On Tuesday, October 13th, Cory Doctorow, science fiction author, Co-Editor of Boing Boing and someone who has great ideas on the intersection of culture, technology and privacy, will participate in the round table discussion: “The Remote-Controlled Society”. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is open.
The roundtable focuses on the increasing corporate lockdown of computers and what will happen as computers move into more of our things:
With computers in nearly all of our machines (cars, refrigerators, etc.), people increasingly have less control over these devices. Corporations claim that Digital Rights Management is necessary to fight copyright infringement and viruses, but its real function appears to be destroying whatever they consider “unauthorized” uses of their hardware and software. Such restrictions built into computers to supposedly protect royalty demands are making computers less useful and businesses less innovative. Do you risk felony conviction to report a bug in critical technology? Will the bank lock you out of your house if you fall behind on the mortgage? Have we created a Digital Rights Management monster?
It will be at the C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston. It starts at 6:30pm and ends as 8:00 pm.
Cory Doctorow will be signing copies of his latest books after the round table.
Joining him are:
- Rebecca Curtin, Assistant Professor of Law with a focus on copyrights, Suffolk Law School
- Benjamin K. Ngugi, Associate Professor, Information Systems & Operations Management Department, Suffolk University
- Leonid Reyzin, Professor of Computer Science with a focus on cryptography, Boston University
It is co-presented by the Ford Hall Forum, Suffolk University’s College of Arts & Sciences and Boston’s Literary District.