Jan 24 2012
Unless you were hiding under a rock the last few weeks you’ve probably heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Protect IP Act (PIPA) and their even more evil brother Anti-counterfiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Many sites went dark last week, including Securosis, in protest and SOPA/PIPA were at least stalemated for the moment, if not entirely defeated. And since it’s a big story, we decided to discuss it at great length, probably saying many things that have been said by much smarter people than us. At least we hope it’s the smart people we’re agreeing with.
Zach was unavailable tonight, so we had to pull in two special guests in order to replace him. First off, Rich’s partner in crime at Securosis, Adrian Lane, joins us. Second, we’re joined by Liquid Matrix author and friend of the show, Jamie Arlen, aka @myrcurial. Jamie brings a little bit of an outsider’s viewpoint to the conversation as he’s not native to the Phoenix area and comes to us from north of the border.
No real show notes tonight, if you’re intersted in learning more about SOPA/PIPA/ACTA, do a little Googling. Or just go to the Electronic Frontier Foundations web site.
Tonight’s music: Signs are Signs by The Midnight Hour