This is the second part of our interview with Chris Beams, founder of the decentralised cryptocurrency exchange, Bisq. We discuss the inner workings of the Bisq service, how it compares to the widely used platform Local Bitcoins, and the intricacies of designing decentral P2P systems for financial operations. From there, we move into some of the political/philosophical implications of Bisq as a Distributed Autonomous Organisation (DAO): are we evolving, with Bitcoin and other P2P networks, functionalities which parallel certain present-day institutions, and which could one day eliminate the need for  establishment altogether? And could a future democracy be composed of "opt-in" components that actually do better at providing for our basic human needs?

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What is the alt-right, and what does it have to do with online culture? In this episode we meet Elizabeth Sandifer, author of Neoreaction, A Basilisk. Riffing off the material in her book, we talk through the origins of the alt-right, Richard Spencer, and a potential relation to 4Chan's Anonymous movement. Then we look at so-called Neoreactionary (NrX) theorists such as Mencius Moldbug and Nick Land, asking what it is they want for the world and what their arms may (or may not) have in common with early Marxism. Finally we look at the fascinating concept of The Great Filter: what is it, how do we survive it, and are Elon Musk, Nick Land and Peter Thiel all hunting for different solutions to the same problem? And last, but not least: the many lives of The Red Pill. Please note that although Elizabeth is referred to as 'Phil' and 'Philip' in the episode, she has since transitioned and is now known as Elizabeth.

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In this episode we meet Chris Beams, founder of the decentralised cryptocurrency exchange Bisq. We discuss the concept of DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations), and whether The Pirate Bay was an early example; how the start of Bitcoin parallels the start of the Internet itself; and why the meretricious Bitcoin Cash fork of Bitcoin is based on a misunderstanding of Open Source development. Finally then we get into Bisq itself, discussing the potential political importance of decentralised crypto exchanges in the context of any future attempts by the financial establishment to control cryptocurrency. This is part one of a two-part interview; the second part will be released to Patreon supporters first, and then on the main feed.

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In this episode we meet Sam Woolley, director of the Digital Intelligence Lab at the Institute for the Future, to dig deeper into the topic of troll farms, political disinformation and the use of social media bots to create what Sam calls 'Computational Propaganda'. What happens when the ability to create propaganda is democratized out of the hands of governments and corporate media and into the hands of unknown, weird and downright dangerous online actors? The paper Sam co-wrote, 'Computational Propaganda in the United States of America: Manufacturing Consensus Online', is available here.

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In this episode we meet Vinay Gupta: software engineer, disaster consultant and global resilience guru. Vinay served as Release Co-ordinator for the Ethereum project, and is now CEO of Mattereum, 'the first Internet of Agreements infrastructure project, bringing legally-enforceable smart contracts to the internet.' We discuss: the idea of a 'nerd Reich' that has either usurped power from or merged with global governmental power; how and why we now live in a market-driven version of Orwell's 1984; and Vinay's concept of de-governance, and why the modern nation state is the wrong platform to solve the problems that face us today.
Starting out in the 1990s as a computer programmer, Gupta shifted his attention to environmental and infrastructure risk around the turn of the century, becoming involved with the Rocky Mountain Institute, a leading US think-tank dedicated to the sustainable use of energy and resources. He was on the editorial team for two of its books, the Pentagon-funded Winning the Oil Endgame and Small is Profitable, winner of the 2003 Economist book of the year. Since then, his work on state failure and critical infrastructure has seen him contribute to US Department of Defense research projects, consult for the engineering and design firm Arup on urban resilience and most recently, take on a role as an associate fellow at the UCL Institute for Security and Resilience Studies in London.
It seems everyone's getting in on the "fake news" game today, from far-right parties in Germany to critics of Catalan separatism -- but none more concertedly than the Russian state itself. In this episode we meet Ben Nimmo, Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, to talk us through the latest patterns and trends in online disinformation and hybrid warfare. 'People who really want to cause trouble can make up just about anything,' explains Ben, 'and the fakes are getting more and more complex. It's really quite alarming.' After cluing us in on the state of information warfare today, we discuss evidence that the Russians are deploying a fully-funded 'Troll Factory' across dominant social networks whose intent is to distort reality and sway the political conversation in favour of its masters. We dig deep into the present history of the 'Battle Of The Bots', looking specifically at the activities of the fake Twitter account @TEN_GOP, whose misinformation has reached all the way to the highest tier of American government. Can we control or counter these rogue informational entities? What's the best way to do so? Do we need 'Asimov Laws' for a new generation of purely online, but completely real, information entities?

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In this episode we meet Diani Barreto from the Berlin Bureau of ExposeFacs. Launched in June 2014, ExposeFacts.org supports and encourages whistleblowers to disclose information that citizens need to make truly informed decisions in a democracy, aiming to shed light on concealed activities that are relevant to human rights, corporate malfeasance, the environment, civil liberties and war. We start by discussing Diani's Cuban heritage, the recent mysterious aural attacks against diplomats in Cuba, and how her work with Telecomix trying to network the country attracted the unwelcome attention of the American Heritage Foundation. Then we move through a range of topics including whether the media establishment has lost the power determine what counts as 'reality' in political discussion; Facebook's political function and whether it's more like a branch of government than a company; how the new information incumbents like Facebook, Twitter and Wikileaks are coping with their status; and if Silicon Valley's mantra of "disrupt all the things" is actually resetting our social landscape in favour of the unpleasant and unwanted alt-right.
Diani Barreto is a Cuban-American painter, media artist, translator, information activist and independent researcher on whistleblowers and hacktivism.

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In this episode we meet ZCash's Paige Peterson. ZCash is a privacy-enhanced fork of Bitcoin that can provide fully anonymous transactions using zero-knowledge cryptography. We discuss ZCash's relationship to Bitcoin and why Bitcoin could use a community manager; how the first P2P revolution in filesharing is segueing into the P2P money revolution - even bringing along some of the same developers; the role ZCash could play in hyperinflated economies like Venezuela's, and even closer to home; how (and if) government can continue after a general shift to using crypto as money; and finally we delve into New Hampshire's libertarian Free State Project, whose participants are doing a kind of 'live philosophy' on how future communities run on Bitcoin or ZCash might work. Could we have socialism without centralisation or 'big government'?
Paige has been immersed within the peer-to-peer technology world for 5 years and counting. Through roles with mesh networking startup Open Garden, P2P torage and communications company, MaidSafe, and as Co-organizer for the San Francisco Bitcoin Meetup, she has gained appreciation for the diverse applications of decentralized networks. She is interested in a wide variety of digital media and tech entrepreneurship and is an advocate for open standards, user privacy and decentralized technologies. After receiving a BFA practicing experimental tech art with a strong focus on complexity in nature, her interest was drawn towards political and technological activism centering around concepts and tools for individual empowerment.

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In this episode, we're talking to Steve Phillips of The Pursuance Project. Pursuance is a new tool for organising activists and journalists online which springs directly from the work of journalist Barrett Brown and Barrett's experience handling the Stratfor HBGary leaks around 2012-2013, which resulted in him going to prison. We discuss the tech behind the Panama Papers and Snowden leaks, the details behind the HB Gary leaks, how Steve was inspired by the story of Anonymous' first big online hit and how organisational tools are the new frontier online - whether for corporate teams or activist groups. This is the first 45 minute of a fascinating 2 hour interview -- we'll be releasing the second part on Patreon first, and then on the main feed in due course.
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Dan Hassan is a very early Bitcoin enthusiast who's taking a different approach to making use of his cryptocurrency wealth. Instead of moving to Silicon Valley, buying a Tesla and funding dubious startups, Dan's helping activists and progressives find their feet in crypto -- with the aim of creating an extended gang of independently wealthy individuals who can dedicate themselves to disruption and the building of radical, new social alternatives. What could be more STEAL THIS SHOW?

We met up with Dan to discuss the early days of Bitcoin and his roots in the anarcho-left; just how great a strategist Satoshi Nakamoto was; what it means that disruptive systems like darknet markets and unregulated ICOs are now so easy to stand up; how crypto investing could be a hedge against the rising instability of everyday life; how blockchain-managed personal data would almost certainly be an improvement over the Facebook 'voluntary surveillance' model; and perhaps most fascinating of all, Dan's take on Bitcoin and other peer-to-peer currencies - that regardless of the real utility value of crypto, big finance is coming soon ("That's Where The Cheese Is!") -- and it will take To The Moon to a whole new level.*

*Please note, although we did manage to screw some crypto tips out of Dan, nothing in this show is to intended as financial advice. These are weird times. Literally no one can predict what's going to happen!

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