Cory Doctorow has a problem with corporate bullies. In his latest book, The Internet Con, How to Seize the Means of Computation, Cory details how monopolies have taken control of much of the tech sector and are unlikely to give it back without a fight.
Corruption arises out of monopoly, so we know what our marching orders should be, and obviously it’s much harder under monopolistic conditions to do something about it. The best time to have prevented monopolies was 40 years ago but the second best time is now and we are living at a historically unprecedented moment in which there is interest in public service provision, good governance, good public administration and returning power over the structure of your daily life from corporate boardrooms into publicly accountable meetings held by publicly accountable agencies.
Cory is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, and ball of fire. He’s written quite a few books, including Red Team Blues, a science fiction crime thriller; Chokepoint Capitallism, nonfiction about monopoly and creative labor markets; the Little Brother series for young adults; In Real Life, a graphic novel; and the picture book Poesy the Monster Slayer. In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Cory’s been bringing back muckraking big time at Pluralistic.net.
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