In this episode we meet Diani Barreto from the Berlin Bureau of ExposeFacs. Launched in June 2014, 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.

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

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In this episode we meet Mike Bonanno, aka Igor Vamos, one half of the dynamic, culture jamming activist duo The Yes Men. To date, they've produced three films: The Yes Men (2003), The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) and The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014). In these films, they impersonate entities that they dislike, a practice that they call "identity correction". In reality The Yes Men are maybe the original mass media trolls,  having successfully flummoxed the BBC, Chamber of Commerce, and even George W. Bush. But it's trickery for good causes, from raising awareness around the Bhopals disaster to global warming. After a news roundup from Jamie (AT&T/Time Warner merger, Pirate Party showing in Iceland elections, and copyright lobbies going after core Internet infrastructure) the episode explores the increasing power of media activists and the capacity figures like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have to affect the political stage. It's a  bumper episode of STEAL THIS SHOW, weighing in at about 1hr 15mins. Some fun topics:
  • The origins of The Yes Men in a bizarre, pornographic, surrealist piece of videogame sabotage;
  • The Yes Men's dubious claim to be the internet's Original Trolls.;
  • Trolling George W. Bush as a claim to fame;
  • How to knock billions of dollars off  Fortune 100 company;
  • The perils of liberating porn, and why you just do not (ahem) fuck with Big Porno;
  • What it's like to visit Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy.

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

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