The Big Story: Your phones may be listening to you and India election 2019

Tech editor Irene Tham will discuss the phenomenon of phones listening in on people's daily conversations to provide targeted advertisements and how people can try to prevent this.
Tech editor Irene Tham will discuss the phenomenon of phones listening in on people's daily conversations to provide targeted advertisements and how people can try to prevent this.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Catch up with the hottest topics on The Straits Times' new weekday talk show.

The Big Story, broadcast every weekday at 5.30pm on Facebook and YouTube, will have reporters and senior editors discussing the top stories of the day, in the heart of the newsroom.

On Thursday's (May 23) episode, tech editor Irene Tham will discuss the phenomenon of phones listening in on people's daily conversations to provide targeted advertisements and how people can try to prevent this.

Deputy foreign editor Bhagyashree Garekar will share her thoughts on the results of the 2019 India general elections.

Senior writer Wong Kim Hoh, joined by founder of Brahm Centre, Ms Angie Chew, will discuss Ms Chew's triumph over her mental health struggles through mindfulness.

The Big Story debuted on May 6.

Topics covered in the first few episodes included the impact of Google's Huawei ban on users, Singapore Red Cross data leak and how to practise good cyber hygiene, the impact of US-China's trade war on Singapore, WhatsApp's security flaw, Pakatan Harapan's report card, points made by several MPs on the issue of protection against sexual misconduct on campus, and the Committee of Inquiry's findings into the death of actor Aloysius Pang.

Helmed by multimedia journalist Kimberly Jow, the episode will air live from ST's new digital studio.