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Jamillah Knowles | 14:27 UK time, Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Hello Outriders!

This week on the podcast I have been at City Hall in London finding out a little more about the the Capital's growth as a technology centre, I've heard about how a man and his guitar can fight for his consumer rights online and I've learned a little about hackers having fun with their own telephone network.

At the weekend Boris Johnson, Mayor of London hosted a debate at City Hall.

Nico MacDonald co-author of "Big Potatoes - The London Manifesto for Innovation" chaired the debate with Jimmy Wales founder of Wikimedia. The topic was technology disruption and convergence. So I asked Nico to explain what this was all about.

Across the Pond in the United States, the hacker conference Def Con took place recently in Las Vegas. At each event of course there is some creative work and a bit of showing off. One group in attendance, known as the Ninja Network created its own telephone network for selected guests.

Matt Lewis who is often known as Barkode told me more about the conference and how he came to be working on making a phone network of their own.

Dave Carroll is a Canadian singer-songwriter and social media innovator. You may know his name from his campaign about United Airlines.

He's now written a book about his experiences and so I caught up with him on his book tour to find out how that's going and recap the events that got him this far. He even sang a little of his viral video song for the interview.

A bit of a change next week. Chris Vallance will be steering the good ship Outriders so be nice to him and make him welcome because I am sure he will have some treats lined up.

In the meantime you can reach us via the usual channels. Tweet at me on Twitter where we are @BBC_Outriders, or search for Outriders on Facebook and Google plus to add us to your digital diet.

Until next week!



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