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Bill C-10 is a proposed amendment to the Canadian Broadcasting Act, introduced on November 3, 2020 by Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault during the second session of the 43rd Canadian Parliament. The bill seeks to amend the Broadcasting Act to account for the increased prominence of internet video and digital media, by adding undertakings that conduct "broadcasting" over the internet to the regulatory scope of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Bill C-10 has faced criticism for granting a large amount of power to the CRTC, who are unelected regulators and receive very little guidance from Parliament or the government. Its unclear applicability to user-generated content on social media services has also faced concerns that it infringes freedom of expression. 
What goes into making a social media app? What kind of planning does it require? Today, we are discussing product management and taking a deep dive into our brand new self-sovereign messaging app Manyone. To discuss this, we’ve invited Geoff Glave, Co-Founder of Manyone, and Chief Product Decentralist.Geoff has over 25 years of experience in product management, shaping visions from inception to real world products that bring value to individuals and enterprises. Geoff believes that the Internet is meant to be a decentralized peer-to-peer platform made up of self-sovereign users. In the premiere episode of Season 2, Geoff Glave tells us how Manyone will make this happen.
What is the biggest threat to independent journalism both in Canada and internationally? We discuss this question and more with the executive director and spokesperson for the watchdog group, FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, Daniel Bernhard. FRIENDS conducts leading-edge policy and opinion research on issues affecting Canadian media and related issues. This research demonstrates that millions of citizens care deeply about the future of Canadian media, journalism, and programming. Unfortunately, as social media continues to dominate how Canadians access news, independent journalism is threatened. In this episode, we ask Daniel:How are data and journalism being weaponized by bad actors? Why isn’t social media doing more to fact check the news? Should we rely on governments to “fix” social media?We answer these questions and more on the best Decentralists episode yet!
Palantir, Clearview A.I., NSO Group, maker of the infamous Pegasus spyware, Anomaly 6 and Zignal are a few examples of private companies that offer to spy on anyone for a price.  Anomaly 6, a mobile phone spyware solution set up by 2 former NSA military intelligence officers, can track roughly 3 billion devices in real time, equivalent to a fifth of the world’s population. Zignal Labs, a social media monitoring firm that leverages its access to Twitter’s rarely granted “firehose” data stream to sift through hundreds of millions of tweets per day without restriction.With their powers combined, A6 proposed, Zignal’s corporate and governmental clients could not only surveil global social media activity, but also determine who exactly sent certain tweets, where they sent them from, who they were with, where they’d been previously, and where they went next. This enormously augmented capability would be an obvious boon to both regimes keeping tabs on their global adversaries and companies keeping tabs on their employees. These firms represent a burgeoning new private military-grade surveillance industry and it is targeted at us!Is this the beginning of surveillance on demand? What can we do to prevent this type of surveillance from happening? Join the Decentralists this week and find out why hacking tools are available to the highest bidder and how anyone can hire their own Private Spy...for a price.
As reported by the BBC, Affinity Credit Union in Iowa has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple regarding its ‘closed’ payment system, Apple Pay.The complaint alleges that Apple prevents consumers from using competing mobile wallets capable of offering competing tap and pay solutions. Affinity claims Apple charges banks and credit unions at least $1 billion in excess fees annually for the privilege of using Apple Pay. Is this surprising behaviour from Apple? Will Apple ever open its iOS ecosystem? Join The Decentralists as we discuss recipes for good ol’ American Apple Pay.
The largest data breach in history just occurred in China. According to Reuters the "Databases contain information on one billion Chinese national residents and several billion case records, including: name, address, birthplace, national ID number, mobile number, all crime/case details.”Apparently, the hacker “China Dan” is willing to sell the database for the relatively low sum of $200,000. At that price, many people and numerous governments could very soon own information on nearly every person in China.State censorship is working overtime to remove all mentions of the hack from the Chinese Internet, and the government is warning people and business to pay more attention to security. Is this hack legitimate? What happens next? What will China do? There’s lots to discuss on this week’s episode of The Decentralists!
As we mused back in April on The Musk Stops Here, Elon Musk has not followed through on his promise to buy Twitter. Three months later, Musk has rescinded his purchase offer for the agreed upon $44 billion. Musk and Twitter are gearing up for a colossal legal battle in the Chancery Court of Delaware.What happened? Can Elon just change his mind like a pair of socks? What about the fallout for shareholders of Twitter and Tesla? We have lots to unpack regarding the latest Musk drama on this week's episode of The Decentralists.
research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub and public forum. Our special guest is Yuliya Panfil, a senior fellow and director of New America’s Future of Land and Housing program.Two billion people—over a quarter of the world’s population—lack a fundamental human right: the right to property. This isn’t solely a problem in the developing world; nearly five million Americans lose their homes through eviction and mortgage foreclosure every year.How can decentralized technology help document HLP claims, and could this reduce future conflicts? Join the Decentralists with special guest Yuliya Panfil to find out.
To paraphrase Jonathan Haight from his recent article in the Atlantic, WHY THE PAST 10 YEARS OF AMERICAN LIFE HAVE BEEN UNIQUELY STUPID, the proverbial tower of Babel has fallen and we barely noticed. Social Media has fragmented our societies, effected our mental health, and undermined our democracies.The switch to an algorithm-based advertising model and the billions of daily ‘likes’ and ‘retweets’ have caused the collapse of our previously fairly civil society in just ten short years.On this episode, the Decentralists discuss Johnathan Haight’s undeniable evidence that social media is responsible for the decline of our society and democracy since 2012. However, we believe there’s a solution: Decentralization.
Do you see what I see?

Do you see what I see?


Human-rights rights group Global Witness recently revealed that Facebook pushes climate sceptics towards increasingly extreme disinformation and conspiracy groups. The researchers created two users - climate sceptic "Jane", and "John" who followed established scientific information. They then tracked what Facebook's algorithm suggested to both accounts.Jane soon saw content denying man-made climate change, including pages calling it a "hoax" and attacking measures to mitigate its effects. Meanwhile, John's account began by liking the page of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations scientific body. In stark contrast to Jane, John was consistently shown reliable science-based content.Why are algorithms so important to Social Media companies? Is there anyone in control of them?On this episode, the Decentralists discuss the yin & yang of algorithms including why they are so powerful and important for both social media companies and users.
Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps are increasingly popular in countries like Russia and China. Clearly there are millions interested in circumventing their government’s efforts to censor and control free speech on the Internet. This is certainly admirable, but at what cost?The Internet is actually surprisingly easy to filter and block, so censoring citizens is a breeze. We see the truth regarding the unjust war in Ukraine, yet Russian newsfeeds present a completely different story to every person connected in Russia.  Why is it so easy to filter and block the Internet, and are VPNs a safe way to avoid cyber censorship? Join The Decentralists this week to find out.
Last week Elon Musk purchased 9% of Twitter’s stock for $3 billion. This makes him the company’s largest single shareholder. Then he announced his intention to take a seat on Twitter’s board of directors - and then he changed his mind. Electric cars, satellites, hyperloops, rockets, and now Elon Musk can count social media as one of his expensive hobbies. What does this mean for the future of Twitter and social media in general?Why does Elon Musk want to own Twitter? Join us this week as The Decentralists try to understand his motivation to control what manybelieve is the world’s most powerful social media network.
The EU has recently proposed a new law to increase competition in cyberspace. Called the "Digital Markets Act" or "DMA", it applies to the world’s largest tech companies providing what are called "core platform services", such as social networks and search engines. Companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter and even that darling of Europe, Spotify.While the EU has pretty strict privacy laws, their enforcement and fines have been pretty toothless. In many cases companies like Facebook have simply paid the fines with money they've found under their lunchroom couch cushions and just carried on.This new law proposes sanctions that are far more painful. Fines as high as 10% of global annual sales, or even 20% for repeat offenders.The DMA sounds great on paper but could it actually pass, or even impact Internet users in North America? The DMA is a big deal, and The Decentralists explain why in this episode.
Incredibly and unjustifiably, Ukraine is being destroyed by Russian soldiers, artillery and tanks that look more like a 1942 newsreel than a 2022 newsfeed. However, today both sides are also armed with instant messaging and social media.Please join us as Mike & Henry discuss Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s mastery of digital media, Vladimir Putin’s reaction, and how this affects the ten million displaced Ukrainians and global perceptions.Is there hope for the millions of brand-new refugees who’ve lost absolutely everything? The Decentralists believe that cutting-edge technology and mobile phones can create a digital resurrection for refugees and help them reclaim their Home, Land & Property (HLP).
This week on The Decentralists we have a very special guest: Dr. Victoria Lemieux, Associate Professor of Archival Science, and Founder of the Blockchain Faculty at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Vicki’s research is focused the availability of trustworthy records. In particular, blockchain record keeping systems, and how these risks impact transparency, financial stability, public accountability and even human rights.Join us as The Decentralists discuss Data Unions with Dr. Lemieux and learn what they really are, and why they’re such an important component of the blockchain ecosystem.
Who knew a 15 second video of someone doing a goofy dance move would be such a popular way to ‘get social’ online? From these humble beginnings, TikTok has grown into a a bona-fide global social media phenomenon. To put the TikTok phenomenon in perspective, TikTok got more Internet traffic than Google in 2021 and Google handles almost every Internet search!But this success comes at a very high price.How can any social media company like TikTok or the ‘next TikTok’ even consider getting into a business where moderation is a necessity for every post? Join the Decentralists this week as we talk TikTok
The Chinese government has been getting tough with Tech lately, especially Chinese tech firms. Starting with the effective neutering of Alibaba founder Jack Ma a few years back, the Chinese government has been putting increased regulations in place and issuing vague guidelines in an effort to assert more control over the population.Kids are limited in how much time they are allowed to play on-line games like Fortnite, social media companies need to ensure nothing is said against the Communist Party and online tutoring companies have even bid forbidden to make money! The Chinese Uber, Didi is even being forced to de-list from the NASDAQ just a few months after their much anticipated Public listing just to get their App back in the App Store.Government intervention in China has lost Chinese tech companies and their investors over $1 Trillion.In one of the most dangerous moves yet, recently, the government announced that they were stepping in to take control of the mobile app approval and listing process for Tencent.Join us as the Decentralists talk about the 'other' Great Wall of China!
We have been ringing alarm bells about invasive surveillance technologies like facial recognition and electronic surveillance in multiple blog posts and podcast episodes over the years. Two of the biggest offenders, Clearview AI and NSO Group have come under a lot of fire recently and are getting banned and sued as a result.Clearview AI and NSO Group’s technology was allegedly built to enable legitimate law-enforcement and government to do their jobs, what happened?Should hackers be allowed to create private companies out of their technology and market to the highest bidder?Join us on this episode of The Decentralists as we discuss hacker technology and how our governments and law enforcement makes them legit.
To open Season 4 of The Decentralists we are joined by a very special guest, Dr. Agnieszka Rychwalska, Assistant Professor of Psychology and researcher at the Center for Complex Systems and New Technologies at The Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies at the University of Warsaw. Among other things, Dr. Rychwalska studies the application of complex systems in psychological and social processes (modelling and analysis of social networks, experimental study of social impact mechanisms, analysis of large data sets from social networks mediated by new technologies), in particular to study the impact of new information technologies on social processes. Data accumulation by a few global actors, surveillance capitalism and manipulation of public opinion – all leading to greater social inequalities – are, in a way, a result of the fact that individuals share so much about themselves online. Is this a result of some unchangeable human trait? Or is Big Tech, forcing their users to divulge too much about themselves in order to make money from advertising? Why do people seem so willing to share so much of their identity online, especially on social media platforms? What are the dangers of creating multiple identity profiles online in order to be social with friends and family? Join us this week for part one of a discussion about the psychology of identity and why it is important for all of us to understand who we are and how we identify ourselves online.
2021 was a good year but also a bad year for cryptocurrencies.On January 1st 2021, Bitcoin was trading for approximately USD $29000 per coin and its value has more than doubled over the year reaching USD $66000 at one point. Bitcoin’s largest ‘competitor’ , Ethereum, has been on an even better run in ’21 starting the year at USD $737 per token and hitting a high of USD $4800 - a 6.5x increase.These types of returns would make any investment manager blush yet crypto still struggles to go mainstream, why?Join the Decentralists as we explain why cryptocurrencies could be a risk for everyone!
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