In this episode, we tell the story of Alexandra Elbakyan, a Kazakhstani internet pirate who is single-handedly plundering the scientific publishing giants.
Alexandra’s website Sci-Hub is providing free access to 64 million research papers. (There’s one catch – it’s completely illegal.)
Alexandra isn’t your run-of-the-mill internet hacktivist. She’s into communism, she supports Putin, she’s hesitant about supporting freedom of the press.
Is Sci-Hub a threat to capitalism as we know it? Or the next necessary step in furthering the interests of scientific research?
How long can this last? And will the publishing empire strike back?