In his keynote speech Cory addresses the issue of computer regulation in general and, more specifically, asks: What happens when we take the failed regulatory model from the copy-right realm and try to import it into other realms too? What are the consequences?
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Users of personal computers have consistently been forced to deal with copyright protection schemes that limited their use of software. From copy protection to rootkits, companies continue to try to protect their material through technical methods and legal challenges. In his presentation at the 28th annual Chaos Communication Congress (28c3), Cory Doctorow reviews the history of these issues, but also warns of the continued war against the general purpose computer.
Cory argues that proposed laws such as the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and other worldwide legal actions only make it easier for developers to monitor the use of the computer via malware installed as part of the application software. He calls for greater consideration of ways to protect copyright without reducing the value of the general purpose computer to the end user.
This Q&A is a fantastic addition to the rest of the talk. It’s loaded with great questions and interesting examples.
Cory Doctorow is a sci-fi author, hero of the open source and creative commons movements, and co-founder of boingboing.net.
In this exclusive event, Cory travels to Vivid Sydney from London to deliver a keynote on new challenges and frontiers for creators and consumers – asking us to question who we give our rights to - and how creators can best take advantage of a more connected world.
Following his keynote address, Cory joins anthropologist and Intel fellow Genevieve Bell, for a conversation exploring the future of culture, behaviour and technology, and why sharing and copying matters to makers.