February 17, 2021 - 1:30am PST

EFF Special Advisor Cory Doctorow presents a talk for Purdue University's Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) seminar series, entitled "Technology, Self-Determination, and the Future of the Future."

Self-determination is the key to human thriving; it's also the enemy of both dictatorships and monopolies. It's no coincidence that commercial imperatives of tech monopolies create the infrastructure for political oppression. The public-private-partnership from hell looks like this: companies install surveillance and other system of control to extract higher rents from their customers and ward off competitors. Then states seize that surveillance and control apparatus to gain and consolidate power.

That's the bad news. The good news is that it means that those of us fighting dictatorships have natural allegiances with those fighting monopolies -- and vice versa.