Cory Doctorow is leading the fight to have digital locks removed from ebooks and other material that you own.
To lead the fight, the EFF has brought in Cory Doctorow, celebrated author, co-founder of blog institution Boing Boing, and originator of “Doctorow’s Law”, which sums up the dilemma neatly: “Any time someone puts a lock on something you own, against your wishes, and doesn’t give you the key, they’re not doing it for your benefit.” For Doctorow, and for many others, computers should exist to do what we tell them to do: “It’s the difference between ‘Yes, master’ and ‘I can’t let you do that, Dave’.”
Wednesday night I was travelling home on the tube and I found a book, lovingly placed there by the good people at Books On The Underground. It is a wonderful idea, which I believe has made it Stateside to NYC as well. Besides giving away free books, Books on the Underground also have a wonderful blog with some reviews, a book club and plenty of information about this wonderful organisation.
I tweet, so I perhaps should read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.
If you tweet, maybe you should too.