Thank you for being a guest on TechPoPo, the Tech Policy Podcast! The most important thing for this podcast is great guests, so this wouldn’t be possible without you, and I am very grateful for your time.
The second most important thing is audio quality. If possible, it’s best to meet in person, but usually a remote call is necessary. When we’re remote, here are some guidelines to help us have the best audio:
- Find a quiet room. The best rooms have lots of soft surfaces, like curtains, bedding, sofas, clothing, carpets. But any room where you’re alone should work – public places like cafes or open office spaces are not ideal – but we can do it even then if you use a headset.
- Use a headset if you have one. The kind with over-ear headphones and a mic near your mouth is best. But it’s also ok to use earbuds with a mic, including Bluetooth earbuds if that’s all you have. Using your phone mic or a computer mic isn’t ideal, but it can be ok if the room is very quiet.
At the scheduled time of our conversation, here’s how to connect depending on your equipment:
- computer (desktop or laptop) with wifi or wired connection
- iPhone or Android smartphone
- other phone (including landline, office, etc.)
A computer (desktop or laptop) with wifi or wired connection is the best way to connect.
I will email you a custom link to use for the podcast recording, and it will also be in the calendar item I set up for you.
- Click the link, and you will see “ginsudo invited you to join techpopo” – please select a username. Use any name you like, though it would be easiest if you just use your first name. After entering your name, hit “Continue” button.
- You will see “Create an account” and you will need to check the box next to “I’m not a robot” – don’t worry, you will not need to give any information after this. You might see a “CAPTCHA” asking you to select pictures to make sure you’re really not a robot.
- Now you’ll see a box that says “Claim your account” – you can skip this step! You do not need to give an email and password. Just click anywhere outside of the box to continue.
- In the bottom left corner, click the icon of the mic with a red slash through it. This will turn on your mic. You’ll see a box asking to use your microphone – click “Allow” to turn on your mic.
At this point, we will be able to hear each other, and I can guide you through the rest.
iPhone/Android (smartphone) instructions – use wifi if available, or have a good strong cell signal
When you click the custom link, you will be sent to the App Store (iPhone) or Play Store (Android) – you will need to download the free Discord app, and this time you will need to sign in using your email. There may be some additional steps such as CAPTCHA and email validation, depending on whether Discord thinks you’re a human.
Once in the Discord app, you should be in the voice channel, but if not:
- Click the menu button in the upper left corner (looks like 3 little horizontal lines).
- Select the voice channel named “guest-[yourname]”
- If you didn’t already select to turn your mic on, you will need to click the mic icon in the bottom center of the screen.
(other phones – landline, office phone, etc.):
Just call me directly, and I’ll record the call. I know this seems super easy and it’s tempting to do it this way, but the sound quality will not be great, so this is the least desirable way. Still, it’s better than nothing!
In general, our conversation will have two parts. In the first part, we talk about your background and interest in the policy topic. In the second part, we dive deeper into the specific issues of your current project.