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We join founders, CEOs, and thought leaders for a weekly dose of commentary on technology, privacy, human rights, and Internet freedom in the digital age. Hosted by Derek E. Silva

We join founders, CEOs, and thought leaders for a weekly dose of commentary on technology, privacy, human rights, and Internet freedom in the digital age. Hosted by Derek E. Silva


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We join founders, CEOs, and thought leaders for a weekly dose of commentary on technology, privacy, human rights, and Internet freedom in the digital age. Hosted by Derek E. Silva




Military Intelligence, Code Breaking, and Cyber Security Factors with Stephen Semmelroth

We are joined by Avant Communications' Cyber VP, Stephen Semmelroth, a world-class security expert. In the Army, Stephen served in Afghanistan and the Army's Cyber Corps, where he led a team of cyberspace experts to defend US assets across an entire continent. Additionally, he co-authored the training doctrine that defines how cyber units defend the US. In Afghanistan, Stephen broke his back, leaving him paralyzed, and he had to relearn how to walk. In this fascinating discussion, we discuss...


Digital Sovereignty and the Future of the Internet with Seth for Privacy

This week Derek E. Silva joins Seth for Privacy, an educator and activist who hosts the Opt Out podcast. In this episode, we discuss data protection and sovereignty in the digital economy, why privacy matters, and we explore open source tools to support Internet freedom.


Building a Decentralized Workforce for a Sustainable Future with John Paller

This week host Derek E. Silva joins John Paller, Founder and Steward of Opolis, a digital employment cooperative. John is also the founder of ETHDenver, the largest Ethereum hackathon in the world. We take a deep dive into how Opolis is building a next generation ecosystem, democratizing employment, and the future of HR tech.


Personal AI and Building a Digital Version of Your Mind with Suman Kunaganti

This week host Derek E. Silva joins Suman Kunaganti, co-founder and CEO of, a new collaboration network that enables a creators community to access creators time, knowledge, and creativity via their own personal ai. A great conversation on AI in Web3, reimagining the creator economy, and building a digital version of your mind with a private memory stack.


Growth Marketing Hacks and How to Build a Community with Ty Smith, CEO of Coinbound

This week host Derek E. Silva joins Ty Smith, founder and CEO of Coinbound, a leading crypto marketing agency helping Web3 brands go viral. A great conversation on the best growth marketing hacks, how to build a community online, and the future of NFTs.


Building Trust Through Digital Privacy with Vuk Janosevic

This week host Derek E. Silva joins Vuk Janosevic, the co-founder and CEO of Blindnet. This privacy startup builds software designed to help businesses pursue their goals while keeping their customer's data private. We take a deep dive into automated privacy intelligence, dynamic data governance, and building trust through digital privacy,


Edge Computing and IoT cybersecurity risks with Sanjay Rajashekar

This week host Derek E. Silva joins Sanjay Rajashekar, the Co-founder of Smarthub AI, which is a software edge solution that simplifies your complex edge infrastructure and makes it way more intelligent. We take a deep dive into IT solutions for complex digital infrastructures, understanding IoT cybersecurity risks, and why edge computing is key to a decentralized future.

Building the New Framework for the Internet with Max Howell, CEO of Tea

This week host Derek E. Silva joins Max Howell, Creator of Brew and current CEO of Tea, an open source solution building a new framework for the Internet. We take a deep dive into his early days at Apple, the open source revolution, and how tea is creating the tools that developers need to keep on building.


Token Economy and Data Driven Farming in Portugal with Shermin Voshmgir

This week host Derek E. Silva joins author Shermin Voshmgir, the Founder of the BlockchainHub Berlin and Token Kitchen, a data-driven farming and publishing house. We take a deep dive into Shermin’s book Token Economy, how Web3 is rebuilding the Internet, and her new farm in Portugal using the blockchain.


Open Source Democracy and Building a Decentralized Web with Evan Miyazono

This week host Derek E. Silva joins Evan Miyazono, Team Lead for Research at Protocol Labs, an open-source R&D lab that builds protocols, tools, and services to radically improve the internet. Dive in as we explore the blockchain dichotomy,, how IPFS powers the distributed web, defending digital democracy, and building the next generation of the Internet.


Privacy, Data Sovereignty, and the Web3 Ecosystem with Greg Osuri and Tor Bair

This week's encore podcast episode features an exclusive talk from Priv8's digital summit. Tech journalist Benjamin Powers moderates a distinguished panel featuring CEO of Akash Network, Greg Osuri, Founder of the Secret Foundation, Tor Bair, and more to discuss Web3, ecosystem data sovereignty, and the decentralized future!


Digital Music Revolution and the Decentralized Future with Roneil Rumburg

This week host Derek E. Silva joins Roneil Rumburg, Co-Founder and CEO of Audius, a fully decentralized music and NFT platform. Today, we take a deep dive into the decentralized future to talk about the new creator economy, the digital music revolution, and how Audius is putting ownership in the hands of artists and fans.


How Google Search Has Changed the Internet with Brandon Leibowitz

This week host Derek E. Silva joins Brandon Leibowitz, the Founder of SEO Optimizers, a full service digital marketing agency. We dive into how Google search really works, keyword optimization, and how it has shaped the Internet.


Future of Encryption and Password Security with Bojan Simic, CEO of HYPR

This week Derek E. Silva joins Bojan Simic, Co-founder, CEO and CTO of HYPR, is a global leader in cybersecurity that provides passwordless authentication for users. We dive into building a zero trust environment, why encryption matters, and the future of password security.


Building Digital Trust and Data Transparency Online with Harvey Pitt

This week Derek E. Silva joins Harvey Pitt, Head of Digital Responsibility at Addvert, which provides a unique suite of strategy, tools, accreditation, and creativity, helping companies communicate online. We dive into humanizing a digital world, how to rebuild trust online, and the social shift to more positive, transparent advertising.


Future of Internet Anonymity and Blockchain Domains with Bradley Kam, Co-Founder of Unstoppable Domains

This week host Derek E. Silva joins Bradley Kam, Co-founder of Unstoppable Domains, which is building decentralized digital identities for the world. We go down the rabbit hole to dive into Bradley’s early days in crypto, Facebook’s data monopoly, how to stay anonymous on the blockchain, and the future of NFT domains.


Future of Open Source and the New Data Economy with Danny Zuckerman

This week Derek E. Silva joins Danny Zuckerman, Co-founder of 3Box, the company behind the Ceramic Network, a decentralized, open-source platform for creating, hosting, and sharing streams of data. We take a deep dive into building a more open Web3, the new data economy, and the future of decentralized identity.


Blockchain Security and the Hacker Ethos with Goncalo Sa, co-founder of Consensys Diligence

This week host Derek E. Silva joins Web3 hacker Goncalo Sa, co-founder of Consensys Diligence, a smart contract audit service that helps everyone, from startups to enterprises, launch and maintain their Ethereum blockchain applications. We dive into Goncalo’s early days as a developer, the current state of blockchain security, why ethical hacking is so important, and Portugal’s vibrant tech startup scene.


Special 100th Episode: Decentralized Future with Dr. Steven Waterhouse and Jay Freeman

This week we're proud to present the 100th episode of Priv8. To celebrate this milestone, host Derek E. Silva joins two special guests – Orchid's CEO, Dr. Steven Waterhouse (Seven), and CTO Jay Freeman. Together, Seven and Jay discuss how Orchid has evolved over the last five years, its crypto's punk ethos, central bank digital currencies, Internet freedom, and more.


Art Curation and Diversity in the New Creator Economy with Iris Nevins

This week we join Iris Nevins, co-founder of Umba Daima, an NFT Studio building and curating community in Web3. Umba Daima creates virtual galleries featuring multicultural projects by artists worldwide, including the Black NFT Art network and The Unseen Gallery. Iris is a former teacher and software engineering manager at MailChimp. In today's conversation, we take a deep dive into her entrepreneurial journey to talk about the current state of the creator economy, the art of curation, and...