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//Border_Lands is a show that seeks to uncover the complexities at the heart of technology and politics around the world by picking apart what we know about the Internet and what we don’t. Furthest away from consensus and the deafening roar of majority viewpoints, at the borders of conventional wisdom, we hope to ask new questions to see what comes to the surface.

This show will explore the fringes of political debate on free expression, online culture, human rights, current affairs and civic movements both in Scotland and across the globe. So whether it is the normalisation of surveillance, the rise of far right extremism, online free expression and the opaque systems of corporate and state control, we will seek to explore everything, not seeking answers, nor neat consensus; instead focusing on picking apart the complexities that underpin our modern world.

So welcome to Border Lands the place where debate resides under an assumed identity, hiding out from those who seek to shut it down. Nothing is what it seems, or perhaps everything is!

Oh, we will also play music, loosely connected to the issue of the day!

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12/09/2019 // This is (Y)0ur_Life

How is our relationship with the internet shaped by the choices made by a handful of tech entrepreneurs? This episode of //Border_Lands eschews our usual focus on tech or political developments to examine the people behind the tech. Silicon Valley has become the crucible in which industry leaders - our modern masters of industry - make their fortunes and shape democracy and society more broadly. Through the lives of two of its leading lights, Peter Thiel and Elon Musk we will pick apart the political beliefs, corporate decisions and policy moves behind companies like Palantir, SpaceX and Paypal to try to understand how the personal is made political is made technological. Technology has redefined how we live, shop, communicate, source information, wage wars, police our populations and track adversaries, but how much do we know about it, without dissecting the beliefs, motivations and ideals of the people behind the scenes. Tune in to find out more.

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Andrew Granato - How Peter Thiel and the Stanford Review Built a Silicon Valley Empire (Stanford Politics): https://stanfordpolitics.org/2017/11/27/peter-thiel-cover-story/

Peter Thiel - The Education of a Libertarian (Cato Institute): https://www.cato-unbound.org/2009/04/13/peter-thiel/education-libertarian

Sam Biddle - How Peter Thiel's Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World (The Intercept): https://theintercept.com/2017/02/22/how-peter-thiels-palantir-helped-the-nsa-spy-on-the-whole-world/

Ellen Mitchell - How Silicon Valley's Palantir wired Washington (Politico): https://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/palantir-defense-contracts-lobbyists-226969

Michal Lev-Ram - Palantir Connects the Dots With Big Data (Fortune): https://fortune.com/longform/palantir-big-data-analysis/

Taylor Hatmaker - New details emerge about Palantir’s custom software for spy agencies (TechCrunch): https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/22/palantir-xkeyscore-gchq-kite-intercept/

Caroline Haskins - ICE Just Renewed Its Contract With Palantir (Motherboard @ Vice): https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywadv7/ice-just-renewed-its-contract-with-palantir

George Joseph - Data Company Directly Powers Immigration Raids in Workplace (wNYC): https://www.wnyc.org/story/palantir-directly-powers-ice-workplace-raids-emails-show/

AUDIO: NSA Protest Interrupts Peter Thiel (PayPal Founder) Talk @ UC Berkeley - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO_9kzayO78

Peter Waldman, Lizette Chapman, and Jordan Robertson - Palantir Knows Everything About You (Bloomber Businessweek): https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2018-palantir-peter-thiel/

Mark Harris - How Peter Thiel's Secretive Data Company Pushed Into Policing (Wired): https://www.wired.com/story/how-peter-thiels-secretive-data-company-pushed-into-policing/

AUDIO: Palantir 101 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6OebM0dQ8g&t=1s

Renwei Chung - How Justice Scalia Broke PayPal Founder Peter Thiel’s Heart Long Ago (Above The Law): https://abovethelaw.com/2016/02/justice-scalia-might-have-broken-your-heart-on-valentines-day-but-he-broke-paypal-founder-peter-thiels-heart-long-ago/

AUDIO: Peter Thiel: I Suspect Palantir Thwarted a Terror Attack - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS060-4FkU8

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