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On this week’s If Then, Slate’s April Glaser and Will Oremus talk about why everyone is freaking out about Bitcoin. And in the run up to Thursday’s critical net-neutrality decision from the Federal Communications Commission, the hosts speak with Columbia Law professor Tim Wu—who coined the term net neutrality—about why it’s so crucial to save it and what we might expect from legal challenges stemming from Thursday’s announcement.
Stories discussed on the show:
- Slate: “The L.A. Fires are Endangering Towns to the North With Smoke and Ash”
- Slate: “People Who Can’t Remember Their Bitcoin Passwords Are Really Freaking Out Now”
- Slate: “All the Ways the FCC’s Process for Killing Net Neutrality Has Been Really Shady”
- The New York Times: “Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality”
- Stratechery: “Pro Neutrality, Anti–Title II”
If Then’s “Don’t Close My Tabs” recommendations:
- TechCrunch: “Patreon’s New Service Fee Spurs Concerns That Creators will Lose Patrons”
- Slate: “Netflix Releases Rare Ratings Info to Mock Obsessive Fans of Its Own Movie”
Podcast production by Max Jacobs.
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If Then is presented by Slate and Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. To read more, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our weekly newsletter.