(Cross posted from Intel Software Network)
This episode of Bit Stories was recorded at the O’Reilly Executive Briefing held at OSCON 2007 – the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon, on July 24, 2007.
At the briefing, Cory Doctorow gave a talk titled “Privacy Isn’t Dead — Let’s Not Kill It”, in which he talked about making software that we control, instead of letting software control us, and how we face the danger of becoming willing members of a police and surveillance state.
Cory Doctorow is one of my favorite science fiction authors, and writes more understandably about complex topics like privacy, DRM, open software and culture, and how technology affects our lives than anyone I’ve read. He’s one of the main contributors to the most popular blog on the Internet, BoingBoing.net. His personal blog is craphound.com, where you can find and download complete copies of all of his books under a Creative Commons license (as well as read about why he, as an author, thinks this is a great idea). Can you tell I’m a fan? 😉
I was thrilled to hear him speak at OSCON, and even happier when he agreed to let me publish this recording of his speech. Cory also asked me to crossload the audio file to the Internet Archive, which I was happy to do. Just as a note, all Bit Stories media files are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license, and automatically crossposted to the Internet Archive via blip.tv, in no small part because of Cory’s influence on my thinking and work.
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