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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.

STEAL THIS SHOW Jamie King

    • Technology
    • 5.0, 7 Ratings

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.

    12: 'Shadow Brokers vs. NSA: All About the Bitcoins?' with Ben Buchanan

    12: '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'.

    • 44 min
    11: 'The Dark Economics Of DDOS', with Abhishta

    11: '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.

    • 32 min
    10: 'Taking Crypto Offgrid', with Rich Myers

    10: 'Taking Crypto Offgrid', with Rich Myers

    In this episode we meet Rich Myer (https://twitter.com/remyers_) s of mesh networking company GoTenna (https://gotenna.com) . Rich is developing the Lot49 (https://globalmeshlabs.org/files/Lot49%20Protocol%20Whitepaper%20-%20DRAFT%200.8.5_20190611.pdf) protocol, which both allows Lightning transactions over a local mesh network, and uses Bitcoin incentives to increase adoption of the network. Rich and I discuss the history of wireless networking and how P2P meshes could turn out to be critical in a time of crisis; why and to what extent we can consider our contemporary networks compromised through what Rich calls 'The Eye of Sauron' problem; and how Lot49 enables an internet-minimized micropoayments soltuion which could function in a distressed, post-Covid environment. 

    • 53 min
    9: 'The Great Data Prison Break', with Sean Moss-Pultz

    9: 'The Great Data Prison Break', with Sean Moss-Pultz

    In this episode, I talk to Sean Moss Pultz, CEO of Bitmark Inc. -- a company focused on enabling personal data sovereignty through blockchain technology. We discuss Bitmark's journey and the company's latest pivot to Spring, an app that helps users extract personal data from Facebook and put it to work in all kinds of interesting ways.
    We discuss Sean's thoughts on data sovereignty and data rights as a critical civics issue and look in detail at how Spring wants to empower a new level of control over personal data, providing a much-needed counterweight to big platforms who regard our information as their intellectual property.
    During these uncertain times, I'd love to connect with listeners more than ever. For that reason I'm temporarily opening the Patreon discord to anyone who wants to join -- just email me at jamie@stealthisshow.com and I'll send you an invite. At times like this, we all benefit from exchanging information and ideas about what we should be doing and how to survive whatever comes next.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    8: 'Last Exit To Reality', with Sam Woolley

    8: 'Last Exit To Reality', with Sam Woolley

    This episode features returning guest Sam Woolley, whose new book 'The Reality Game,' examines the new frontiers of 'fake news' and the idea that the next wave of technology will 'break the truth'. We discuss the state of the art in propaganda bots, delve further into the Russian strategy of producing 'controlled instability' through ongoing, widespread informational attacks such as political bots, and talk about the rise of institutional distrust, which may well prove disastrous in the context of the current pandemic.
    I hope you are doing okay during this tough period. During these uncertain times I'd love to connect with listeners more than ever. For that reason I'm temporarily opening the Patreon discord to anyone who wants to join -- just email me at jamie@stealthisshow.com (mailto:jamie@stealthisshow.com) and I'll send you an invite. At times like this we all benefit from exchanging information and ideas about what we should be doing and how to survive whatever comes next.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    7: Stolen Headlines 5: My Corona

    7: Stolen Headlines 5: My Corona

    In this Stolen Headlines, we invite show supporters Tim Reutemann (https://www.bravenewworld.nl/Speakers/tim-reutemann/) and Mendel Skulski (https://ca.linkedin.com/in/mendel-skulski-5b303638) to discuss Coronavirus - how various world governments have responded so far, and the role information technology has played in detecting, containing and eradicating the disease. Tim introduces the informal hackathon he's initiated along with this wife, as a platform for people to do something about the virus.
    We discuss: how Taiwan has approached containing Coronavirus, and whether the surveillance provisions set up in order to contain the disease could persist after it's resolved. And we argue about whether modern, data-driven totalitarian societies like China are proving themselves more efficient than free-market economies in addressing Coronavirus, and whether this points to any unexpected advantages this new state form may have over the Western model in the future.
    Tim brought the stolen headlines for this show (via Google Translate). The first piece we discuss looks at how the first Swiss citizens became infected with the virus and how the Swiss government has responded to the infection.  (https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nzz.ch%2Fschweiz%2Fcoronavirus-so-infizierten-sich-die-ersten-50-schweizer-ld.1544556)
    The second is a detailed reflection from blogger Alex Kunz on his experience of Coronavirus in Taiwan.  (https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Falexkunztaipei.wordpress.com%2F2020%2F03%2F06%2Fwie-ich-die-coronavirus-epidemie-covid-19-in-taiwan-erlebe%2F)
    Joey & Tim's Coronavirus Hackathon is organizing itself via Discord. There's already a couple of investors staking cash to help the best ideas get realised. If you'd like to help out, you're welcome to join -- you'll also find me there! Come say hi at: https://discord.gg/tfsCfk2

    • 36 min

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