NFTs with Nathan Schneider and Cory Doctorow (In Conversation)
In this episode we’re talking NFTs. If you don’t know what this latest phenomenon in the crypto, blockchain, asset speculation world is, if you’ve heard of NFTs but wanna know more, or if you wanna hear why NFTs might be leading us to an (even more) dystopian future — we’ve got you covered. We’ve brought on two guests to help unpack the NFT craze: Nathan Schneider is an Assistant Professor of Media studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, journalist, founder of the Media Enterprise Design Lab, and author most recently of Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy, published by Nation Books. Cory Doctorow is an author, activist, journalist and blogger, editor of Pluralistic dot net, former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and author of the novels Attack Surface and Walkaway, as well as nonfiction books like How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism. Thank you to Beulah for the intermission music. Upstream theme music was composed by Robert.Support for this episode was provided by the Guerrilla Foundation and by listeners like you. Upstream is a labor of love — we couldn't keep this project going without the generosity of our listeners and fans. Please consider chipping in a one-time or recurring donation at www.upstreampodcast.org/supportAlso, if your organization wants to sponsor one of our upcoming episodes, we have a number of sponsorship packages available. Find out more at upstreampodcast.org/sponsorshipFor more from Upstream, visit www.upstreampodcast.org and follow us on social media:twitter.com/UpstreamPodcast Instagram.com/upstreampodcastYou can also subscribe to us on Apple Podcast and Spotify:Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3HRN2OXSpotify: spoti.fi/2AryXHs
FBL35 - Cory Doctorow: Navigating the Economics and Failures of Technology
This week my guest is science fiction author and activist, Cory Doctorow, who has such an extensive and prolific background that I’ll let him describe it to you at the top of the podcast. But I will say that whether you agree with him or not, Cory has an incredible clarity of insight that brings together a very wide variety of topics, and luckily he also has the ability to articulate those thoughts. In this episode, we explore science fiction's impact on the world, how we balance the cost of technological solutions and progress, the failures of blockchain, peak indifference, gig economies, climate change, digital IDs, and so much more. You can read more about Cory's work at his website (https://craphound.com/) or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/doctorow * Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
Note: Hey all, We’re on break this week as we rest up and prepare for more top-notch programming, so this week’s episode is a rebroadcast of one of our favourites. It’s stardate 99040.01 and lead producer Jay Cockburn is temporarily taking over command of Darts and Letters for an episode. This week we enter the world of science fiction, revealing how it’s long been a vehicle for radical thought We dig into post-scarcity, Afrofuturism, and feminist speculative fiction as we set our phasers to fun and go where no podcast has gone before. First (@11:37), Cory Doctorow is a journalist, activist, blogger, and author of many books including the post-scarcity speculative fiction novel Walkaway. He takes us through the idea of a post-scarcity world as he breaks down the idea of abundance and what we might do with it, or not. Then, (@34:44), Nalo Hopkinson is a science fiction writer, editor, professor, and author of Brown Girl in the Ring. She talks to us about Afrofuturism as a critical lens and different ways of seeing the future for different communities — and re-imagining the present. Plus, be sure to read her own recommendation: Sister Mine. Finally, (@50:27), Batya Weinbaum is a poet, artist, professor, and the editor of FemSpec, an academic journal of feminist speculative fiction. She charts the history of feminism in science fiction and how art, including novels, helps drive social, political, and economic change. ——————-FURTHER READING AND LISTENING——————- Check out Cory Doctorow’s blog site Craphound, including the shop where you can buy his books, including Walkaway, which is featured in this episode. Also have a look at this latest book, Attack Surface. Visit Nalo Hopkinson’s homepage, including the list of her books and her Patreon. You can pick up Brown Girl in the Ring through her publisher’s site or wherever books are sold. Dig into the interdisciplinary feminist journal FemSpec, edited by Batya Weinbaum and visit her Google Scholar page to peruse her many academic articles. We mentioned a number of books in this episode you may want to check out, including Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, Frank Herbert’s Dune, and Iain M. Banks’ the Culture series. —————————-CONTACT US————————- To stay up to date, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. If you’d like to write to us, email email@example.com or tweet Gordon directly. ——————-SUPPORT THE SHOW——————- We need your support. If you like what you hear, chip in. You can find us on patreon.com/dartsandletters. —————————-CREDITS—————————- Darts and Letters is hosted and edited by Gordon Katic; this week our guest host and lead producer is Jay Cockburn. Gordon Katic is our editor. Our managing producer is Marc Apollonio. Our research assistants this week are Addye Susnick and David Moscrop. Our theme song was created by Mike Barber. Our graphic design was created by Dakota Koop. This episode received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research, which provided us a research grant to look at the concept of “public intellectualism.” Professor Allen Sens at the University of British Columbia is the lead academic advisor. Darts and Letters is produced in Toronto, which is on the traditional land of Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples. It is also produced in Vancouver, BC, which is on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Author, activist and journalist Cory Doctorow joins us on the island to talk democratising Disney World, inventing your own awards and the 36th Discworld novel, Making Money. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Discworld at http://desertislanddiscworld.com, on Twitter at @DIDiscworld, on Patreon at http://patreon.com/DIDiscworld, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cory Doctorow - Part 2: New publishing models for creators, Amazon as a frenemy, and the Internet Archive court case
Author, journalist, and activist Cory Doctorow talks about the new publishing models available to creators, the consolidation of the publishing and distribution markets, the emergence of Amazon as a frenemy to publishers and the misunderstandings that led to the Internet Archive court case. Highlights with timestamps:1:26 Cory talks about the new publishing models for books, the Creative Commons license, and how other people can also make money even after putting their content online for free 15:20 Cory also explains the reasons why his publishers asked him to stop using the Creative Commons licenses 18:34 Cory talks about the Internet Archive, what it is, what it does, and why it was under attack by the publishers as an act of piracy claiming that they were acting as a library 22:50 Cory talks about the Horthy Trust, what it is and what it does 26:38 Cory talks about the particular moment when he hit the wall and now thought that there was something wrong there 31:26 Cory talks about the things that he would like to see happen in the next five to 10 years so as to break the walls and move forward Shows Mentioned:Open Rights Group: https://www.openrightsgroup.org/ Craigslist: http://www.craigslist.org/ Google: http://www.google.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ Apple: https://www.apple.com/ Safari: http://www.apple.com/safari Nasdaq: https://www.nasdaq.com/ Google Book Search: https://books.google.com/books?uid=117522004192189783614 AltaVista: http://www.altavista.com/ Yahoo: https://www.yahoo.com/ Digital Millennium Copyright Act: https://www.copyright.gov/dmca/ Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ Macmillan: https://macmillanlibrary.com/ Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/ Quotes Mentioned:“We should acknowledge that the press is in trouble financially.”“If you don't know what's causing the problem, then simply doing something won't necessarily fix it.”“A tractor without its software is just an inanimate lump of metal.”“If you're not paying for the product, you're the product.”“Publishing is connecting an audience with a work.”“All the e-books are priced the same, thanks to various most favored nation deals between Amazon and the publishers and the other ebook stores.”“One of the reasons e-book sales went down would probably be because people got tired of reading off of screens.” Guests Social Media Links:Guests Social Media Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cory-doctorow-a96558195/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cory.doctorow.75 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cory_doctorow/ Website: https://www.eff.org/ Personal website: https://craphound.com/ Email: email@example.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/doctorow Call to Action Links:website: www.walledculture.orgpodcast: tbd
Cory Doctorow, activist, journalist, and author who wrote the influential Little Brother cyberpunk series, gets into some big issues like surveillance capitalism and his work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He doesn’t hold anything back.--------Why you should listen:* Hear from one of the smartest and most engaged technologists today on how technology can be used both for malicious purposes or for good.* Consider how bias can be built into code and have real-world implications. * Listen to Cory’s view on tech monopolies and his proposals for reversing their power over users and the internet more broadly.* Better understand why independent security research might seem counterintuitive to many people. * Hear the author of one most influential cyberpunk series discuss the origins of his latest book, Attack Surface.--------Key Quotes:* “Wishful thinking isn’t going to solve real-world technical security issues.”* “It’s so important that we build safeguards against our own frailty.”* “Tech has become a kind of dangerous monoculture ...technologically dangerous because a breach or a defect in a system has consequences for hundreds of millions, if not billions of users.”* “Monopoly is a really bad tool for protecting privacy because monopoly only protects privacy where privacy is in the interests of the monopolist.”* "We should hold everyone to account for being good privacy actors by having a privacy law -- a real, no fooling privacy law."* "One of the things that we need to take consideration of is that the security apocalypse is here. It's just not evenly distributed."--------Related Links:* Synack.com * https://www.linkedin.com/company/synack-inc-* https://twitter.com/synack* https://craphound.com/* https://pluralistic.net/* https://twitter.com/doctorow
Cory Doctorow – Part 1: Newspapers, Big Tech, Link Tax, DRM and Right to repair
Author, journalist, and activist Cory Doctorow talks about the evolution of newspapers, the role and threats posed by big tech, the collateral damage created by link taxes and the impact of digital rights management systems (DRM) on our daily lives, including on our right to repair Highlights with timestamps:0:00 Intro4:05 Cory talks about the link tax, Craigslist, monopolies and how this is impacting the press especially newspapers and also how the internet impacted the press and what needs to be done 17:22 Cory explains why he feels that link taxes affect the smaller startups platforms more as compared to the big tech monopolies and why it’s a recurring motif in copyright fights involving monopolists20:30 Cory talks about digital rights management or DRM, what it means generally and in specifics and what it is all about 23:17 Cory talks about how the digital rights management don’t serve the user rights and how it also hurts the publishers 28:06 Cory talks about the John Deere case that he wrote about recently and how it became the best sellers of tractors by using DRM 33:58 Cory shares his thoughts on the John Deere case in terms of security and also talks about what could be done Shows Mentioned:Open Rights Group: https://www.openrightsgroup.org/ Craigslist: http://www.craigslist.org/ Google: http://www.google.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ Apple: https://www.apple.com/ Safari: http://www.apple.com/safari Nasdaq: https://www.nasdaq.com/ Google Book Search: https://books.google.com/books?uid=117522004192189783614 AltaVista: http://www.altavista.com/ Yahoo: https://www.yahoo.com/ Digital Millennium Copyright Act: https://www.copyright.gov/dmca/ Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ Macmillan: https://macmillanlibrary.com/ Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/ Quotes Mentioned:“We should acknowledge that the press is in trouble financially.”“If you don't know what's causing the problem, then simply doing something won't necessarily fix it.”“A tractor without its software is just an inanimate lump of metal.”“If you're not paying for the product, you're the product.”“Publishing is connecting an audience with a work.”“All the e-books are priced the same, thanks to various most favored nation deals between Amazon and the publishers and the other ebook stores.”“One of the reasons e-book sales went down would probably be because people got tired of reading off of screens.” Guests Social Media Links:Guests Social Media Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cory-doctorow-a96558195/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cory.doctorow.75 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cory_doctorow/ Website: https://www.eff.org/ Personal website: https://craphound.com/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/doctorow Call to Action Links:website: www.walledculture.orgpodcast: tbd
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the editor of Pluralistic and the author of young adult novels like LITTLE BROTHER and HOMELAND and novels for adults like ATTACK SURFACE and WALKAWAY, as well as nonfiction books like HOW TO DESTROY SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles. Subscribe to our newsletter today A Correction Podcast Episodes RSS
This is an interview only show. Jessie and Corey speak at length with Attack Surface Author Cory Doctorow about the problems with Bitcoin and the current issues we are dealing with in society when it comes to technology. In the show notes you can find where you can purchase Cory Doctorow’s latest book Attack Surface. Social Media Of Cory Doctorow Website: https://craphound.com/https://pluralistic.net/Medium:https://doctorow.medium.com/Twitter:https://twitter.com/doctorowMastadon:https://mamot.fr/@pluralisticTumblr: https://mostlysignssomeportents.tumblr.com/Podcast:https://craphound.com/podcast/Books How to Destroy..:https://craphound.com/category/destroy/Attack Surface: https://craphound.com/category/attacksurface/Buy: https://craphound.com/shop/The Bitcoin Podcast Social MediaJoin-Slack: https://launchpass.com/thebitcoinpodcastPatreon:https://www.patreon.com/TheBitcoinPodcastNetworkWebsite: http://thebitcoinpodcast.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebtcpodcast