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A new edition of the Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free audiobook featuring Neil Gaiman

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:04:27 +0000

“Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free” is my 2014 nonfiction book about copyright, the internet, and earning a living, and it features two smashing introductions — one by Neil Gaiman and the other by Amanda Palmer. I released an audio edition of the book in 2014, read by the incomparable Wil Wheaton, who also read... more

My keynote from the O’Reilly Security Conference: “Security and feudalism: Own or be pwned”

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:51:39 +0000

Here’s the 32 minute video of my presentation at last month’s O’Reilly Security Conference in New York, “Security and feudalism: Own or be pwned.” Cory Doctorow explains how EFF is battling the perfect storm of bad security, abusive business practices, and threats to the very nature of property itself, fighting for a future where our... more

Car Wars: a dystopian science fiction story about the nightmare of self-driving cars

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:24:25 +0000

Melbourne’s Deakin University commissioned me to write a science fiction story about the design and regulation of self-driving cars, inspired by my essay about the misapplication of the “Trolley Problem” to autonomous vehicles. The story, Car Wars, takes the form of a series of vignettes that illustrate the problem with designing cars to control their... more

I’m helping launch Echoes of Sherlock Homes at LA’s Chevalier Books tomorrow night

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:29:19 +0000

In 2014, lawyer and eminent Sherlockian Les Klinger comprehensively won the legal battle to establish that Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain and available for anyone to use, abuse, alter, celebrate or mock; now with a new anthology of completely unauthorized Sherlock tales, Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, Klinger and co-editor Laurie R. King have... more

Sole and Despotic Dominion: how a 20th century copyright law is abolishing property for humans (but not corporations)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 22:40:13 +0000

In the 18th century, William Blackstone wrote the seminal “Commentaries on the Laws of England,” which contained one of the foundational definitions of property: “that sole and despotic dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in total exclusion of the right of any other individual in the universe.”... more

Interview with IEEE-USA Insight Podcast

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:59:53 +0000

I was interviewed for the IEEE-USA Insight Podcast last summer in New Orleans, during their Future Leaders Summit, where I was privileged to give the keynote (MP3)

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Talking about Allan Sherman on the Comedy on Vinyl podcast

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:12:57 +0000

Jason Klamm stopped my office to interview me for his Comedy on Vinyl podcast, where I talked about the first comedy album I ever loved: Allan Sherman’s My Son, the Nut. I inherited my mom’s copy of the album when I was six years old, and listened to it over and over until I discovered... more

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Apply for a Shuttleworth Fellowship!

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:13:56 +0000 I’m the “Honourary Steward” for this year’s Shuttleworth Fellowship, this being a valuable and prestigious prize given to people who are undertaking to make the world a better, more open place (“social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and could benefit from a social investment model with a difference”).... more

Come see me in Portland, Riverside, LA, and San Francisco

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:17:07 +0000

I’ve got a busy couple of weeks coming up! I’m speaking tomorrow at Powell’s in Portland, OR for Banned Books Week; on Wednesday, I’m at UC Riverside speaking to a Philosophy and Science Fiction class; on Friday I’ll be at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, speaking on Canada’s dark decade of policy... more

How free software stayed free

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:19:29 +0000

I did an interview with the Changelog podcast (MP3) about my upcoming talk at the O’Reilly Open Source conference in London, explaining how it is that the free and open web became so closed and unfree, but free and open software stayed so very free, and came to dominate the software landscape. “Desperate” is often... more

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If DRM is so great, why won’t anyone warn you when you’re buying it?

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:12:12 +0000

Last month, I filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of Electronic Frontier Foundation, 22 of EFF’s supporters, and a diverse coalition of rightsholders, public interest groups, and retailers, documenting the ways that ordinary Americans come to harm when they buy products without realizing that these goods have been encumbered with DRM, and... more

The privacy wars have been a disaster and they’re about to get a LOT worse

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:57:42 +0000

In my latest Locus column, The Privacy Wars Are About to Get A Whole Lot Worse, I describe the history of the privacy wars to date, and the way that the fiction of “notice and consent” has provided cover for a reckless, deadly form of viral surveillance capitalism. As bad as things have been, they’re... more

See you at Burning Man!

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:42:27 +0000

I’m about to switch off my email until September 5 and drive to Black Rock City for 10 days of incinerating the dude. If you’re going this year, drop by Liminal Labs — with whom I am immensely privileged to camp — and have some cold brew and say hi! We’re at 5&F this year... more

Talking about the pro-security, anti-DRM business model on the O’Reilly Radar Podcast

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:25:48 +0000

On this just-released episode of the O’Reilly Radar podcast (MP3), I talk about EFF’s lawsuit against the US government to invalidate Section 1201 of the DMCA, which will make it legal to break DRM in order to fix security vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things devices that, today, are almost invariable insecure, and are also... more

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Podcast: Live from HOPE on Radio Statler

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:23:36 +0000

While I was in NYC to keynote the 11th Hackers on Planet Earth convention, I sat down with the Radio Statler folks and explained what I was going to talk about, as well as bantering with the hosts about the relative merits of DEFCON and HOPE and the secret to managing cons and marriages (MP3).

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Podcast: How we’ll kill all the DRM in the world, forever

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:20:50 +0000

I’m keynoting the O’Reilly Security Conference in New York in Oct/Nov, so I stopped by the O’Reilly Security Podcast (MP3) to explain EFF’s Apollo 1201 project, which aims to kill all the DRM in the world within a decade. A couple things changed in the last decade. The first is that the kinds of technologies... more

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My Kansas City World Science Fiction Convention schedule

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:35:47 +0000

I’m flying into Kansas City for part of Midamericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, and while there, I’ll be on panels, give a reading, and sit down with fans for a kaffeeklatsch. Here’s my schedule: Thursday: Is Cyberpunk Still a Thing? Thursday 12:00 – 13:00, 3501H (Kansas City Convention Center) Cyberpunk hit with... more

EFF is suing the US government to invalidate the DMCA’s DRM provisions

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:24:09 +0000

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just filed a lawsuit that challenges the Constitutionality of Section 1201 of the DMCA, the “Digital Rights Management” provision of the law, a notoriously overbroad law that bans activities that bypass or weaken copyright access-control systems, including reconfiguring software-enabled devices (making sure your IoT light-socket will accept third-party lightbulbs; tapping... more

My interview on Utah Public Radio’s “Access Utah”

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:24:16 +0000

Science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist Cory Doctorow joins us for Tuesday’s AU. In a recent column, Doctorow says that “all the data collected in giant databases today will breach someday, and when it does, it will ruin peoples’ lives. They will have their houses stolen from under them by identity thieves who forge... more

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As browsers decline in relevance, they’re becoming DRM timebombs

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 17:08:30 +0000

My op-ed in today’s issue of The Tech, MIT’s leading newspaper, describes how browser vendors and the W3C, a standards body that’s housed at MIT, are collaborating to make DRM part of the core standards for future browsers, and how their unwillingness to take even the most minimal steps to protect academics and innovators from... more