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Cory Doctorow in Albuquerque - Spyware * Freedom * Connection

Mikey and I drove up to Albuquerque to catch Cory Doctorow's talk in support of his new book Homeland. Cory is masterful at being sweet and blunt at the same time and this made me like him right away. He reminded me of my hope that sparing becomes popular. As blog reader Joel describes, sparing as playful confrontation that models serious conflict.

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.

8 comments:

Joel said...

I'm not entirely certain what you mean by a part of this: do you look forward to a return of sparring, the playful confrontation that models serious conflict?

You guys also do a lot of sparing, both a minimalist or wabi-sabi design, and your great strategies of using water and energy more sparingly, but somehow that doesn't seem to fit what you've written quite as well.

Wendy J. Tremayne said...

hey joel,
you said it more clearly than I did, yes I mean

the playful confrontation that models serious conflict

now I'm going to copy your words and fix my post.

: )

Trashdigger said...

We couldnt get Cory to Denver. However I am in the process of devouring Homeland. Each page is to be read slowly and devoured. A book I will be sharing with my children.

Mikey Sklar said...

@Trashdigger: I just finished homeland this week and little brother last week. They were both a lot of fun and familiar on so many levels. I can see why you want to share this with your children. Lot's of great tips for teenagers to protect themselves.

Mikey Sklar said...

@Trashdigger: I just finished homeland this week and little brother last week. They were both a lot of fun and familiar on so many levels. I can see why you want to share this with your children. Lot's of great tips for teenagers to protect themselves.

Trashdigger said...

Mikey, Ane even a few tips for us older geeks. I read Little Brother a few years after 9/11 but it hit home.. As does Homeland.. Sometimes fiction has lots of truth.. hmmm. Anyhow I hope to meet up with ya when ya come Denver/BOulder for the book tour. As one who spent almost year living in TorC in the late 70s. It really has changed.
As a fan of the Nearings also I wonder if I could get an advanced paper copy or e-copy of the new book for review.. My blog is at www.ddfdb.blogspot.com

Mikey Sklar said...

@Trashdigger: send us a e-mail. We can work out a advance copy.

Mikey Sklar said...

@trashdigger: mikeysklar at gmail dot com