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Cory Doctorow

London, UK
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Global thought leader on digital privacy and open source technology

Co-editor of boingboing.net, multiple published author

Former Director of European Affairs at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-born writer of science fiction, an activist on issues of internet privacy and open source solutions, and a prolific public speaker, journalist and blogger. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (2002-06) and co-founder the UK Open Rights Group (2005), which was set up to preserve and promote rights in the digital age.

Cory is the author of multiple novels for adults and young adults, and as a strong opponent of inflexible copyright law, has released his novels under the ‘creative commons license’ which allows for legal electronic sharing and fan fiction for non-commercial gain. Recent novels include the novel Little Brother (Tor Teen/HarperCollins, 2008), the young adult novel Homeland (Tor Teen, 2013) and adult novel Rapture of the Nerds (Tor Books, 2012).

Corey was named 2006-07 Canadian Fullbright Chair for Public Diplomacy at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy where he undertook a one year writing and teaching residency. In 1999 He co-founded the free software P2P company ‘Opencola’ which was sold to the Open Text Corporation in 2003.

Cory serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Clarion Foundation, The Glenn Gould Foundation, and the Chabot Space & Science Center’s SpaceTime project.

Our Comment

"Cory is a polymath of the digital era, whose confident and striking explanations will give any audience cause to reflect on how technology is redefining our communications and privacy. His clear, informative explanations illuminate the ethical, technical and political challenges of our digital present and near future."

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