The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Cory Doctorow - Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Technology, Self-Determination, and the Future of the Future

Feb 17, 2021

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Self-determination is the key to human thriving; it's also the enemy of both dictatorships and monopolies. It's no coincidence that commercial imperatives of tech monopolies create the infrastructure for political oppression. The public-private-partnership from hell looks like this: companies install surveillance and other system of control to extract higher rents from their customers and ward off competitors. Then states seize that surveillance and control apparatus to gain and consolidate power.

That's the bad news. The good news is that it means that those of us fighting dictatorships have natural allegiances with those fighting monopolies -- and vice versa.

About the Speaker

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. He is the author of RADICALIZED and WALKAWAY, science fiction for adults, a YA graphic novel called IN REAL LIFE, the nonfiction business book INFORMATION DOESN'T WANT TO BE FREE, and young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER. His latest book is POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER, a picture book for young readers. His next book is ATTACK SURFACE, an adult sequel to LITTLE BROTHER. He maintains a daily blog at He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University, a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of North Carolina's School of Library and Information Science and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group.

Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

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