Wednesday 11th December 2013; 7pm to 8.30pm,
Pulp Fiction Books (Edinburgh Writers’ Centre), 41-43 Bread St, Edinburgh EH3 9AH.
An evening with Cory Doctorow.
Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is author of the New York Times’ bestselling novel, Little Brother. He has thrice won the Locus Award for his fiction, been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula, and is the only author to have won both the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Campbell Award for best SF Novel of the Year.
Cory is the co-editor of BoingBoing.net, and writes columns for Make, Information Week, the Guardian Online, and Locus. He has been named one of the internet’s top 25 influencers by Forbes magazine, and was christened a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Cory’s topic will be You Can’t Solve Problems by Breaking the Net.
The Internet is the nervous system of the 21st century. Everything we do today involves the Internet and everything we do tomorrow will require it. As a result, every problem we experience will have some intersection with the Internet, and will invite the same request we have received in the fights over obscenity and copyright infringement: can’t you just break the internet a little, so that it fixes my problem?
In every case, the cure is worse than the disease – and the bad news is, this is only getting worse. What do we tell the government and the general population when they ask us to solve their (real) problems with our network configuration? As stewards of the internet, and as citizens of the world, we must demand real solutions – not the security syllogism that runs: something must be done – I have done something – therefore, something has been done.
This is a free event, open to all.