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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 […]

Cory Doctorow: The Internet Will Always Suck

From the November 2015 issue of Locus Magazine Technologist Anil Dash has a law. ‘‘Three things never work: Voice chat, printers, and projectors.’’ It’s funny because it’s true. We’ve all struggled with getting a printer to work; we’ve all watched a presenter and an AV tech sweat over a projector in a room full of […]

Cory Doctorow:
What If People Were Sensors, Not Things to be Sensed?

From the September 2015 issue of Locus Magazine The Internet of Things is starting to emerge. You can tell it’s just starting, because we’re still using the ungainly name ‘‘Internet of Things.’’ It’s one of those coinages that tells you that we don’t know what a thing is or what it’s for, like ‘‘horseless carriage’’ […]

Cory Doctorow: Skynet Ascendant

From the July 2015 issue of Locus Magazine As I’ve written here before, science fiction is terrible at predicting the future, but it’s great at predicting the present. SF writers imagine all the futures they can, and these futures are processed by a huge, dynamic system consisting of editors, booksellers, and readers. The futures that […]

Cory Doctorow: Shorter

From the May 2015 issue of Locus Magazine When I started writing, I thought I was talented. I was six, and I’d written something precocious that attracted praise from the grownups around me, and that praise included a descriptive dimension: I hadn’t just written something that was good – I was a good writer. Talent […]

Cory Doctorow: Stability and Surveillance

From the March 2015 issue of Locus Magazine In Thomas Piketty’s ground-breaking 2014 economics blockbuster Capital in the 21st Century, the economist carefully documents the increasing wealth disparity around the globe, a phenomenon that has animated the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, Pope Francis, and political activists around the world. Some of Piketty’s critics have […]

Cory Doctorow: A New Deal for Copyright

From the January 2015 issue of Locus Magazine Last November, I published a book-length essay about how copyright is failing to serve artists, and how it has come to present a clear and present danger to wider society. The book is called Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, and it is composed of three snappy […]

Cory Doctorow: Stories Are a Fuggly Hack

From the November 2014 issue of Locus Magazine As I’ve mentioned before, stories are weird. I mean, really, really weird. Nothing that happens in a piece of fiction has any consequence in the real world. Romeo and Juliet did not live, did not die, and the ‘‘tragedy’’ they represent is objec­tively less important than the […]

Cory Doctorow:
Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and Doctorow’s First Law

From the September 2014 issue of Locus Magazine It’s been half a decade since I coined ‘‘Doctorow’s first law of electronic publishing’’: ‘‘Any time someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, and won’t give you the key, you can be sure that the lock isn’t there for your benefit.’’ I’m talking, of […]

Cory Doctorow: Security in Numbers

From the July 2014 issue of Locus Magazine Edward Snowden wasn’t the first person to leak information about US mass surveillance. The mass surveillance story has been unfolding since an AT&T technician called Mark Klein blew the whistle on the NSA in 2006, but the Snowden story is the first one that’s caught and held […]


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