An organisation devoted to public health can't depend on public sickness.
—Cory Doctorow, author, activist, journalist
Cory Doctorow spends his time blogging, writing science fiction novels and thinking about technology.
He is the co-editor of boingboing.net where discussion focuses on comic books, videogames, TV shows, music, movies, gadgets, apps and more.
Doctorow will be the opening keynote speaker at this year's Canadian
Library Association National Conference and Trade Show. It's being held
in Winnipeg from May 29 - June 1 and will
attract librarians from across the country.
Doctorow is the author of the bestselling teen novel Little Brother, his latest young adult novel is called Homeland and his latest novel for adults is Rapture of the Nerds.
SCENE wanted to know what Doctorow likes to read, when he's not writing for every age group, that is:
"Black Code" by Ronald J Diebert (Signal)
Ronald J. Diebert's Black Code
is a just-published account of the way that the needs of government surveillance, organized crime, terrorists, industry and espionage all converge when it comes to the Internet.
Whether you're a criminal or a crime-fighter, it seems, you want to have an Internet and computers that can be compromised -- listened in upon, remotely controlled, censored and blinded.
Diebert calls on the surveillance industry to make good on its claim to want a safe and secure cyberspace, by taking on a mantle of "stewardship" for the Internet.
Rather than hoping that computers remain insecure enough to spy on terrorists or deploy cyberwar tools like Stuxnet, those who want to secure our cyberspace need to help us all have tools that are as secure as possible -- even if that makes spying harder.
It's easy to see that we shouldn't avert the coming crisis in paying for geriatric medicine by encouraging people to smoke more and die earlier. An organisation devoted to public health can't depend on public sickness. Likewise, a government devoted to a secure cyberspace
cannot depend on the insecurity of networked computers to attain it.Cory Doctorow is the opening keynote speaker at the CLA 2013 National Conference and Trade Show on Thursday May 30 at 9 a.m. at Winnipeg's Convention Centre.