In this episode, we meet anthropologist Joshua Reno, author of 'Military Waste: The Unexpected Consequences of Permanent War Readiness' to discuss Josh's investigations into the strange externalities of rapidly proliferating military technology, both on planet Earth and beyond. Join us to discover Point Nemo, the so-called "oceanic pole of inaccessibility,” and graveyard of the world's downed orbital tech; why future war really will be fought in space; how ʻOumuamua’ may be the first instance of interstellar landfill; and how hackers are repurposing abandoned orbital technology using ham radio and rented satellite dishes.
In this episode of Stolen Headlines, Jamie hangs out with patrons Tim Reutemann and Mattias Rubensson to discuss: why the phony Marxist Greek government is evicting horizontally organized refugee shelters; how centralised statism is leading to bad software choices in Sweden; and why it doesn't matter whether Craig Wright is actually Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.
This is part two of our interview with Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan. We discuss the technology behind the Sunflower Movement, which radicalized democracy in the country, and how the Taiwanese government is using Free Software such as Discourse and Polis to enable its ongoing real-time experiment in direct democracy.
Audrey explains the inspiration provided by Bowling Green Civic Assembly, the so-called 'online to offline' model in which a virtual decision-making process helped inform and structure a traditional town hall's agenda.
We dig into Taiwan's evolving approach to participatory democracy, focusing on Audrey's notion of 'conservative anarchy' and the fascinating idea that ordinary people actually share far more consensus than anyone realizes. What could be achieved if we focused policy-making energy on the stuff we can all agree on?
In this second installment of Stolen Headlines, cybersecurity experts Sean Lynch and Adam Burns discuss why Peter Thiel thinks Google's co-operation with China on AI is treasonous; how governments around the world are increasingly employing internet shutdowns as a political tool; and what to do about the fact that Android is increasingly rife with malware.
This is the first of a two-part interview with Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan. We discuss Taiwan's 2014 Sunflower Student Movement, which marked the first time the country's legislature has been occupied by citizens, and which led to a radical new phase for Taiwanese democracy.
How have digital networks facilitated the emergence of horizontal power and leaderless organization in Taiwan? Is the continuous participation in Taiwan's ongoing experiment in direct democracy responsible for reducing online trolling and creating constructive digital communities there? And how has the Taiwanese experience, from Sunflower onwards, pointed the way to what's happening right now, in Hong Kong's own Umbrella movement?
Jul 31, 11:05 AM
This is the pilot episode of a new format in which Jamie discusses the news with invited patrons and guests. This is the pilot episode of a new format in which Jamie discusses the news with invited patrons and guests. In this episode, author and climate consultant Tim Reutemann, and ex-NSA analyst and NewGeld CEO Tim Ofril discuss: why NSA is getting a new Cybersecurity division; the latest advancements with CRISPR and potential IP problems; and Github's censoring of users impacted by US sanctions -- just another sign of the increasing politicization of online platforms.
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In this episode we meet Sean Tilley (aka @deadsuperhero) of We Distribute (and formerly the Diaspora project) to discuss: early days at Diaspora, the first Facebook alternative to really reach critical mass; the steady rise of Mastodon and why the Fediverse its gaining traction; some surprising factors pushing people to move from Big Social to federated social media networks; and whether technologists could (or should) move beyond de-platforming to begin refusing use of their technologies to those whose political ideas they disagree with.
This is the second part of a two-part interview with Tim Tayshun, bitcoin entrepreneur and activist, who dedicated himself to exposing the crypto ponzi scheme, OneCoin. We discuss: how the internet changed the business of running a ponzi; the similarities between scams like OneCoin and the crypto world's ICOs; how OneCoin modeled the way it moved money and on methods used by drug dealers; how Tim used memes to deal some deadly blows to the operation; and why Onecoin -- which by its own account should now be worth more than all US dollars in circulation --- still refuses to die.
In this episode we meet Josephine Wolff, author of a new book on financial and economic cybercrime, You'll See This Message When It Is Too Late.
We discuss two important case studies from the book. First, the massive financial fraud botnet GameOver Zeus, which innovated by using P2P to distribute its command and control infrastructure, and a network of money mules to route funds to its owners, making it extremely hard to detect. The evolution of this botnet in response to Bitcoin shows how cryptocurrency has produced a real paradigm shift in cybercrime - not least in shifting the financial impact of the crime onto the individuals and away from credit card companies and banks.
Moving on to the case of PLA 61398, we discuss the Chinese deployment of hacking resources for economic advancement via China's so-called APT or Advanced Persistent Threat Units. What started with phishing attacks on the email accounts of company offices eventually obtained -- via privilege escalation -- intelligence on pricing, methods, and enough information to tip the balance on crucial trade negotiations. The way China responded to detection shows that it brooks no distinction between political and economic espionage, or America's idea of what is 'okay' and 'not-okay' digital spying.
Wrapping up, we discuss the question of international law and order in the context of massive, distributed cyber operations that remain extremely hard to detect and police. Will multinationals be forced into service as proxies for international co-operation at state level, and into taking responsibility as intermediaries in cybercrime? How would such politicisation of platforms and services look -- and are we in its first stages already? And finally, could there be a new detente as the great powers understand the leverage they have available to affect each other's critical infrastructures through cyberwarfare?
Josephine Wolff is an assistant professor in the Public Policy department at RIT and a member of the extended faculty of the Computing Security department as well as a fellow at the New America Cybersecurity Initiative. Wolff received her Ph.D. in Engineering Systems: Technology, Management and Policy and M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as her A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton University.
Grab Josephine's book, 'You'll See This Message When It Is Too Late,' here at Amazon or at any other traditional online retailers.
In this episode author Cory Doctorow discusses three stories from his new collection, Radicalized. We discuss:
- the perils of DRM, and becoming dependent on manufacturers --- from printers, to toasters and beyond -- and how (or if) we can force control of our technological future
- what lengths it’s permissible to go to when we're trying to effect change against the systems which might very well end the world as we know it;
- if all of this fails, the ethical, philosophical and practical problems involved in waiting out the apocalypse in a high-tech, high-security bunker.
Grab Cory's new book Radicalized -- DRM and EULA free - at Craphound.com, or all the traditional online retailers.