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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

Peak indifference: privacy as a public health issue

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 01:57:40 +0000

My latest Locus column, “Peak Indifference”, draws a comparison between the history of the “debate” about the harms of smoking (a debate manufactured by disinformation merchants with a stake in the controversy) and the current debate about the harms of surveillance and data-collection, whose proponents say “privacy is dead,” while meaning, “I would be richer... more

I’m profiled in the Globe and Mail Report on Business magazine

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:35:16 +0000

The monthly Report on Business magazine in the Canadian national paper The Globe and Mail profiled my work on DRM reform, as well as my science fiction writing and my work on Boing Boing. I’m grateful to Alec Scott for the coverage, and especially glad that the question of the World Wide Web Consortium’s terrible... more

How to protect the future web from its founders’ own frailty

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:15:30 +0000

Earlier this month, I gave the afternoon keynote at the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit, and my talk was about how the people who founded the web with the idea of having an open, decentralized system ended up building a system that is increasingly monopolized by a few companies — and how we can prevent... more

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Video: Guarding the Decentralized Web from its founders’ human frailty

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:11:23 +0000

Earlier this month, I gave the afternoon keynote at the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit, speaking about how the people who are building a new kind of decentralized web can guard against their own future moments of weakness and prevent themselves from rationalizing away the kinds of compromises that led to the centralization of today’s... more

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How we will keep the Decentralized Web decentralized: my talk from the Decentralized Web Summit

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:24:41 +0000

At yesterday’s Internet Archive Decentralized Web Summit, the afternoon was given over to questions of security and policy. I gave the opening talk, “How Stupid Laws and Benevolent Dictators can Ruin the Decentralized Web, too,” which was about “Ulysses pacts“: bargains you make with yourself when your willpower is strong to prevent giving into temptation... more