his writing, Azeem hosts the Exponential View podcast, which, much like this podcast, looks at how technology is trans…
 
In this episode of Inside Oversight, Daniel Morris, a director within the Office of Audits and Evaluations, provides insight into a recent VA OIG management advisory memo that reported on concerns with consistency and transparency in the calculation and disclosure of VHA’s patient wait times. Report Summary: Concerns with Consistency and Transparen…
 
The internet is an ever-evolving thing, with new features and services popping up daily. But these innovations are happening in the current internet space, known as Web 2.0. The potential next big leap is to what is being called Web3 or Web 3.0. You have likely heard some of the terms associated with this next age — the token economy, blockchain, N…
 
Does looking at your calendar make you feel stressed? Are you constantly worried about the number of meetings you have yet to attend? In today’s B3 Break, take two minutes to change your mindset around the word “no.” Amy Vetter is here to help you step back, look at your calendars, and determine the things you should prioritize more. Listen in and …
 
Humanity has long imagined a future where humans could live for hundreds of years, if not forever. But those ideas have been the stuff of science fiction, up until now. There’s growing interest and investment in the realm of biohacking and de-aging, and leading scientists such as Harvard’s David A. Sinclair are bringing the idea of extended lifespa…
 
Starting a business is all about taking a risk. In this episode, Cigi England chats with Amy Vetter about how she took the chance and left her corporate job to now run two businesses. Cigi is the founder of Cigi's Boutique, a fashion store, and The Exceptional Bean, a not-for-profit coffee shop that centers on helping employ individuals with specia…
 
A fundamental feature of the internet is its ability to transcend borders, connecting people to one another and all forms of information. The World Wide Web was heralded as a global village that would remove the traditional gatekeepers and allow anyone a platform to be heard. But the reality is that access to the internet and online services is ver…
 
Many families choose to immigrate to the United States because of the opportunities it has to offer. However, success and wellness will only come to you if you take care of every relationship you have. Amy Better is joined by Dino Confalone, Realtor and Immediate Past President for the Greater Boston Association of Realtors®. In their conversation,…
 
The speed at which the Russia-Ukraine war has played out across the internet has led to some interesting insights about how different groups have been experiencing and responding to information and misinformation about it. The West found unity across political divides, and the big tech platforms, breaking their long-held stance, have quickly acted …
 
Slowing down is often the key to speeding up. In this B3 Break episode, Amy Vetter shares why rushing forward in life might stop you from achieving and living the dream. Take two minutes out of your day to reflect on where you can simplify and get back to basics so you can create the future you want. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and shar…
 
In this episode of Big Tech, host Taylor Owen speaks with Margaret O’Mara, a historian of modern America and author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America. Silicon Valley and the massive wealth it has generated have long symbolized the wonders of free market capitalism, viewed as proof of how innovation can thrive when it is not bu…
 
Have you noticed that you are being affected internally by what others say or do? In today’s B3 Break, we’ll focus on gaining clarity. Take three minutes to assess whether your perception is reality or whether you need to take time to recenter. If your mind moves from branch to branch, you need to go back to the present moment. That way you have a …
 
Do you feel as if you can’t get through a single task without distractions? Perhaps you are watching a movie and stop it to check social media or respond to a message. You aren’t alone; studies show that collectively our attention spans have been shrinking for decades. Many factors contribute to our fractured focus, including the processed foods we…
 
In the history of computers and the internet, a few names likely come to mind: Alan Turing, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Undoubtedly, these men’s contributions to computer sciences have shaped much of our modern life. In the case of Jobs and Gates, their financial success shifted the landscape of software development and the metrics …
 
Nicholas Carr is a prolific blogger, author and critic of technology since the early days of the social web. Carr began his blog Rough Type in 2005, at a time when some of today’s biggest companies where still start-ups operating out of college dorms. In 2010, he wrote the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction finalist The Shallows, in which he discussed h…
 
Do what you love, and you never work a day in your life. Follow your passion and keep your focus, and everything will follow. These are lessons that Amy Vetter looks back at in this episode. Along with her sons Jagger Vetter and Austin Vetter, they look at their experiences growing up and how it shaped their goals. Listen, learn and gain inspiratio…
 
People are divided: you are either pro-vaccination or against it, and there seems to be no middle ground. Whether around the dinner table or on social media, people are entrenched in their positions. A deep-seated mistrust in science, despite its contributions to the flourishing of human life, is being fuelled by online misinformation. For the firs…
 
Time and time again, we see the billionaire tech founder or CEO take the stage to present the latest innovation meant to make people’s lives better, revolutionize industries and glorify the power of technology to save the world. While these promises are dressed up in fancy new clothes, in reality, the tech sector is no different than other expansio…
 
Do you feel your energy takes a nosedive at certain points in the day? In today’s B3 Break, we dive into the process of healthy snacking. Plan what to consume for an entire day with health and nutrition taking center stage. Take two minutes to assess what kind of food you are eating and whether taking small shifts in your choices and snacking in in…
 
Governments around the world are looking at their legal frameworks and how they apply to the digital technologies and platforms that have brought widespread disruptive change to their economies, societies and politics. Most governments are aware that their regulations are inadequate to address the challenges of an industry that crosses borders and …
 
We must stop for a while and realize that change begins with us. In this time of so much unrest and pain, many of us turn outward in anger and frustration. It is a natural tendency for us to react to the horror we see around us and the growing stress we are experiencing in our daily lives. It can leave us feeling helpless and sad, so what is left i…
 
Many unlocked mysteries remain about the workings of the human brain. Neuroscientists are making discoveries that are helping us to better understand the brain and correct preconceived notions about how it works. With the dawn of the information age, the brain’s processing was often compared to that of a computer. But the problem with this analogy …
 
Democracy is in decline globally. It’s one year since the Capitol Hill insurrection, and many worry that the United States’ democratic system is continuing to crumble. Freedom House, an America think tank, says that nearly three-quarters of the world’s population lives in a country that experienced democratic deterioration last year. The rise of il…
 
On the first anniversary of the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol, Big Tech host Taylor Owen sits down with Craig Silverman to discuss how the rise of false facts led us to that moment. Silverman is a journalist for ProPublica and previously worked at Buzzfeed News, and is the editor of the Verification Handbook series. Before Don…
 
In this episode of Big Tech, Taylor Owen speaks with Nicole Perlroth, New York Times cybersecurity journalist and author of This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race. Nicole and Taylor discuss how that the way in which nation-states go about acquiring cyber weapons through underground online markets creates an incentive st…
 
In the early days of the internet, information technology could be viewed as morally neutral. It was simply a means of passing data from one point to another. But, as communications technology has advanced by using algorithms, tracking and identifiers to shape the flow of information, we are being presented with moral and ethical questions about ho…
 
Social media has become an essential tool for sharing information and reaching audiences. In the political realm, it provides access to constituents in a way that going door to door can’t. It also provides a platform for direct access to citizens without paying for advertising or relying on news articles. We’ve seen how Donald Trump used social med…
 
In these unprecedented times where we’re now adjusting to a new way of living, why not use the time to start a new hobby? Why not learn something you’ve been dreaming about doing? In today’s B3 Break, take 2 minutes to think about how to make time to do something you’ve always wanted to try! When the excuses of not having the time go away, Amy Vett…
 
Humans need privacy — the United Nations long ago declared it an inalienable and universal human right. Yet technology is making privacy increasingly difficult to preserve, as we spend fewer and fewer moments of time disconnected from our computers, smartphones and wearable tech. Edward Snowden’s revelations about the scope of surveillance by the N…
 
After being on lockdown for almost two years, there has never been a better time to be open and transparent. In today’s B3 Break, take 2 ½ minutes to pause and assess how you can be more open and get the support you need to make the best plans for your future. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! http://amyvetter.com/breakingbeliefspo…
 
Tech billionaire Peter Thiel is an enigmatic, controversial and hugely influential power broker in both Silicon Valley and the political arena. He is often seen as a libertarian, who at one point was exploring the idea of building floating stateless cities in international waters. But at the same time Thiel is very much an insider. He is actively i…
 
Science fiction has long been a medium for bringing light to societal issues, including religion, culture and race. It helps us imagine futures of hope and prosperity or warns of dystopian nightmares. And our experience of race plays a central role in our understanding of science fiction. “There’s this amazing quote from Junot Díaz, the Pulitizer P…
 
Since concluding the last season this past August, a lot has happened in the big tech governance and regulation space. Whistle-blower Frances Haugen and the Facebook Papers shone light on social media’s harmful impacts on our society and reignited the debate over how we regulate platforms. There have been employee-led labour movements at Amazon, Ub…
 
Are your days packed with chatter, tension, and anxiety? In today’s B3 break, Host Amy Vetter leads you to take a moment to be still. Doing so will help you become more present and mindful of yourself. Listen to this episode and take 4 minutes to slow down and be still with a 2-minute check-in with your mind and breath. You can then reset and find …
 
If you don’t know what career path you’ll take, don’t overthink what you want. Why not give yourself the time to explore the opportunities around you? After all, it never hurts to ask. Amy Vetter’s guest today is Kara Fitzgerald, the President and CEO at Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. Kara shares with Amy her stories and experie…
 
To be an entrepreneur, you have to lead with value. That is one of the most important lessons that Jessica King learned throughout her journey. Jessica is an experienced B2B marketing expert who is passionate about social sciences and communication. That passion soon drew her to sales and marketing. In this conversation with Amy Vetter, Jessica sha…
 
Contrary to what many people think, asking questions does not make you appear weak. Instead, it helps you become smarter and make better decisions as a leader. Is there something you don’t know? Ask questions. Amy Vetter’s guest for this episode knows this from experience. Scott Wiley is the President and CEO of the Ohio Society of CPAs. In this co…
 
This season of Big Tech has featured conversations with experts across many fields —law makers, academics, journalists, authors, activists and a bishop — who are working to address technologies’ impact on our lives. In this episode of Big Tech, Taylor Owen looks back on those conversations and highlights six themes that have emerged across the seas…
 
You can be the same person at work and at home and still be successful! People are searching for a workplace where they can be who they are. They want to be judged for their results, not for their identity. Amy Vetter’s guest in this episode is James DeLeo, Gray, Gray & Gray’s Leading Partner. James shares with Amy his journey of becoming one of th…
 
Liberal democracies around the world have protections for free speech, such as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or, more famously, the US First Amendment. Many of the free speech activities that are protected by law, such as the right to organize and protest, have moved onto social media platforms. But, as we have seen, the power of soci…
 
In this episode of Big Tech, Taylor Owen speaks with Geoffrey Cain, author of The Perfect Police State, about the technology enabled in China’s Xinjiang region to oppress its Uighur population. Through a network of surveillance systems, social credit scores, algorithm-driven pre-crime computer software and a society where people are now fearful of …
 
Western democracies and tech companies have long painted the Chinese tech sector as not only a threat to the US sector but also as operating in direct conflict with American companies. They say that China is walled off from the rest of the world, that these tech companies are just an extension of the state, and that they create and promote state su…
 
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