Cory Doctorow in Albuquerque - Spyware * Freedom * Connection, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
Cory dives to meat of the matter, we must keep the internet free and open. He described internet regs as about as logical as plugging a waffle iron into a fax machine. He asked if we want technology to be like Hal, "I'm afraid I can't do that Dave," or if we want it to serve the individual.
I left the talk feeling grateful to Cory for his willing to stand up. He knows that to do so could be dangerous. Aaron Schwartz played a creative role in Cory's new book and in his life. One can still feel the thread of connection between them.
As I drove home I wondered what I can do to support people like Cory. Cory answers this question in the talk he gave:
Use open source and creative commons. Do not trust the machines that are not open. Spyware is an example of how machines can be used against us.
Stand up for digital rights. When SOPA was being fought against a winning strategy was used. Web based pop ups directed people to their local congress people. This action helped tip the scale.
Corey reminded us to connect heart to heart with one another and ask others, "how do you feel?" Ultimately the world we're fighting to keep free is one of living creatures. Connect.