Episodes

December 03, 2021

Sponsor Special w/ Viktor Vecsei from IVPN

Wanting to find a solid VPN provider, but struggling to break through all of the marketing fluff and grandiose claims? This episode, we're sitting down with Viktor, a member of the IVPN team, the newest sponsor of Opt Out to discuss the ethos behind IVPN, their approach to providing privacy to users, and some of the history of IVPN.

November 29, 2021

A Bitcoiner's journey towards privacy w/ BitcoinQnA

Wondering what drives normal people to focus on FOSS? This episode, we're sitting down with QnA to chat about his journey towards privacy through Bitcoin and the impact of FOSS along the way.

November 13, 2021

Personal responsibility in privacy, FOSS funding models, and Bitcoin w/ Matt Odell

Wondering why FOSS and privacy have become such a focus for Matt Odell and Citadel Dispatch, or wanting to learn more about FOSS in general? This episode, we're sitting down with Matt Odell for a bit of a different show where we focus on listener questions around FOSS, privacy, FOSS community ethos, and his journey towards privacy.

October 31, 2021

Balancing privacy with mental health, plus second realms w/ j43

Wondering how to find the right balance of privacy and convenience, or struggling with the mental strain of a journey towards personal privacy? This episode, we're sitting down with j43 to chat about the mental strain that can be caused by a journey towards privacy, and a deeper look at parallel economies or "second realms".

October 18, 2021

Global surveillance, VPNs, and Tor w/ Smuggler

Wondering how global surveillance could realistically work, or how VPNs can play a role in your privacy? This episode, we're sitting down with Smuggler to chat about global surveillance, a realistic look at VPNs (and Tor!), and his journey as a cypherpunk.

October 05, 2021

Transitioning to Linux and CalyxOS w/ Chris Blec

Wondering what it's like to take the dive and switch to Linux and CalyxOS at once? How does the recent push for vaccine mandates impact our journey towards privacy? This episode, we're sitting down with Chris Blec to chat about his journey to Linux and CalyxOS, security and privacy in cryptocurrency, our thoughts on the privacy implications of vaccine mandates, and much more.

October 01, 2021

Coreboot, FOSS firmware, Pop_OS!, and System76 w/ Jeremy Soller

Have you been thinking about switching to Linux for your daily driver, or wondering what Coreboot or open-source firmware are? This episode, we're sitting down with Jeremy Soller to chat about System76, the company that makes my laptop (among others) and are behind Pop_OS!, a user-friendly Linux distribution.

September 19, 2021

Cryptoanarchy and freedom w/ Pavol Lupták

What is crypto-anarchy? How can I opt out if my country has become too authoritarian or dangerous to remain in? This episode, we're sitting down with Pavol Lupták to chat about what crypto-anarchy is and why permanent residencies can be a way to physically (and financially) opt out of broken systems.

September 15, 2021

Sponsor Special w/ Alex from LocalMonero and AgoraDesk

What's the best way to buy and sell Monero while maintaining personal privacy? This episode, we're sitting down with Alex, co-founder of LocalMonero, the newest sponsor of Opt Out.

September 15, 2021

Sponsor Special w/ Vik Sharma from Cake Wallet

Wondering what mobile Monero wallet I use and recommend and why I chose to take Cake Wallet on as a sponsor? This episode, we're sitting down with Vik Sharma, owner of Cake Wallet, the newest sponsor of Opt Out.

September 06, 2021

Decentralized and censorship-resistant messaging platforms w/ Sean O'Brien

Wondering what alternatives are available for Twitter or similar centralized and censored services? This episode, we're sitting down with Sean O'Brien to chat about the need for decentralized and censorship-resistant micro-blogging and short messaging platforms.

August 22, 2021

Parallel econonomies and "ethical Veksláks" w/ Juraj Bednar

Where does privacy fit in to opting out of a broken (or breaking) economy or society? How can we build parallel economies using privacy tools? This episode, we're sitting down Juraj Bednar to chat about his own personal privacy journey, how parallel economies can (and will!) work, and what role Bitcoin plays in building up a parallel economy around us.

August 09, 2021

PGP, Bitcoin, and Yunohost w/ Diverter

Ever wondered how you can easily self-host tools, or thought about hosting tools for friends or family to use? This episode, we're sitting down Diverter to chat about his favorite hosting solution, Yunohost, the importance of hosting tools for friends, family, and online communities as "Uncle Jim", and where Bitcoin fits into his toolkit.

July 27, 2021

Privacy by default, contributing to FOSS, and Monero w/ Justin Ehrenhofer

Wondering how you can contribute to FOSS projects without being able to code, or why privacy needs to be the default option in tools you use? This episode, we're sitting down with Justin Ehrenhofer to chat about contributing to FOSS projects as a non-dev, why privacy by default matters, and where Monero fits into his toolkit.

July 09, 2021

Threat models and the importance of open-source software w/ Nathan from TheNewOil

Wondering what the difference is between privacy, security, and anonymity and how the three intersect? How about what a threat model is and how to develop one for yourself? This episode, we're sitting down with Nathan from The New Oil to chat about threat modeling, the intersection of privacy, security, and anonymity, and how open-source software is central to opting out of surveillance.

June 27, 2021

Mobile OS privacy, drag-net surveillance, and cryptocurrency usage w/ Max Tannahill

Wanting to learn more about mobile privacy, but not sure where to start? This episode, we sat down with Max Tannahill to chat about mobile OSs, surveillance, and cryptocurrency.

June 14, 2021

Digital identity, FOSS, and self-hosting w/ k3tan

This week, I got the pleasure of sitting down with k3tan to chat about privacy, self-hosting, and some of his favorite tools.

June 02, 2021

Privacy as a journey and "digital minimalism" w/ Techlore

This week, I got the pleasure of sitting down with Henry from Techlore to chat about digital minimalism, privacy education, and some of the tools and projects that Henry recommends for taking back control of our privacy and data in an ever increasing world of data capture, tracking, and sharing.

May 31, 2021

Welcome to Opt Out

Welcome to Opt Out! I hope you enjoy this short intro which I’m using to introduce the podcast and go ahead and get it published across all major platforms in preparation for our first episode on 6/1. Thanks for listening, an...