Cory Doctorow: The Totalitarian Urge

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Opinion

A few hours ago Arieanna and I went to hear Cory Doctorow give a talk called “Cory Doctorow: The Totalitarian Urge: total information awareness and the cosmic billiards”. He describes it:

“It’s about how technology changes the way we view social problems,” says Doctorow. “Older mechanical technologies make us see the world as deterministic, knowable and manipulable. New emergent technologies like the Internet teach us that control is an illusion, the universe is out of control and laughing at us, and that the more we watch and control, the more problems we have.”

He talked about things like DRM, privacy, Copyright and how this all comes together to change the way we live now and what the future may hold if we let governments and corporations do as they like, unchecked. More control is not always better.

I recorded the lecture and you can download download an mp3 from the Internet Archive

11 Responses to “Cory Doctorow: The Totalitarian Urge”

  1. [...] IanIv from Blogaholics attended my talk on privacy in Vancouver last night and made an audio recording — he’s put it online already. Thanks, Ian! [...]

  2. trev says:

    I was quite the pouty little geek last due to missing this lecture. Thanks for the quick posting – now I’ve got some listening for my morning commute.

  3. [...] It was a packed event, and a great speech (the same one he’s been delivering elsewhere of late). Ivaniv at Blogaholics has posted audio from the event. [...]

  4. [...] UPDATE: Ianiv recorded the session, for those who were busy watching Jeff Cowan score his sixth goal in four games. [...]

  5. Chris Brand says:

    Fro those that missed it, he’s giving the same talk at 3:30 today (Friday 9th) at SFU’s Burnaby campus.

    Well worth going.

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    Thanks to Richard Eriksson I can see and (thanks to Ianiv Schweber) hear what I missed last night:

  8. Alex Smith says:

    The audio for Cory Doctorow’s speech, “The Totalitarian Urge” at SFU campus in Vancouver, up on the hill, is found at this page:

    I recorded it for CFRO radio in Vancouver – it’s a pretty good quality listen.

    Alex Smith
    Radio Ecoshock

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  10. ianiv says:

    An email pointed me to a full transcript of the Burnaby Campus talk:
    Thanks Martin.

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