2014/07/10 Cory Doctorow Talk

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#wcclsreads

Up: Cory Doctorow: "Information Doesn't Want To Be Free" (@doctorow)

  • @hertling: Sitting here with @RealGeneKim waiting for @doctorow to speak at Beaverton City Library
  • @villares: RT @wccls: Come to @BeavertonLib tonight, connect to this @LibraryBoxen, and download Cory @doctorow's e-books! #wcclsreads http://t.co/QRc
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  • .@doctorow takes the stage!
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  • .@doctorow: "Information Doesn't Want To Be Free"
  • .@doctorow: "the world we live in is made up of networked computers; cars, this library w/o computers would be uninhabitable
  • .@doctorow: "The 747 I flew here in is full of computers; it's solaris computer in a big, expensive aluminum case"
  • it's in our bodies, hearing aids, pacemakers, etc.
  • .@doctorow: "all this risk around computers means very likely that it will be regulated; talking about copyright wars
  • .@doctorow: "20 yrs ago, the big risk was copying programs on floppy disks; copy protection (flaw on disk, bad sector; turn to manual, provide word at location)
  • .@doctorow: "copy protection never worked; like ciphertext (exe), descrambler (another exe) and key; descrambled programs always thrown away
  • @BeavertonLib: Energetic crowd ready to hear @doctorow at Beaverton Library. #wcclsreads http://t.co/HVoPftDGCs
  • .@doctorow: "Alice -> Bob; Carol can see traffic, but encrypted. citing bruce schneier; coyote devised roadrunner trap that only works on roadrunners stupider than you"
  • .@doctorow: "All of security relies upon Carol doesn't have the key
  • .@doctorow: "In copy protection world, we just have Bob (publisher); everyone else is Alice; key is hidden in content somewhere
  • .@doctorow: "Any grad student with tunneling microscope can find the key, and tell everyone else; protected becomes unprotected
  • .@doctorow: "DRM is fool's errand; break once, break everywhere; broken-DRM versions always more common than DRMed
  • .@doctorow: "Thought exprmt: 2 vers of species: 1 neutered (DRM) & 1 fecud (broken DRM); over generations, fecund wins
  • .@doctorow: "UN WIPO: World Intellectual Property Org; passed copyright treat; meant to be law for modern age
  • .@doctorow: "proclaimed that breaking digital lock was illegal, share keys, host keys, tell people to break locks; 1998 Digital Millenium Copyright Act
  • @BeavertonLib: Doctorow: Security relies on wishful thinking to protect copyright w/DRM. It actually makes copies easier to find than original.
  • .@doctorow: "Trans-Pacific Union; secret meetings in Canada
  • @wccls: WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT): most important task is to control digital copies of works. In US, this is expressed as DMCA.
  • RT @wccls: WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT): most important task: control digital copies of works. In US, this is expressed as DMCA.
  • .@doctorow: "buy $1000 of CDs and DVDs; stick in vault for 18 yrs; CDs now ringtone, etc. value of CDs has ballooned; DVDs have not one legal feature added
  • .@doctorow: "2 yrs after DVD came out, a Norwegian made it possible to rip them; Handbrake based on it
  • .@doctorow: "
  • @wccls: Heck yeah we remember Tower Records! DVDs first mainstream product with DRM-type technology (1996). - @doctorow
  • .@doctorow: "What happened to all the latent value in DVDs; trousered by
  • .@doctorow: "John Oliver; on DRM meetings in Europe; if you want to do something evil, hide it in something boring (like standards docs)
  • .@doctorow: "flag tv shows, so when broadcast to you, make it so you can only watch in same room as receiver
  • .@doctorow: "UTI: in CDs, value passes in gush; in DVDs, value flows in painful drips, only when publisher wants to let you have it
  • .@doctorow: "b/c it's illegal to break DRM, it's also illegal to tell people of flaws of devices that DRM runs on" (!!)
  • .@doctorow: "Heartbleed bug: 11 on scale of 1-10; don't use your computer this week
  • .@doctorow: "@BeavertonLib: #corydoctorow DVDs were among first formats to incorporate DRM; in 18 years, there have not been any added legal options.
  • RT @BeavertonLib: @doctorow DVDs were among 1st formats to incorporate DRM; in 18 yrs, no new legal feature or options added
  • .@doctorow: "to make a DVD player, you have to promise XXX agency that you will develop in robust way (ie, closed, insecure)
  • .@doctorow: "DRM obscures computer features from the user; can't prevent hal9000.exe from being run, or kill it;
  • .@doctorow describing why DVDs are so maddening; we aren't able to disable/skip hours of movie previews; Argh.
  • @BeavertonLib: "Robust" is not open-- it must lock out users and hide some of the features, treating users as the adversary. #corydoctorow
  • .@doctorow: "2005: Sony/BMG: $SYS blindspot put in PCs to prevent CD ripping; millions computers infected by virus this way
  • .@doctorow: "TAO: Tailored Access Operations; NSA service: give them mobile device, USB; vulnerability; US Supreme Court has shown mobile phones is super important to us
  • .@doctorow: "Found iPhone vulnerability; instead of reporting it; NOBUS doctrine (Nobody But Us) depends on long-lived bugs; assumed no one else will use that exploit
  • .@doctorow: "Amazing thing: day before Jacob reported TAO, another team reported same iPhone vulnerability;
  • @wccls: Sony/BMG DRM mechanism for CDs, 2005. Prevented users from ripping. Virus writers took advantage of the opportunity. - @doctorow
  • @BeavertonLib: Whenever there is a hole in the immune system, there's an opportunistic infection. DRM creates intentional holes #corydoctorow
  • RT @BeavertonLib: When there's hole in immune system, there's opportunistic infection. DRM creates intentional holes
  • .@doctorow: "RAT tool; mostly used by young men, targeting young women, tricking to website, sw install; capture incidental photos
  • .@doctorow: "RATters arrested around the world; Cassidy Wolf (Miss Teen USA) ratted; 140+ people exploited by that person
  • @westslopelib: ‘Bugs in our code are an existential threat to everything we do with our computers.’ @doctorow @wccls #WCCLSreads
  • .@doctorow: "NOBUS is a dead doctrine; any security vulnerability will be globally exploited; it gets scarier when risk is to computers in house/body
  • .@doctorow: "Barnaby Jack; showed that he could attack implanted defibrillators from 10 ft away
  • @westslopelib: ‘Nt knowing abt bugs in yr computer doesn’t just make you vulnerable spies but vulnerable to your garden variety creep’ @wccls
  • .@doctorow: "If we found toxic stuff leaking into our water supply, who would make it illegal to tell someone about it?"
  • @wccls: 'Nobody but us' is a dead doctrine. Bad people will find security flaws and exploit them to their fullest. #ratters - @doctorow
  • .@doctorow: "Being general purpose seems to be universal tendency; Magic The Gathering is nearly Turing complete" (aha)
  • @hertling: RT @BeavertonLib: Whenever there is a hole in the immune system, there's an opportunistic infection. DRM creates intentional holes #corydoc
  • .@doctorow: "When Ghaddafi regime fell, in their data ctrs were tons of computing equip that they weren't supposed to have
  • .@doctorow: "NSA techs using world's most elaborate surveillance to find cute girls (called it LUVINT); this stuff will be misused
  • .@doctorow: "It's dangerous, because our front line of defense; defenders often think 'we don't have this problem'
  • .@doctorow: "we can build root kits, we can have motes in our computers eyes; we can allow nation states to XXX; or we can say no
  • .@doctorow: "Netflix approached all major browsers to prevent saving videos to disk; now DRM in every browser (a poisonous technology); did we really have to capitulate? unlikely studios would have abandoned the web
  • .@doctorow: "spying on everyone in the world in the name of preventing terrorism; wrong side of history
  • @wccls: Network security is a team sport. Everyone needs to play or it doesn't really work. - #corydoctorow
  • .@doctorow: "It's urgent, as urgent as things can get; if devices aren't open or free; we need everyone involved, pushing back that controlling networks or devices is the right way
  • .@doctorow: "Whenever you give bureaucracies the tools to indiscriminately censor the web, they will..."
  • .@doctorow: "More than wanting to buy my kids a new pair of shoes, I want my kids to live in a world that is free
  • @wccls: "How can we minimize the technology that takes away our freedom? Maximize that which makes us free?" - @doctorow
  • .@doctorow: "Today, crypto can protect data, even if all H2 atoms turned into CPUs, working till heat death of universe"
  • Sheesh. @doctorow is a poet. "until the heat death of the universe"; I'll use that in every sentence tomorrow. :)
  • @wccls: RT @BeavertonLib: The universe wants us to keep secrets. #corydoctorow citing Alan Turing
  • .@doctorow: "People with nothing to hide must obscure their data; to make it easier for people who actually have data to hide, through no fault of their own
  • @BeavertonLib: Edward Snowden disclosures has created consumer demand for privacy tools by average users. #corydoctorow
  • @BeavertonLib: @BeavertonLib: Edward Snowden disclosures created consumer demand for privacy tools by average users. #corydoctorow
  • @wccls: #EdwardSnowden has now made us (regular folk) care about our privacy. #corydoctorow
  • .@doctorow: "We don't expect governments to enforce Terms of Service; like using cell in restaurant & expecting govt to foot the bill to enforce it; usually only rich weirdos can enforce crazy rules
  • .@doctorow: "If u disable DRM, US govt foots bill for civil case, even criminal cases; odd that govt enforces Terms of Svc
  • .@doctorow noting oddity of US govt pays bill to enforce company's Terms of Svc, even tho no copyright viol (ie Netflix)@BeavertonLib: A difference between laws and terms of service: govt doesn't have a role in enforcing TOS. #corydoctorow
  • RT @BeavertonLib: A difference between laws and terms of service: govt doesn't have a role in enforcing TOS. #corydoctorow
  • @wccls: Very thorough! RT @hertling: Notes from Cory @Doctorow talk at Beaverton City Library http://t.co/FaQ64lQaFQ
  • RT @hertling: My notes from Cory @Doctorow talk at Beaverton City Library http://t.co/FaQ64lQaFQ
  • .@doctorow: "we tell teens on Facebook that your privacy is valuable, you can never get it back; but it's okay if we take it (surveillance state)
  • .@doctorow: "
  • @wccls: 'I don't use Facebook. Facebook is a scarebox (Skinner box?) to get people to undervalue their privacy.' - #corydoctorow
  • .@doctorow: "Legal code, normative code; markets; and software"
  • .@doctorow: "Lawrence Lessig; this is the problem I want to work on. Started SuperPAC Mayday.US to fund Congess people to abolish SuperPAC"
  • .@doctorow: "Lawrence Lessig started SuperPAC called Mayday.US to fund Congess ppl who support abolishing SuperPACs
  • .@doctorow: "That Snowden still in news 1 yr after is amazing; friends say 'we haven't even gotten to good stuff yet'
  • .@doctorow: "There's a big difference between private and secret; I know what your parents did to create you
  • .@doctorow: "Anytime you put a gun on mantle in Act 1, it will go off and kill someone by Act 3 (nation-state surveillance)
  • .@doctorow: "Think about how great it would be to have a lawmaker that we aren't ashamed of" (Har har)
  • .@doctorow: "On Europe right to privacy;
  • @westslopelib: “Never been a single leak from NSA before Snowden” @wccls @BeavertonLib
  • @exactmeasure: RT @wccls: Come to @BeavertonLib tonight, connect to this @LibraryBoxen, and download Cory @doctorow's e-books! #wcclsreads http://t.co/QRc
  • @wccls: #CoryDoctorow was very inspired by the Robert Heinlein 'juveniles' as a writer. #SciFi #wcclsreads http://t.co/OPL4p4quD3
  • "We have lots of ways to talk about valuable stuff w/o property rights; like my daughter; insruance companies; we recoil when people use 'property talk' abou people; me and my wife has an interest in my daughter; those interests are expressed in law; things can be important without being treated as property
  • "we have let the metaphor of markets take over; for example: schools aren't businesses; parents aren't customers; quarterly reports;
  • "librarians aren't allowed to call people 'patrons', now 'customers'; we impovrish ourselves with good language"@wccls: 'We have let the metaphor of markets & property define interests that should not be financially monetized.' - #corydoctorow
  • RT @wccls: 'We have let metaphor of markets & property define interests that should not be financially monetized.' - @doctorow
  • .@doctorow: "term 'intellectual property' wasn't widely used before 1970s; was called maker's monopoly, but impossible to ask Congress for bigger monopoly
  • .@doctorow: "copyright test: did you handle copies? that dictated whether you were in entertainment industry; has not kept up w/times"
  • .@doctorow: "Universal Studios has very complex rules building Harry Potter theme park licensed from JK Rowling; girl building fan site cannot handle that level of rules"
  • @wccls: The term #IntellectualProperty dates back from 1970s. Before that, in legalese, we had 'creators monopolies.' - #corydoctorow
  • RT @wccls: term #IntellectualProperty grew after 1970s. Before that, we called it 'creators monopolies.' - @doctorow
  • .@doctorow: "When u read book (or use app), u shouldn't need lawyer to read term of svc, giving publisher crazy rights