Talks

On his podcast (subscription feed), Cory Doctorow publishes talks, interviews, readings of his books and general thoughts.

On this page we transcribe his talks, many of which are published on his podcast, to make them searchable and readable. There is also a page for his interviews and one for all of his podcast episodes.

List of talks[edit | edit source]

Security and feudalism: Own or be pwned[edit | edit source]

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 devices can be configured to do our bidding and where security researchers are always free to tell us what they've learned.

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How Stupid Laws and Benevolent Dictators can Ruin the Decentralized Web, too[edit | edit source]

Doctorow's opening talk at the Internet Archive Decentralized Web Summit, June 2016.

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My talk on the Internet of Things, wealth disparity, surveillance, evidence-based policy and the future of the world[edit | edit source]

Here’s the audio from last night’s talk on the Internet of Things at Central European University in Budapest! It was recorded by the Mindenki Joga Radio Show.

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Sense About Science lecture[edit | edit source]

I gave the annual Sense About Science lecture last week in London, and The Guardian recorded and podcasted it. It’s based on the Waffle Iron Connected to a Fax Machine talk I gave at Re:publica in Berlin the week before.

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DEF CON 23 – Fighting Back in the War on General Purpose Computers[edit | edit source]

EFF's Apollo 1201 project is a 10-year mission to abolish all DRM, everywhere in the world, within a decade. We're working with security researchers to challenge the viability of the dread DMCA, a law that threatens you with jail time and fines when you do your job: discover and disclosing defects in systems that we rely on for life and limb.

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How to break the Internet, destroy democracy and enslave the human race (or not)[edit | edit source]

Keynote of Cory Doctorow, science fiction author and journalist, held at the World Consumer Rights Day 2014 in Berlin. There's only two sides to the fight over technology's destiny: either you believe that you should never, ever design computers to betray their owners; or you believe that some problems are important enough to build "I Can't Let You Do That Dave" into our gadgets. If you're on "I Can't Let You Do That Dave" side, you're dangerously wrong.

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The Coming War on General Purpose Computation (28c3)[edit | edit source]

The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race.

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This Week in Tech 249 – Drama Hobbit[edit | edit source]

Interview with Leo Laporte and Robert Scoble. About Android, iPhone, Facebook, lock-in, privacy, etc.

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DRM and MSFT: A Product No Customer Wants[edit | edit source]

This talk was o Cory Doctorows talk at the 28th Chaos Communication Congress (28c3)riginally given to Microsoft's Research Group and other interested parties from within the company at their Redmond offices on June 17, 2004.

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Don't Spy On Us Day of Action[edit | edit source]

One year since whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the scale of the NSA and GCHQ’s mass surveillance of our communications, the Don’t Spy On Us campaign held a day of action to defend our freedom to read and write online.

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