By Jerry Brito
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Surprisingly Free is a weekly podcast from the Technology Policy Program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Hosted by Jerry Brito, the show features in-depth one-on-one discussions with an eclectic mix of authors, professors, entrepreneurs, and other thinkers and doers at the intersection of technology, policy, and economics.
||Ladar Levison on Lavabit||Ladar Levison, founder of encrypted email service Lavabit, discusses recent government action that led him to shut down his firm. When it was suspected that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden used Lavabit's email service,||4 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gina Keating on netflix||Gina Keating, author of Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs, discusses the startup of Netflix and their competition with Blockbuster.||21 5 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Timothy Ravich on drones||Timothy Ravich, a board certified aviation lawyer in private practice and an adjunct professor of law at the Florida International University School of Law and the University of Miami School of Law, discusses the future of unmanned aerial system (UAS),||14 5 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||W. Patrick McCray on visioneers||W. Patrick McCray, author of The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future, tells the story of these modern utopians who predicted that their technologies could transform society as hum...||7 5 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alex Tabarrok on innovation||Alex Tabarrok, author of the ebook Launching The Innovation Renaissance: A New Path to Bring Smart Ideas to Market Fast discusses America's declining growth rate in total factor productivity, what this means for the future of innovation,||30 4 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Heald on the public domain||Paul J. Heald, professor of law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, discusses his new book "Do Bad Things Happen When Works Enter the Public Domain? Empirical Tests of Copyright Term Extension." -||23 4 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Marc Hochstein on bitcoin||Marc Hochstein, Executive Editor of American Banker, a leading media outlet covering the banking and financial services community, discusses bitcoin.||16 4 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Andy Greenberg on WikiLeaks and cypherpunks||Andy Greenberg, technology writer for Forbes and author of the new book This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information, discusses the rise of the cypherpunk movement, how it led to Wikileaks,||9 4 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Joshua Gans on the economics of information||Joshua Gans, professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and author of the new book Information Wants to be Shared, discusses modern media economics, including how books, movies, music,||2 4 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sean Flaim on the private enforcement of copyrights||Sean Flaim, an attorney focusing on antitrust, intellectual property, cyberlaw, and privacy, discusses his new paper "Copyright Conspiracy: How the New Copyright Alert System May Violate the Sherman Act," recently published in the New York University J...||26 3 13||Free||View In iTunes|