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In this special episode, we bring together STEAL THIS SHOW Patreon supporters Eric Barch and Joe Matheny to discuss a wide range of topics from filter bubbles and Jamie's 'bubble swapping' concept, Joe's attempts to create a standard for handling personal data online way back in the 90s, and the results of our mysterious, short-lived Tor spying experiment, Project Dirtbag. Project Dirtbag might have died a quick death, but the Patreon specials will live on!

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Imagination... We wanna juice it. We want to to take it to another level with our technology. Whether it be with VR, or a pages of a book.
In this episode we meet Rand Miller, creator of the seminal Myst and Riven adventure games. We talk about the plans Facebook has to colonise VR; the roots of adventure games in D&D, MUDs and early hypertext technologies like hypercard; problems with middlemen and changing distribution models for content creators, such as Patreon and Kevin Kelly's '1,000 Fans' idea - and how the truly important thing about creation for Rand seeding something for the next generation of creators. Rand Miller's latest game, Obduction, is out now on Steam.

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STEAL THIS SHOW brings you stories from the frontier of the information revolution. From pirates and renegade technologists to media radicals and DIY creators, we connect with people using technology to put power back where it belongs -- in the hands of the people! Our Patreon campaign helps keep the show free and independent. If you enjoy this episode, get involved! Our patrons get access to an exclusive Slack channel, uncut interviews, and more.
In this first episode of the new season, we meet the irrepressible Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment and director of The Toxic Avenger. Find out why Lloyd loves pirates - except state-sponsored ones; why vertical integration, media consolidation and the end of Net Neutrality would kill Troma; and why Lloyd is skeptical that crowdfunding systems like Patreon have a role in crowdfunding independent movies. Check out Lloyd's movies on his YouTube channel!
Lloyd Kaufman is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. With producer Michael Herz, he is the co-founder of the Troma Entertainment film studio, and the director of many of their feature films, including The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet. Lloyd is also the creator of the Make Your Own Damn Movie! series. Having completed Make Your Own Damn Movie!, Direct Your Own Damn Movie! and Produce Your Own Damn Movie!, he is now working on Sell Your Own Damn Movie!.

Showrunner & Host Jamie King | Editor Riley Byrne Original Music David Triana | Web Production Eric Barch


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In this episode, we hang out with Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent, to discuss the origins of BitTorrent in the Mojo Nation project, why BitTorrent is still relevant given our increasingly low-cost bandwidth environment, how Big Content could have competed with Free, but chose not to - and the bumpy last years at Bram's company BitTorrent Inc., including a near-death foray into content licensing and production. And for those of you following cryptocurrencies: stop the press - Bram is starting his own bitcoin competitor.

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In this episode we meet Samer Hassan (@samerp2p) researcher in decentralized collaboration, activist and Berkman Center fellow. We discuss why the swarm is safer than the cloud, the new decentralized tools powering resistance movements, and how and why the centralization of online services is a threat to our freedom.
With a background in Social Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, Samer is passionate about how to build free/open source privacy-aware decentralized systems (e.g. blockchain) to facilitate collaborative communities and social movements. He led the technical team that built the backend-as-a-service for collaborative apps SwellRT; the app for collaborative communities Teem, used by a diversity of social collectives; and the real-time collaborative editor JetPad, which aims to provide a fully-fledged free/open source alternative to Google Docs, and which is privacy-aware and decentralized/federated.

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In this episode we meet Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay. We discuss how he survives under the huge (and growing) fines placed on him after The Pirate Bay trials in Sweden, and find out that all may not be what it seems in the world of pirate fines. We also learn why Peter got into an argument with Creative Commons founder Larry Lessig - and whether Trump could actually be a good thing for world politics; how 4Chan, Anonymous and Wikileaks became players on the political stage and how they function as new gatekeepers; how to survive in a world hitting 'peak information'; and finally we return to the thorny issue of how to get creators paid in the emerging media landscape. Will we need a Universal Basic Income? Or does this just equate to a return to class society?

Showrunner & Host Jamie King | Editor Riley Byrne Original Music David Triana | Web Production Erich Barch


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This episode is part two of our interview with Joe Matheny. Part one, The Digital Underground, covered Joe's experiences running The Grey Lodge, an early, underground private torrent tracker used by millions of people per month. Part two covers Joe's groundbreaking ARG & literary work, Ong's Hat, and its place in early internet culture, before we veer off into a discussion about how the 'fakelore' methods Joe used in the development of that work connect to the meme wars of today and the increasing political importance of memes (e.g. Kek, the 'alt-right' appropriation of Pepe The Frog.) We also discuss the very improbable connection (it really is) between Joe and Jamie, and how Joe became a patron of the show himself; PLUS, the potential for Kodi addons as a distribution point for indie creators. A lockfile with all the links mentioned in this episode is coming up for Patrons. Enjoy!

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In this episode, we connect with CEO of Storj.io, Shawn Wilkinson to discuss how BitTorrent-like swarms could be the future of online file storage. As well as beating services like Dropbox and Google Drive on price, Storj has built-in encryption that makes it impossible to snoop on files - plus its decentralized infrastructure makes it next to impossible to censor them or take them down. Sound familiar? Previous episodes on Zeronet, Yours Network, and the Distributed Library of Alexandria have proved that there's a new groundswell of interest in peer-to-peer content services that put control of content back in the hands of users. Storj is already available in beta form and ready to test out today. Could this be technology that kills Big Content's surveillance-ridden cloud? Tune in and find out! Check out Storj.io for more information on the startup.

Showrunner & Host Jamie King | Editor Riley Byrne Original Music David Triana | Web Production Siraje Amarniss


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This episode features journalist and writer Yasha Levine discussing some of the topics covered in his forthcoming book, Surveillance Valley. Yasha argues that the biggest threat to our privacy comes not directly from the government, but via the ubiquitous corporate platforms we all use every day - including Google, Facebook, eBay and others - and the 'data brokers' that buy and sell the most intimate information about our lives. Decentralisation, one of the big themes of this show, was supposed to make all our lives better - improving freedoms to express ourselves, to communicate and to organise. But Yasha argues that decentralisation never really happened, and that in fact, new incumbents have moved onto the free, open net and taken control. Bitcoin and Tor, says Yasha, aren't actually liberatory technologies, but conceal sophisticated operators, pulling strings behind the scenes. And in fact, he presents a compelling case that some of the tools we've been relying on to protect our privacy may actually be working to the specific agenda of the U.S Government's spy services.
Yasha recommends the following to explore the topics discussed in this show: From Counterculture to Cyberculture by Fred Turner IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black The Pentagon's Brain by Annie Jacobsen Part Two of United States of Secrets, PBS All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Adam Curtis

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This episode features LBRY's founder and CEO, Jeremy Kauffman. Jeremy introduces us to the soon-to-be-launched, blockchain-based, P2P content platform LBRY, and discusses the excitements, challenges and potential threats to liberty of running a completely decentralized, out-of-control platform. We take on a variety of topics: upstart 'shitcoins' and their similarities to currencies in the US before the Federal Reserve; whether the era of "too much information" is causing social instability - and if we need to rethink starting projects like LBRY as a consequence; the libertarian idea of 'free anarchy zones' and Jamie's idea for a Robot Slave Party; and whether Julian Assange's problems are mostly a result of Wikileaks' centralized information infrastructure.

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