In this episode, I met Emerson Brooking, a fellow at the Digital Forensics Lab and author of LikeWar, to take a deep dive into the topic of online disinformation. I put to Emerson my feelings that what people are calling the 'post-truth' world has in fact been in gestation long before the internet, and that a lot of the arguments about today's epistemic disorder come down to sour grapes over the apparition of new information incumbents capable of creating and distributing disorderly narratives, at scale. His responses surprised me.

If you're interested in digging deeper into this topic, you can check out the latest episode of my new documentary project, SCHISM, at youtube.com/SCHISM.


In this episode, we meet Alex Kehaya of VPN Orchid to discuss the company's radical new decentralized approach to improving privacy for internet users. As you'll hear, Orchid's model solves a lot of the problems associated with traditional models —  providing better anonymity and privacy, and reduced exposure to the honeypot problem that's always plagued centralized services.  This episode will be of great interest to anyone looking to augment their online privacy without relying on a single centralized service — and the potential for decentralization to improve our digital lives.


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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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As the dominance of networks like Facebook, YouTube and Netflix increase, more and more control is exerted over what gets posted and stays posted online. Decentralised content networks are in many ways an idea whose time has come, as issues like privacy and censorship become increasingly important to users - not to mention problems with unwanted advertising. The recently introduced YouTube Heroes program is a case in point, essentially putting a happy face on a mass flagging tool for video censorship. Yours is one of a number of startups setting out to address the problems of centralised content monopolies. This micropayments-based content sharing network lets users tip their favourite creators using Bitcoin, but also benefit by sharing in the earnings of successful creators. It's hotly anticipated in both the Bitcoin and decentralised content spaces, following founder Ryan X. Charles' viral post, 'Fix Reddit With Bitcoin'. A year after Ryan's idea of a decentralised, bitcoin-powered Reddit caught the attention of certain parts of the internet, we're getting near to launch. In this show, Jamie meets Ryan Charles and Steven McKie of Yours to place the project in the history of P2P efforts to help us regain control of our content online. In this 50 minute episode we discuss:
  • Digg and Reddit's early days, and how the legacy of Digg still haunts Reddit
  • Reddit's nascent plans to become decentralised and how they got shelved
  • How Jamie nearly made a billion dollars on Bitcoin, or says he did
  • Corruption on the Bitcoin subreddit, and how decentralisation could address moderators gone bad
  • Bitcoin-powered torrenting with Joystream ,and Jamie's idea for a ratio-less private tracker
  • The Yours.network concept: a content platform in which creators and reposters share in content payments.

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


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Executive Producers: Mark Zapalac

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