Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which apparently it is Coventry’s turn in the barrel, and:
- [00:02:07] And Now This: Tourists in Rishikesh, India ignored quarantine to go wandering and were made to write “I did not follow the lockdown, I am sorry” 500 times on sheets of paper, Taiwanese baseball team the Rakuten Monkeys will have dressed-up robot mannequins in the stands to watch them play instead of crowds, people in the UK are burning down 5g masts because they think they cause coronavirus, and Stanford have made a toilet that identifies you based on your “analprint”…
- [00:09:15] News: the US restates that they’re not party to the Moon Treaty from 1979 which declares that no country owns space and “the United States does not view space as a global commons”, Apple and Google collaborate on a COVID-19 contact tracing system based on the DP3T protocol explained in comic form, and you can measure connectedness of geographic areas based on Facebook and use it to predict the spread of the virus…
- [00:20:44] Main discussion: the Internet Archive have recently initiated what they call the “national emergency library” and what a whole bunch of authors call “taking our books and letting people read them for free so we don’t get paid” (the IA’s side and an author’s side). Listeners with long memories will have seen this play out before in the Napster days, and maybe more recently with Sci-Hub and Open Access scientific papers as well. Where do you draw the line between access and copyright/ownership? Who’s in the right here?
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News music: [http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Robbero/59218](Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero), used with attribution.