[Governance] Internet governance history podcast POWER PLAYS

Ayden Férdeline ayden at ferdeline.com
Wed May 26 19:24:19 EDT 2021

Dear all,

Apologies for the self-promotion here.

Last year I launched an Internet governance history podcast, [POWER PLAYS](https://www.powerplays.xyz), which has been interviewing the movers and shakers responsible for making/negotiating/contributing to key decisions that continue to impact the Internet's infrastructure and institutions.

I have personally enjoyed hearing and learning from the anecdotes and stories that these Internet pioneers have to offer. And I think you might too. Here are links to the most recent conversations I've had:

- Esther Dyson, who chaired the ICANN Board from 1998 to 2000, and who Wired described as the most powerful woman in computing, on why she thinks ICANN has become a "protection racket": https://www.powerplays.xyz/podcast/s1-e8

- Richard Hill, who spent a decade with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) dealing with numbering and tariffing issues, network operations, and economic and policy issues, on why he is not convinced the ITU can reinvent itself to stay relevant: https://www.powerplays.xyz/podcast/s1-e7

- Sarah Deutsch, who was a negotiator in the negotiations that led to the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, on whether she thinks the DCMA is fit for purpose today: https://www.powerplays.xyz/podcast/s1-e6

- Mance Harmon, the chief executive at Hedera Hashgraph, on how distributed ledger technologies have evolved over time — and why he is skeptical about Bitcoin: https://www.powerplays.xyz/podcast/s1-e5

- Marilyn Cade, a long-time AT&T lobbyist who was instrumental in developing formal governance mechanisms for the Internet's Domain Name System, spoke to me about her professional accomplishments, leadership style, and hopes for the future just a few weeks before her death: https://www.powerplays.xyz/podcast/s1-e4

- Clara Tsao, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council who previously served as the Senior Advisor for Emerging Technology at the United States Department of Homeland Security, on who is spreading mis- and dis- information: https://www.powerplays.xyz/podcast/s1-e3

- Stephanie Perrin, who led the drafting initiative that resulted in Canada's first piece of privacy legislation to cover the private sector, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, tells the story behind the development of that law: https://www.powerplays.xyz/podcast/s1-e2

- Erika Mann, who represented Germany in the European Parliament from 1994 to 2009, was the rapporteur behind the European Union's eCommerce Directive. This directive is still in force as the legal framework for online services in the European Union's internal market. We speak about how fit for purpose this directive is today: https://www.powerplays.xyz/podcast/s1-e1

You can also find the podcast on [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/power-plays/id1521285039), [Spotify](https://open.spotify.com/show/2wnwefldHYZHoXKQdck8Gm), and all major listening apps.

Finally, if you know of someone who would make a great interview subject, please consider completing this [super short form](https://airtable.com/shrIcuDu0fI1T4KZP) to add their details to my bank of potential guests. Self-nominations are also welcome. Thank you so much!

Best wishes,

Ayden Férdeline
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