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Cory Doctorow: Be the First One to Not Do Something that No One Else Has Ever Not Thought of Doing Before

From the July 2017 issue of Locus Magazine The legendary musician, producer, and weirdo Brian Eno has many notable accomplishments and high among them is the production of the ‘‘Oblique Strategies’’ deck, a deck of cards emblazoned with gnomic and hard-to-parse advice that is meant to shake your creative rut: ‘‘Fill every beat with something,’’ […]

Cory Doctorow: Weaponized Narrative

From the May 2017 issue of Locus Magazine When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’’ To this day, especially in times of ‘‘disaster,’’ I remember my mother’s words and I […]

Cory Doctorow: The Jubilee: Fill Your Boots

From the March 2017 issue of Locus Magazine In 1972, a group of researchers funded by the Volkswagen Foundation published a seismic book called Limits to Growth, which used the most sophisticated techniques of the day to model the planet Earth and project its future. The book’s authors were trying to figure out how rosy […]

Cory Doctorow:
It’s Time to Short Surveillance and Go Long on Freedom

From the January 2017 issue of Locus Magazine Let’s say for the sake of argument that you voted for Donald Trump and you’re ecstatic that he’s taking the White House. You might even be rubbing your hands in glee at the thought that Obama was dumb enough to operationalize George W. Bush’s surveillance apparatus – […]

Cory Doctorow: Sole and Despotic Dominion

From the November 2016 issue of Locus Magazine William Blackstone is a towering legal authority, whose 18th century Commentaries on the Laws of England are still studied today. Blackstone was big on private property as a cure for humanity’s woes. In Commentaries, he wrote one of the most famous definitions of private property in English-language […]

Cory Doctorow:

The Privacy Wars Are About to Get a Whole Lot Worse

From the September 2016 issue of Locus Magazine It used to be that server logs were just boring utility files whose most dramatic moments came when someone forgot to write a script to wipe out the old ones and so they were left to accumulate until they filled the computer’s hard-drive and crashed the server. […]

Cory Doctorow: Peak Indifference

From the July 2016 issue of Locus Magazine Ever since the first days of public access to the Internet, activ­ists like me have been making dire warnings about the privacy implications of leaving data-trails behind you when you engage in everyday activity. We hoped that people would think forward to the potential risks of disclosures […]

Cory Doctorow: Peace In Our Time

From the May 2016 issue of Locus Magazine E-books are game-changers, but not in the way we all thought they would be. Far from taking over print, e-book sales have stagnated at less than a quarter of print sales and show every sign of staying there or declining for the foreseeable future. But e-books continue […]

Cory Doctorow: Wealth Inequality Is Even Worse
in Reputation Economies

From the March 2016 issue of Locus Magazine I need to confess something: ‘‘Whuffie’’ would make a terrible cur­rency. In 2003, I published my first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, in which all society’s scarcities, even death and energy, have been overcome, and where conflicts over resources – notably, who gets to […]

Cory Doctorow: Wicked Problems: Resilience Through Sensing

From the January 2016 issue of Locus Magazine A problem is said to be ‘‘wicked’’ when the various parties engaged with it can’t even agree what the problem is, let alone the solution. As the name implies, wicked problems are hard to deal with. More than a decade ago, the Federal Communica­tions Commission got its […]


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