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The Grey Lodge was an underground private torrent tracker used by millions of people per month in their quest to uncover the esoteric, strange and the downright weird. In this episode we hear from Joe Matheny, one of the founders of the site, about how it kicked off in the very early days of BitTorrent, online culture in the early days of the Internet, proto-copyright trolls, how even weirdos eventually get pursued by the MPAA, and how the demise of indie trackers from Grey Lodge to What.CD mean a net loss for our culture. Coming soon: the second part of this interview, in which Joe discusses his work as an early creator of "this is not a game" ARG experiences and his well-known work Ong's Hat, The Incunabula Papers. We'll be making that available for supporters on the Patreon (and maybe more widely) in due course. In the meantime, if you're curious to take a look at some of Joe's work, he's been kind enough to give us a free pack including Ong's Hat and some samples from his ARG! Enjoy.

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


Presented by TorrentFreak | Sponsored by Private Internet Access

Executive Producers: Mark Zapalac

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In this episode we're joined by Devon Read and Ryan Taylor, co-founders of peer-to-peer upstart The Decentalized Library Of Alexandria. After discussing the blockbuster hack of Amazon's Fire TV stick, the increasing power of pirate movie release groups, and doomy announcements from China's 3DM cracking group about the future for cracked games, we take a deep dive into the Alexandria project, which sees its mission as providing an censorship-proof safe haven for indie creators and "truth speech" alike – although, as we discover, pirates may well be able to hitch a ride.
 

Produced & Hosted by Jamie King

Edited & Mixed by  Eric Bouthiller

Original Music by  David Triana

Web Production by  Siraje Amarniss


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