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What is Elon Musk Doing with Starlink?

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Episode 292
December 20, 2023
00:55:16
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Hosted by Dave Levine

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With his vast network of satellites operating under Starlink, Elon Musk has been able to influence and privatize digital communications, and even impact Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against Russian aggression.

Repeat Hearsay Culture guest U. Virginia Prof. Siva Vaidyanathan joins Hearsay Culture Radio to discuss his December 2023 The Nation article about Elon Musk and Starlink. What can we take from Musk’s ability to dictate the communication capabilities of Ukraine’s military? Along the way, we discuss his vision, goals, management style, and impact on world events, and revisit where “internet utopianism” led us. 

“Is it really up to one billionaire of a collection of billionaires?…[Musk] is part of a collection of billionaires who are thoroughly convinced that they know what is best for the years and decades ahead…It’s so authoritarian at its core.”- Siva Vaidhyanathan

“Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples.” -Rigoberta Menchú Tum

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Siva Vaidyanathan

Professor Siva Vaidyanathan is a leading scholar in media and journalism. His works focus on the intersection between media and technology, intellectual property, and American studies. Director of U. Va.'s Center for Media and Citizenship, he has published articles in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bloomberg View, IEEE Spectrum, American Scholar, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington Post, and The Nation. He is the author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy; Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction; and The Googlization of Everything -- and Why We Should Worry.
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DAVID LEVINE

Dave Levine is the founder and host of Hearsay Culture. He is a Professor at Elon University School of Law and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society (Stanford Law School). From 2014-2017, he was a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is also the co-author of Information Law, Governance, and Cybersecurity (West 2019). A regular contributor to Slate, Dave has been published in leading newspapers, websites, and academic journals in the US and EU.

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