Silk Road and the Trial for Internet Freedom

Traces of Reality
January 27, 2015


“Silk Road and the Trial for Internet Freedom” with Derrick Broze

On this edition of Demanufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Derrick Broze, an activist, community organizer, and independent journalist. Derrick has just returned from a week in New York covering the federal trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged “Dread Pirate Roberts” and mastermind behind the Silk Road marketplace on the Deep Web.

We discuss the trial’s jaw-dropping revelations so far, including Ulbricht admission that he created the Silk Road as an “economic experiment.” Derrick outlines the government’s case against Ulbricht, how the defense has countered, and the likelihood of his conviction or acquittal.

More importantly, we discuss the philosophy of the Silk Road, and the merger of internet anonymization technology and crypocurrency as a way of circumventing the state’s unjust laws. Are operations like the Silk Road a legitimate threat to the establishment? Should Ross Ulbricht be freed? What will a conviction in this case mean for the future of internet freedom?

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