Joel Johnson puts AT&T on the spot over copyright spying plan


Boing Boing Gadgets's Joel Johnson has just posted unedited footage of his appearance on AT&T's The Hugh Thompson Show, where he asked Thompson and his audience how they felt about AT&T's plan to spy on all its customers to find copyright infringers.

Joel Johnson, you are my hero:

Yesterday, I was invited to talk about gadgets onThe Hugh Thompson Show, a television-style talk show sponsored exclusively by AT&T for distribution on the online AT&T Tech Channel. I eventually did talk about gadgets, but in light of AT&T's shocking and baffling announcement of their plans to filter the internet, I thought that a much more interesting and important topic.

So that's what I talked about.

As you can see from the video, the crew ended up scrubbing the interview about half-way through. Figuring that might happen, I asked my steely-nerved friend Richard Blakeley to tape the first take. I wanted to make sure that we had a record of the event, primarily to ensure that AT&T would have no reason to try to bury the interview entirely–the same reason I am running this clip now, while discussion about what to do with my segment in post-production is surely underway.

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