Cory Doctorow returns! Cory is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. His latest book, which we’ll be discussing today, is Attack Surface, a standalone adult sequel to Little Brother. He’s written many other books, including Radicalized and Walkaway, science fiction; How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, nonfiction about monopoly and conspiracy; In Real Life, a graphic novel; and the picture book Poesy the Monster Slayer. He’s also a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties.
In our discussion of Attack Surface, we consider it as a Trojan horse for delivering information about surveillance and counter-surveillance, and as a consideration of the ethics of privilege vs dissent.
From the book: “Information doesn’t want to be free… but people do…. People use technology to make themselves free, by using it to share and organize and connect. Freedom isn’t something technology gives you, technology is something you use to get freedom.”
Photo: At Borderlands Books, San Francisco, CA. Photo by Alex Schoenfeldt Photography, www.schoenfeldt.com , CC-BY)