Cory Doctorow and Alan Brough: What is the best way to destroy the internet before it destroys us?
What does the internet offer in terms of political freedom and social mobility, privacy and big data, and broadcasting and publishing and political change – and what does it cost us? Blogger, science fiction author, Electronic Frontier Foundation special advisor and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow speaks with broadcaster Alan Brough about whether we should really destroy the internet – or whether it instead needs our protection.
Cory Doctorow is co-editor of BoingBoing and the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger and the co-editor of Boing Boing. He is the author of the YA graphic novel In Real Life, the non-fiction business book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, as well as other young adult novels and novels for adults. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group.
Alan Brough was born in New Zealand and is quite a bit older than he'd like to be. Alan has always loved books and, from an early age, wanted to be a writer. Then he and his Dad went to see Star Wars and Alan decided that, actually, he really, really, really, really, really wanted to be an actor.
After having been an actor for a while Alan realised there wasn't that much work for a 6'4" guy with a slightly lopsided face and thick curly hair so he tried his hand at directing, broadcasting, composing, dancing (true!), singing and, in an unexpected turn of events, being a professional music nerd.
Recently, he got around to being a writer.
One day he hopes to have a bio that includes phrases like 'bestselling', 'award-winning' and 'so successful that he recently bought a solid gold toilet' but, until then, he's just happy to look at his copy of Charlie and the War Against the Grannies and think: 'Cool! I wrote a book!'