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The Techdirt Podcast, hosted by Michael Masnick.

    Section 230 & Trump's Executive Order

    Section 230 & Trump's Executive Order

    This week, we've got a special cross-post from 16 Minutes On The News — an excellent tech podcast by a16z that's well worth subscribing to. For the latest episode, host Sonal Chokshi interviewed Mike all about Section 230 and Trump's recent executive order about social media — and as you might imagine, it took a lot longer than 16 minutes! We've got the complete interview here on the Techdirt Podcast.

    • 42 min
    The .ORG Deal Post-Mortem, With Mike Godwin

    The .ORG Deal Post-Mortem, With Mike Godwin

    We're back! It's been a while since the last podcast, for obvious reasons, but today we've got a new episode following up on something we discussed with Mike Godwin in January: the Internet Society's proposed sale of the .org domain registry. That deal has since been cancelled, and some groups including the EFF assert that it showed ISOC can't be trusted to handle the registry, so this week Godwin joins us again to discuss what happened in more detail.

    • 57 min
    Protocols Versus Platforms, Part 2

    Protocols Versus Platforms, Part 2

    Last week, we featured the first half of a panel discussion organized by Lincoln Network, all about the concept of open internet protocols versus proprietary walled-garden platforms. The panel is moderated by Marshall Kosloff and features Mike Masnick, Cory Doctorow, Ashley Tyson and Mai Sutton, and this week we've got the second half of the discussion plus the audience Q&A.

    • 45 min
    Protocols Versus Platforms, Part One

    Protocols Versus Platforms, Part One

    Today on the podcast, we've got the first part of a panel discussion organized by Lincoln Network on a subject we've been talking more and more about around here: a return to an internet based on open protocols instead of closed platforms. The panel, which took place last week, is moderated by Marshall Kosloff and features Mike Masnick, Cory Doctorow, Ashley Tyson and Mai Sutton. In next week's episode we'll have the second half along with the Q&A at the end, but this week you can dive in to the first part of this wide-ranging discussion about protocols versus platforms.

    • 35 min
    The Fate Of HQ Trivia

    The Fate Of HQ Trivia

    Remember HQ Trivia? A couple years ago it was taking the world by storm and raising a lot of interest, and not without reason: it looked like it was resurrecting a shared live experience that seemed to be dead in the on-demand era. We featured a discussion about it on Episode 146. But the company has faced a rocky road since then, and recently announced that it would be shutting down — although, after this podcast was recorded, a subsequent announcement suggested it might get a lifeline. Either way, it's worth looking at what happened, so erstwhile podcast co-host Dennis Yang — who was both an early adopter and, to this day, one of the dwindling regular players of HQ — has returned for this episode to discuss the fate of HQ Trivia.

    • 40 min
    Gaming Like It's 1924

    Gaming Like It's 1924

    Last week, we announced the winners of our second annual public domain game jam, Gaming Like It's 1924. The entries were so great this year that they deserve a close look, so this week myself and Randy Lubin — who was instrumental in conceiving, launching, and judging these jams — join the podcast to discuss all six of the winners from the game jam, and what makes them special.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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If only everyone listened to Techdirt

I just finished listening to the Indian Call Center episode and related Reply All episodes. Without this podcast I might have missed some of the finest reporting and excellent follow-up, on the Internet.

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Irregular

This podcast kind of gets on my nerves in a few ways. The schedule is inconsistent, the hosts/guests go off topic a lot, audio quality of guests isn't great. It always seems like the host holds a contrarian opinion that just kind of wants to make people angry. I used to like this podcast a few years ago but now it's in my "only if I listen to everything else" grouping.

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Stay focused

Listened to the E-scooter episode. I was excited to hear different opinions and views on this last-minute transportation, an emerging service and how it can break into new markets (NYC). But then the conversation gets hijacked by one of the participants and becomes a group discussion of SF bureaucracy, Vans, ambulance costs and a number of other topics unrelated to e-scooters. Admittedly this is the only episode I’ve listened to but I’m not encouraged to do it again with the feeling conversations will detour to random thoughts.

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