Tag Archives: cory doctorow

How to defeat terrorism

Bruce Schneier’s essay on today’s bombings in Boston helped shake me out of the daze I found myself in since hearing the news this morning. I am far away from Boston, and knew nobody in the blast radius, but the ability to keep refreshing feeds to read more news, hear more rumors, see more pictures, […]

Predicting the present in Cory Doctorow’s “Pirate Cinema”

Cory Doctorow is coming through town again, this time on his tour for Homeland, the sequel to his excellent young adult novel Little Brother. Cory likes to talk about how his fiction “predicts the present”: taking the bits of future that are already here, just not yet evenly distributed, and applying them more widely. It’s […]

Connecting to SFPL-Wireless

The San Francisco Public Library has the right idea about offering unfiltered Internet access. When you connect to the open wifi network, you’re given this notice and the ability to click right through: San Francisco Public Library is committed to providing free and equal Internet access to the public without filtering content. We do, however, […]

Former Register of Copyrights says terms are too long

In November 2005, Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters gave an impressively candid answer about copyright terms being too long, and that she thought such a situation was a “big mistake.” Unfortunately link rot has begun to set in, and it was somewhat difficult for me to track down a copy of the video. (When BoingBoing […]

Bad civic hygiene

Bruce Schneier has a great cautionary quote about technology and its tendency to be subverted: It’s bad civic hygiene to build technologies that could someday be used to facilitate a police state. He’s used the line in a few essays: one about data reuse and the role of the US census in Japanese internment, one […]