Cory Doctorow

  • On The War On General Purpose Computing

    On The War On General Purpose Computing

    The powers that be want to control your phones and your drones. And who can blame them? It was inevitable. Of course they’re upset that smartphones are making it hard to catch speeders. Of course manufacturers are hurrying to ensure that drones refuse to fly to certain locations, before they’re forced to do so by law. Those are the instruments of power in today’s and… Read More

  • Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters

    Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters

    Editor’s Note: Ben Murray is the editor for The Space, a digital art non-profit organization in the UK and was a former BBC digital editor.  The line “good artists copy; great artists steal,” attributed to Pablo Picasso and appropriated by Steve Jobs in a 1995 interview, is in some ways at the core of much of the aesthetic endeavors that engage modern technology. Jobs… Read More

  • After Technology Destroys Capitalism

    After Technology Destroys Capitalism

    In honor of May Day, let’s think big for a moment. No, no, no. Bigger than that. Consider all the furious attention paid to economic inequality of late, courtesy of Thomas Piketty and Capital in the 21st Century. He argues that increasing inequality is an inevitable outcome of laissez-faire capitalism, and proposes we fix this with a global wealth tax. I humbly suggest that… Read More

  • The War On Hackers

    The War On Hackers

    Corey Thuen was a developer at the Idaho National Laboratory who helped to develop a network-visualization tool called Sophia. Then Battelle Energy, the company that manages the INL, rejected the notion of open-sourcing Sophia, and instead licensed it for commercial use to a company called NexDefense. So Thuen went created a separate-but-similar open-source tool called Visdom, written in… Read More

  • Fox Shuts Down Cory Doctorow’s Homeland Book In Overzealous DMCA takedown

    Fox Shuts Down Cory Doctorow’s Homeland Book In Overzealous DMCA takedown

    TorrentFreak is reporting that links to Cory Doctorow’s book, Homeland, are being shut down after a DMCA request by Fox. Why is Cory’s Creative Commons licensed book that is available for free being attacked? It kind of sounds like it could be a copy of Homeland, the TV series, so they shut it down. Read More

  • Whither, Hollywood, Wither?

    Whither, Hollywood, Wither?

    Last week I wrote about television; this week I’ve been thinking about Hollywood. Not least because a screenwriter with a pretty good track record recently attached himself to my squirrel book1 and is hoping to adapt it into a big animated movie. But it often takes five years or more to go from script to screen, so I can’t help wondering–will Hollywood as we know it still… Read More

  • In Praise Of Piracy

    I’ve had to think a lot about digital rights management lately. Not that I wanted to. But I recently did some eye-opening contract software development for a DRM-heavy media app, just as our government up here in the Great White North introduced a new and extremely DRM-friendly copyright law, and links to Don’t Make Me Steal started popping up all over the Internet. You… Read More

  • Dear People Who Make Horse Catheters and Want Us to Write About You: Cory tells you how to send us links

    Good old Cory Doctorow. Is there anything the man can’t do? He makes fiction, babies, and blog posts with reckless abandon and he has a nice soft head, like the head of a wee chick but a wee chick that can beat your ass in a conversation about Net Neutrality in a second. Anyway, InformationWeek hired Cory to tell the PR world how to submit links. His main suggestion? Send a link with… Read More

  • Steve, DRM, and the Free World

    rails against DRM on Salon this morning, saying that it’s basically a tax against future hardware purchases. The reasoning is fairly simple: the more 99 cent tracks you buy, the harder it will be to get rid of your Zune or your iPod or your FrankoMP3eo 2007. This line of argument is fairly cogent but the article says little new. It is, however, nice to hear from Cory’s other… Read More