June 26, 2007 | By Hugh D'Andrade

Doctorow Podcasts "The Hacker Crackdown"

Somewhere in his busy schedule ? in between writing brilliant sci-fi novels, commenting on the current state of copyright law and intellectual property, co-editing the popular blog BoingBoing, and teaching at USC ? EFF Fellow Cory Doctorow finds time to podcast.

Cory has been podcasting his fiction, reading his novels in serialized form that can be downloaded from his site as MP3, since 2005. Having mostly sped through his own work, he is now moving on to other people?s stuff, and he is starting with Bruce Sterling?s seminal book, The Hacker Crackdown.

Sterling?s 1992 book recounts the early history of the hacker subculture, the rise of the Internet, and the founding of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The book was a major influence on a generation of hackers, writers, techies, and activists, and obviously Cory was one of them. Notably, Sterling released the book in downloadable form in 1994, a bold statement that Cory credits as having inspired him to do the same.

The book will be available in bite-sized podcasts each week on Cory?s site, and should be completed in about 20 weeks.


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