Discussions in the technology, politics and culture of decentralization. From peer-to-peer networks and cryptocurrencies to darknet markets and distributed autonomous organizations, this show looks at how decentralization is changing the world. Hosted by the creator of STEAL THIS FILM, timely, thought-provoking interviews with technologists, activists, troublemakers and thought leaders.
How The Cult Of The Dead Cow Invented Hacktivism, with Joseph Menn
In this episode, journalist and writer Joseph Menn discuss the seminal hacking crew Cult Of The Dead Cow. CoDC was one of the key forces behind the creations of 'hacktivism', which tries to contribute political change via formal and informal hacking operations. Of particular interest here is how CoDC's work has more than occasionally dovetailed with American foreign policy -- especially with regards to China. Joseph Menn is on Twitter @JosephMenn (https://twitter.com/josephmenn) , and his book on the Cult Of The Dead Cow (https://www.amazon.com/Cult-Dead-Cow-Original-Supergroup/dp/154176238X) is available at all good bookshops.
snglsDAO: How To Decentralize The Video Economy, with Troy Murray
In this episode, we talk to Troy Murray (https://twitter.com/Danny_Desert) about snglsDAO (https://snglsdao.io/) : a BitTorrent and blockchain-based system for distributing and monetizing video content, the crazy amounts of money SingularDTV (https://www.singulardtv.com/) raised in their ICO, and why the ICO system seems to have provided a bad incentive to develop actual products. Find out how snglsDAO is intending to take power away from centralized services like YouTube, why that goal suddenly seems incredibly urgent, and why a Distributed Autonomous Organization is the right way to go about it.
Rabble: Decentralisation & Disaster
In this episode Jamie talks with Evan Henshaw Plath, aka @rabble (https://twitter.com/rabble) , about how he sees the world during and after Covid-19 - and the role for decentralised technologies, bitcoin, and survivable communication systems in whatever comes next. Evan's currently building Verse (https://verse.app/) , a social network built on the Scuttlebutt protocol.
How To Hack The Epistemic Crisis, with Audrey Tang
In this episode, we meet up with Audrey Tang, Taiwan's Digital Minister, to discuss how Taiwan eliminated Covid-19 with only 7 deaths (https://www.wlns.com/news/taiwan-was-so-ready-for-the-pandemic-that-it-only-had-7-deaths/) . Find out how information technology was instrumental in Taiwan's success, from helping source and distribute masks, to enabling citizen engagement through direct democracy. And finally, we dig into how this ongoing experiment with direct democracy in Taiwan has helped avoid the deadly plague of conspiracy theories, social polarization, and what some people are now calling the 'epistemic crisis' we're experiencing in the West.
'Shadow Brokers vs. NSA: All About the Bitcoins?' with Ben Buchanan
In this episode, I talked with Ben Buchanan (https://gufaculty360.georgetown.edu/s/contact/00336000014U0TKAA0/ben-buchanan) author of The Hacker And The State (https://www.amazon.com/Hacker-State-Attacks-Normal-Geopolitics/dp/0674987551) . We look at Ben's research into 'Shadow Brokers' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shadow_Brokers) , the mysterious hacker group who first appeared in the summer of 2016, attempting to auction off a treasure trove of previously unknown NSA exploits. We discuss the hackers' tense relationship with the media, possible suspects including Kaspersky Labs, and motivations Shadow Brokers may have had beyond their claims that it was 'all about the Bitcoins'.
'The Dark Economics Of DDOS', with Abhishta
In this episode, returning guest Abhistha (https://people.utwente.nl/s.abhishta) -- now Assistant Professor in network security at the University of Utwente -- digs into his latest research on the real economic impact of distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks such as the Mirai botnet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirai_(malware)) . With the internet-of-things continuing to grow as an attack surface, and compromised devices increasing both in number and processing capacity, we take an in-depth look at the underground economics of botnets -- and why some large corporations may not be owning up to the true extent of the threat to their bottom line.
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