The World on a Wire Show is my podcast that explores the social history of computing. All episodes and their transcripts are linked below. The show is also available for listening through various podcatcher services; it is currently hosted on Podbean and there is an RSS feed available.
Today internet social media platforms are a big business built on using our own data to manipulate our behavior. But it wasn't always this way. The social internet has a lesser-known non-corporate past, and many alternative futures.
What does privacy mean on the internet? What needs protecting, and from whom? In June 2019 these questions threatened to upend an encryption scheme relied upon by human rights activists and corporations alike.
Some numbers are works of art, and some are illegal.