Cory Doctorow on the Bureacrash Podcrash

by on September 16, 2008 · 13 comments

None other than Sci-Fi author, civil libertarian, blogger, activist, and TLF commenter Cory Doctorow drops in at the Bureaucrash Podcrash (that’s a podcast for “crashers”) to discuss his new book Little Brother.

Austin Grossman’s review of the book for the New York Times remarks:

An entertaining thriller and a thoughtful polemic on Internet-era civil rights, “Little Brother” is also a practical handbook of digital self-defense. Marcus’s guided tour through RFID cloners, cryptography and Bayesian math is one of the book’s principal delights. He spreads his message through a secure network engineered out of Xbox gaming consoles, to a tech-savvy youth underground (we are now post-nerd, I learned — hipsters and social networking experts have replaced the unwashed coders of yore).

We at TLF may disagree with Mr. Doctorow on a number of policy issues, but I must admit that he’s a talented writer. I bought Cory’s Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present, a collection of short stories, at Capital Books here in DC and read it cover to cover by the end of that weekend. A great read available free in digital form at Cory’s Craphound.

  • http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~tblee Tim Lee

    On which policy issues do we disagree with Doctorow? (A serious question–I'm sure some exist but I'm not aware of any)

  • http://www.techliberation.com Adam Thierer

    He's another believer in NN regs, but then who isn't these days.

    <a href=”http://www.informationweek.com/news/management/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=GNXOMH131ZCZUQSNDLOSKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=189600971&pgno=3&queryText=&isPrev=”>http://www.informationweek.com/news/management/

  • http://www.cordblomquist.com cordblomquist

    Tim, in February of last year didn't you say that Doctorow was wrong to say that we ought to put political pressure on Congressmen/candidate to support neutrality? I'm down with Cory's revolt against Virgin and trying to take other consumers with him, but don't get the Hill involved!

    Also, I'm sure that Adam has some problems with Cory on copyright, but I should really let him speak for himself. Where are you Thierer?

  • http://www.cordblomquist.com cordblomquist

    Ha, the man shows his face at the same time I comment.

  • http://www.tc.umn.edu/~leex1008 Tim Lee

    Right, as I wrote back in February, what's remarkable about Doctorow's support for network neutrality regulation is how lukewarm it has been. In the article Adam linked to, he spends most of his time discussing ways that regulation could backfire. So yes, this counts as a disagreement, but I think it's a relatively minor one. On what other policy issues do we disagree with him?

  • http://www.bureaucrash.com/podcrash Xaq Fixx

    This is Xaq, the guy behind the Podcrash. Thanks for posting the link.
    Cory is a supporter of Socialized Medicine, it's one issue he and I disagree on.

  • http://www.tc.umn.edu/~leex1008 Tim Lee

    Right, as I wrote back in February, what's remarkable about Doctorow's support for network neutrality regulation is how lukewarm it has been. In the article Adam linked to, he spends most of his time discussing ways that regulation could backfire. So yes, this counts as a disagreement, but I think it's a relatively minor one. On what other policy issues do we disagree with him?

  • http://www.bureaucrash.com/podcrash Xaq Fixx

    This is Xaq, the guy behind the Podcrash. Thanks for posting the link.
    Cory is a supporter of Socialized Medicine, it's one issue he and I disagree on.

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