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Is social media really destroying democracy? Should Facebook be considered a public utility? How does crytpocurrency affect state sovereignty? And what exactly is surveillance capitalism? For all your political questions about tech, this is The Anti-Dystopians.
The Anti-Dystopians is hosted and produced by Alina Utrata. All episodes are freely available, wherever you get your podcasts. Follow the show on Twitter @AntiDystopians.
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Is social media really destroying democracy? Should Facebook be considered a public utility? How does crytpocurrency affect state sovereignty? And what exactly is surveillance capitalism? For all your political questions about tech, this is The Anti-Dystopians.
The Anti-Dystopians is hosted and produced by Alina Utrata. All episodes are freely available, wherever you get your podcasts. Follow the show on Twitter @AntiDystopians.
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    (Tech) Company Rule

    (Tech) Company Rule

    Alina Utrata talks to Dr Maha Atal, a lecturer at the University of Glasgow who studies the political economy of corporate power and was previously an award-winning journalist reporting on the tech industry. They discuss how the history of company-rule and colonization relates to the tech industry, how tech companies exert power in the Global South, why Silicon Valley’s “Janus faces” allows it to escape state regulation, and whether the perception of technology corporations has changed, from the tech-utopian days of the Obama administration to now. 
    Selected articles by Maha Atal
    The Janus faces of Silicon Valley http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/247127/
    Is Google evil? http://www.newstatesman.com/scitech/2009/08/online-search-google-datak
    You can follow Maha Atal on Twitter @MahaRafiAtal
    Alina Utrata on Twitter @alinautrata
    And the Anti-Dystopians podcast on Twitter @AntiDystopians
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    All episodes of the Anti-Dystopians are hosted and produced by Alina Utrata, and are freely available to all listeners. To support the production to the show, visit: bit.ly/3AApPN4
    Nowhere Land by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4148-nowhere-land
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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    • 56 min
    Human rights and internet infrastructure 

    Human rights and internet infrastructure 

    Alina Utrata talks to Dr Corinne Cath-Speth, a recent graduate from the doctoral program at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on Internet infrastructure politics, engineering cultures, and technology policy and governance. They discuss the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF): What is it? What are internet protocols? And how can infrastructure uphold or harm human rights?
    You can follow Corinne Cath-Speth on Twitter @C___CS
    Alina Utrata on Twitter @alinautrata
    And the Anti-Dystopians podcast on Twitter @AntiDystopians
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    All episodes of the Anti-Dystopians are hosted and produced by Alina Utrata, and are freely available to all listeners. To support the production to the show, visit: bit.ly/3AApPN4
    Selected Reading and Articles by Corinne Cath-Speth:

    Corinne Cath on Internet governance cultures: https://hackcur.io/whats-wrong-with-loud-men-talking-loudly-the-ietfs-culture-wars/Suzanne van Geuns and Corinne Cath, article for the Brookings Institute: https://www.brookings.edu/techstream/how-hate-speech-reveals-the-invisible-politics-of-internet-infrastructure/Report workshop organized by Beatrice Martini, Niels ten Oever, Corinne Cath: https://data-activism.net/2019/12/off-the-beaten-path-human-rights-advocacy-to-change-the-internet-infrastructure/ 'Changing minds and machines: a case study of human rights advocacy in the Internet Engineering Task Force'. PhD Thesis University of Oxford. https://corinnecath.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/CathCorinne-Thesis-DphilInformationCommunicationSocialSciences.pdfThe Technology We Choose to Create: Human Rights Advocacy in the Internet Engineering Task Force’. Telecommunications Policy 45, no. 6 (1 July 2021): 102144. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2021.102144.
    Nowhere Land by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4148-nowhere-land
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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    • 41 min
    Snake oil or substance? Tech companies talk climate at COP26

    Snake oil or substance? Tech companies talk climate at COP26

    This week Josh Lappen, an environmental historian studying at Oxford University, returns to discuss the climate crisis and tech companies ahead of COP26. Are tech companies’ promises of technological innovation really going to save Earth? Do we need AI for the environment? What does the German government have to do with the adoption of solar panels? And who really are the biggest impediments to stopping climate change? (Hint: it’s not China.) Josh discusses the snake oil and substance at COP26, and how tech companies use the promise of the future to influence the politics of the present.
    All episodes of the Anti-Dystopians are hosted and produced by Alina Utrata, and are freely available to all listeners. To support the production to the show, visit: bit.ly/3AApPN4
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    https://twitter.com/AntiDystopians
    To follow Alina Utrata on Twitter, go to:
    https://twitter.com/AlinaUtrata
    To follow Josh Lappen on Twitter, go to:
    https://twitter.com/jlappen1
    Articles Mentioned:
    Past Anti Dystopians episode with Josh—Nationalize Gmail! https://open.spotify.com/episode/5Aayx7p8uYdKcDeyEvwuzJ?si=48fF-8p7R2KgVPHZ2O-7Rw
    Do Carbon Offsets Offset Carbon? https://www.cesifo.org/DocDL/cesifo1_wp9368.pdf
    Biden’s First Climate Actions Are Missing Coal’s Long Tail https://www.thenation.com/article/environment/biden-climate-executive-orders-coal/
    How Germany helped bring down the cost of PV https://energytransition.org/2016/01/how-germany-helped-bring-down-the-cost-of-pv/
    The Dream of Scooping Plastic From the Ocean Is Still Alive—and Problematic https://gizmodo.com/the-dream-of-scooping-plastic-from-the-ocean-is-still-a-1847890573
    Outer space and climate solutionism https://bostonreview.net/science-nature/alina-utrata-lost-space
    Nowhere Land by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4148-nowhere-land
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    • 44 min
    Financial imperialism on the blockchain: Bitcoin in El Salvador

    Financial imperialism on the blockchain: Bitcoin in El Salvador

    This week, Alina Utrata is joined by Mallika Balakrishnan to talk about the protests over the adoption of bitcoin in El Salvador. What exactly is bitcoin (and what's the difference between Bitcoin and other digital currencies)? Why has President Nayib Bukele implemented it as legal tender in El Salvador? And, most importantly, how will this impact the people in El Salvador? All your questions on the blockchain answered by the Anti-Dystopians! 
    All episodes of the Anti-Dystopians are hosted and produced by Alina Utrata, and are freely available to all listeners. To support the production to the show, visit: bit.ly/3AApPN4
    Articles mentioned in this podcast
    El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law Is a Farce
    For Latin American politicians, Bitcoin is a PR goldmine
    Jorge E. Cuéllar, Bitcoin Sanctuaries — Sidecar (New Left Review)
    USAID, Bitcoin and the Long Fight over El Salvador’s Sovereignty -- Daniel Alvarenga -- El Faro
    Left Out of Bukele’s Bitcoin Decision, Salvadorans Face Deepening Inequality
    There Is No Democratic Tradition in El Salvador 
    In Central America, Rule of Law Is Under Attack. El Salvador Is the Latest Victim.
    In El Salvador, Broken Promises Have Forced the Establishment Out
    CISPES https://www.cispes.org/ 
    Books mentioned in this podcast
    Blockchain Chicken Farm by Xiaowei Wang
    Blockchain Democracy by William Magnuson
     
    Nowhere Land by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4148-nowhere-land
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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    • 38 min
    The Digital Landscape of Southeast Asia: From Fake News to 5G

    The Digital Landscape of Southeast Asia: From Fake News to 5G

    We’re back from our summer holiday! To kick off season 2 of the Anti-Dystopians, we’re zeroing in on some of the global aspects of technology—this time in Southeast Asia. Alina Utrata talks to Kyra Jasper and Andreyka Natalegawa about the digital landscape of the region, from Facebook’s relationship with the junta in Myanmar, from fake news laws in Indonesia to Huwaei’s plans for 5g to ASEAN Smart Cities. 
    To follow the Anti-Dystopians new Twitter account, go to:
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    To follow Alina Utrata on Twitter, go to:
    https://twitter.com/AlinaUtrata
    To follow Kyra Jasper on Twitter, go to:
    https://twitter.com/kj_spade
    To follow Andreyka Natalegawa on Twitter, go to:
    https://twitter.com/a_natalegawa
    The Anti-Dystopians is hosted and produced by Alina Utrata. All episodes are freely available, wherever you get your podcasts.
    To support the show, visit: bit.ly/3AApPN4
    Articles by Kyra and Andreyka
    Controlling the Information Space: Big Tech and Free Speech in Southeast Asia
    https://www.csis.org/blogs/new-perspectives-asia/controlling-information-space-big-tech-and-free-speech-southeast-asia
    Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks for ASEAN Smart Cities 
    http://www.cogitasia.com/mitigating-cybersecurity-risks-for-asean-smart-cities/
    Articles on SE Asia region
    Digital trade deal ripe for the Indo-Pacific
    https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/digital-trade-deal-ripe-for-the-indo-pacific/
    The e-Conomy SEA 2020 report by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company
    https://economysea.withgoogle.com
    On Myanmar
    Months After Coup, Myanmar Accelerates Toward Surveillance State
    https://www.csis.org/blogs/new-perspectives-asia/months-after-coup-myanmar-accelerates-toward-surveillance-state
    Myanmar junta blocks Facebook to quell dissent
    https://www.ft.com/content/65c3f19d-2d54-4f32-9b96-7114d8416e26
    On Indonesia
    Seeking a Viable Alternative to Indonesia’s Blasphemy Laws
    https://thediplomat.com/2020/09/seeking-a-viable-alternative-to-indonesias-blasphemy-laws/
    InterpretatIons of artIcle 156a of the IndonesIan CrImInal Code on Blasphemy and relIgIous defamatIon (a legal and human rIghts analysIs)
    https://leip.or.id/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LeIP-Interpretations-of-Article-156A-of-The-Indonesian-Criminal-Code-On-Blasphemy-and-Religious-Defamation-a-Legal-and-Human-Right-Analysis.pdf 
    Jakarta governor Ahok found guilty of blasphemy
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39853280
    Buni Yani gets 1.5 years in jail for hate speech after selectively edited a video in which former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama warned Thousand Islands regency residents about people using Quranic verses for political gain. 
    https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/11/14/buni-yani-gets-1-5-years-in-jail.html
    Privacy alarm in Indonesia over president's leaked vaccine certificate
    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/privacy-alarm-indonesia-over-presidents-leaked-vaccine-certificate-2021-09-03/
    On Thailand
    Lèse-majesté epidemic in Thailand reaches new milestone
    https://www.fidh.org/en/region/asia/thailand/lese-majeste-epidemic-reaches-new-milestone
    Thailand government files lese-majesty suit against banned opposition leader
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/21/thailand-government-files-lese-majesty-suit-against-banned-opposition-leader
    Nowhere Land by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4148-nowhere-land
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    • 54 min
    Lost in Space: Audio Reading

    Lost in Space: Audio Reading

    In this special episode, an audio recording of Alina Utrata's recent article in the Boston Review "Lost in Space" about the tech billionaires attempting to colonize space.
    https://bostonreview.net/science-nature/alina-utrata-lost-space

    Nowhere Land by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4148-nowhere-land
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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    • 33 min

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