Four new spring quarter shows posted

Published on June 9, 2008

In the hot days of summer, when minds drift to vacations, key lime pie and the Yankees attempting to stay in playoff contention (ok, the latter two may apply to me more specifically), what better way to keep in touch with the world of technology and intellectual property law then sitting in a lounge chair, at the beach, with a rum and coke, and listening to Hearsay Culture podcasts?

Well, I’m here to provide, thanks to some wonderful authors. I am thrilled to post four new shows today.

The first is Show #64, my interview with Dan (Danny) Breznitz, Assistant Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, author of Innovation and the State. Dan’s book recently won the Don K. Price Award awarded by the American Political Science Association for the Best Book on Science and Technology, and focuses on the innovation policies of three growing economies: Israel, Ireland and Taiwan. In the interview, we discuss, among other topics, the policies of these three nations, the politics involved and how innovation policy can and is developed in growing and emerging economies. I greatly enjoyed the interview and Dan’s book.

Show #65 is my interview with Alex Wright, author of Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages. Alex’s book traces the history of information science and weaves together a lot of information (appropriately) to create a narrative showing the growth of libraries, access to information and how information is organized. Alex’s book is eminently readable and the interview went very well!

Show #66 is my interview with Matt Mason, author of The Pirate’s Dilemma. Matt’s book focuses on the role of the (intellectual property and commercial) pirate in digital society. From discussion of Sealand’s pirate radio to the ethics of piracy, Matt’s book takes an untraditional look at an untraditional trade. A fun read and interview!

Finally, Show #67 is my interview with Prof. Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School, author of The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It. Jonathan’s book, which has gotten quite a bit of media attention already, examines technology policy as it exists today and makes various policy prescriptions for how to develop and/or maintain an Internet that respects the often divergent interests of the many entities involved in its creation and operation. Jonathan is one of the leading thinkers on technology policy and I greatly enjoyed the interview!

Through the rest of June, KZSU’s interim period, Hearsay Culture will be on hiatus. But I’m busy booking the next quarter’s guests and recording interviews, and as always, welcome your suggestions. Thanks again for listening and spreading the word (which, I might add, is my primary and only official mode of promotion of the show).