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Positive Externalities

The Guardian


Where Characters Come From

Locus


Why the entertainment industry’s release strategy creates piracy

The Guardian


Here’s what ICT should really teach kids: how to do regular expressions

The Guardian


Why all pharmaceutical research should be made open access

The Guardian


Secure the Internet

Nature


Interview with Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

I did an interview with The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, which they've published in both text and MP3 form. We talked about Pirate Cinema, Rapture of the Nerds, the Humble Ebook Bundle, the future of publishing, the Disney/Star Wars merger, and lots more:


Wired: Do you ever get letters from kids who have been inspired by your books to become hacker anarchists?

Doctorow: Yeah, all the time — at least to become hackers, and political activists. My first young-adult novel Little Brother had an afterword with a bibliography for kids who want to get involved in learning how security works, learning how computers work, learning how to program them, learning how to take them apart, learning how to solve their problems with technology as well as with politics. And the number of kids who have written to me and said that they became programmers after reading that, I couldn’t even count them. I’ve had similar responses to my second young-adult novel, For the Win, and I’ve also heard from kids who’ve read Pirate Cinema. In fact, we published an editorial by one of them on Boing Boing — an anonymous reader who makes her own movies out of Japanese anime, and who talked about what drives her and how the book resonated with her.


With Pirate Cinema, Cory Doctorow Grows His Young Hacker Army


There’s no way to stop children viewing porn in Starbucks

The Guardian


Giving online customers the chance to pay what they want works

The Guardian


Automated calls, fraud and the banks: a mismatch made in hell

The Guardian


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