Steal This Show S02E04: Decentralize All The Things

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Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the latest file-sharing and copyright trends and news. In this episode we talk to Ryan X. Charles and Steven McKie of

stslogo180Yours is one of a number of startups setting out to address the problems of centralized 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 decentralized content spaces, following founder Ryan X. Charles‘ viral post, ‘Fix Reddit With Bitcoin‘.

A year after Ryan’s idea of a decentralized, bitcoin-powered Reddit caught the attention of certain parts of the internet, they’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. We discuss:

  • Digg and Reddit’s early days, and how the legacy of Digg still haunts Reddit
  • Reddit’s nascent plans to become decentralized 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 decentralization could address moderators gone bad
  • Bitcoin-powered torrenting with Joystream ,and Jamie’s idea for a ratio-less private tracker
  • The concept: a content platform in which creators and reposters share in content payments.

Steal This Show aims to release bi-weekly episodes featuring insiders discussing copyright and file-sharing news. It complements our regular reporting by adding more room for opinion, commentary and analysis.

The guests for our news discussions will vary and we’ll aim to introduce voices from different backgrounds and persuasions. In addition to news, STS will also produce features interviewing some of the great innovators and minds.

Host: Jamie King

Guest: Ryan X. Charles and Steven McKie

Produced by Jamie King
Edited & Mixed by Riley Byrne
Original Music by David Triana
Web Production by Siraje Amarniss


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