The Cory Doctorow Wiki

Cory Doctorow portrait by Jonathan Worth, Creative Commons BY-SA

The reason my hope for the future and my hope for the internet are bound up is that it's hard to imagine how we can meaningfully change the world if we don't have the possibility of a free and open internet to use to organize that change.

Cory Doctorow, talking about DRM in the browser.

Welcome to The Cory Doctorow Wiki

We’re a collaborative community website working on transcribing the talks and interviews of Cory Doctorow, mostly from his podcast. Anyone, including you, can help. Just click the edit button at the top of any page to start!

The idea behind this wiki is that the things Cory Doctorow talks about – digital rights, the internet, DRM, wealth disparity, freedom, control, censorship and how copyright law reaches into all of these topics – are so central to the direction our society will take in the next century that it is vital that it's possible to find, search within, and quote his thoughts on these matters.

Thank you very much to everyone who wants to help out with the transcription effort! Before you dive in to it you should take three minutes to read about some tools and other info that will make the process easier and more enjoyable for you.

If you want to support this effort, but don't have the time to help, please consider becoming a patron over on Liberapay. If you want to support Cory, please buy his books from his own shop.

There is no way to fight oppression without free and open devices and networks. So it's up to us to demand the freedom layer on our devices and to enable that struggle. To be cyber-optimists, to secure the network and to use it to coordinate the struggle for our freedom. To jailbreak every device, to crack every censor-wall, to seize the means of information, and with it liberate the planet.

Cory Doctorow, in his Sense about science lecture.



Read or contribute to the transcripts of Cory Doctorow's talks. [Prioritized]

Interviews and conversations

Read or contribute to the transcripts of Cory Doctorow's interviews and conversations. [Prioritized]


Sometimes Cory starts off a reading of an article or a book with some thoughts at the beginning of the podcast episode. The article/book doesn't need to be transcribed, but some of those thoughts really should.


A chronological list of all of Cory's podcast episodes, including talks, interviews, book readings, etc. If it's a talk or interview you will also find it on the respective pages for that. If it's something else it probably doesn't need to be transcribed. [Not prioritized]


Find or add to a list of Doctorow's most interesting articles. No transcripts, obviously, but a nice way to find texts relevant to your interests. Maybe we could also add a short summary of each article? [Not prioritized]


Should we also have a list of all of Doctorow's books with a short summary and put them in a category, so that those who wish to find everything Cory has said about a specific topic will be able to find it all, including his books, through a link in the Message section bellow? [Not prioritized]


This is the place to list and link to the categories/topics of the different transcripts and articles. That way you can go directly to a list of texts about the topic you're most interested in.

The list will be expanded when there is more to add. Feel free to help out by adding categories to the transcript pages :)


This is not a news site, so this area will be reserved only for a very few, most important news items.

Sep 12, 2018: The EU adopts a new copyright directive, including link tax and copyright filters. This is terrible. Cory talks about it in his conversation on Steal This Show.

Sep 18, 2017: World Wide Web Consortium abandons consensus, standardizes DRM with 58.4% support, EFF resigns.

Everything else

External resources

A place to post links to other things relevant to the topics of this wiki.