Dangerous Curves July 13, 2006

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The internet is creating a culture and society of its own, which like any culture, is completely mysterious to those outside it. Yes, we are all strangers to each other.

Check out the Neilsen/Netratings report about podcast usage [pdf]. Or, if you’re really bored, spend a minute or several browsing YouTube or Google Videos.

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Net Neutrality July 6, 2006

As the internet becomes more of a utility, can it be treated like a commodity or does it need protection? Which freedom is more important - personal freedom or the free market?

If you’re looking for more information on Sen. Ted Stevens’ take on the internet, check out this Wired post.

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In my secret life June 8, 2006

New technologies are blurring the line between public and private discourse. In this episode I talk about the tension between too much information and the “pull” nature of the internet.

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Alternative Licenses - the Opposite of DRM May 26, 2006

If DRM is doomed, what’s an artist to do? Try licensing your work.

Check out the Creative Commons licensing scheme or wikipedia’s definition of “copyleft“.

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Give Your Big Brother a Hug May 12, 2006

In the face of new revelations that the US National Security Agency had a huge database of average citizens’ phone records, the relationship between techology and privacy is getting press. But is it already too late?

Check out discussion at Slashdot about this issue, and a great conversation from Public Radio International including an interview with SF author William Gibson.

If you’re so inclined, you can donate to the EFF at their website.

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Electricity and Computers May 5, 2006

Why haven’t the green revolution, the government, or the free market been able to control electricity consumption? The answer is the power hungry device that you’re reading this post on. Find out what you can do to save money and save the world.

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This Year In Tech April 30, 2006

Along with guest host Steven Ensslen, I talk about the last 12 months in tech news. We talk about the rising cost of oil and its effect on technology, the much-ballyhooed Web 2.0 and more about DRM.

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Bits is bits April 20, 2006

Information wants to be free? No, but if you can’t own something it’s hard to sell it. A follow-up to the last podcast about DRM.

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Digital Rights Management April 7, 2006

What’s the big deal about digital rights management? And why can’t I play my DVD movies on my iPod?

The wikipedia entry for digital rights management.

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