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In this episode, we meet Ryan Shea, co-founder of Blockstack -- the bold, ambitious project to create a new, decentralised internet in which users own their data and keep control of how their apps run, not Big Content. We discuss why the internet needs re-decentralising, if and how to pull users away from reliance on monopoly platforms like Facebook and Google, and look at some of the interesting disruptions being caused by blockchain based currencies. Plus, Ryan and Jamie float a scheme for a blockchain-powered 'rare meme' economy - drop us a line if you want to get involved!

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


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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.

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


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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.

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


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This special episode of STEAL THIS SHOW features Benji Rogers of the direct-to-fan music platform, PledgeMusic. As we find out, Benji's an independent musician who founded his platform to offer artists a unique way to engage their fans and super fans, resulting in chart topping albums worldwide. In 2013, Benji was recognized on Billboard’s 40 Under 40 Power Players list and in 2014 at the MUSEXPO International Music Awards, he won Digital Executive of the Year. We discuss how Benji's early days with his band produced the idea for PledgeMusic; just how broken the traditional copyright system is for musicians; and Benji's big idea: to push music rights into the blockchain, creating a "Fair Trade" for musicians!

Produced & Hosted by Jamie King

Edited & Mixed by  Eric Bouthiller

Original Music by  David Triana

Web Production by  Siraje Amarniss


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