This day in history

2003, 2008, 2013, 2018, 2022.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readDec 3, 2023


Next Tuesday (Dec 5), I’m at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC, with my new solarpunk novel The Lost Cause, which’s Bill McKibben called “The first great YIMBY novel: perceptive, scientifically sound, and extraordinarily hopeful.”

#20yrsago What happens when you give gamers intellectual property rights?

#15yrsago Little Nemo in Slumberland, Many More Splendid Sundays — a new gigantic collection of Winsor McCay’s lush and surreal comics

#15yrsago What is non-commercial use? Creative Commons survey

#15yrsago Women in science group want a female Doctor Who

#15yrsago US military interrogator decries torture — worse than useless

#10yrsago UN counter-terrorism rapporteur announces investigation into NSA and GCHQ surveillance

#10yrsago Podcasting Lawful Interception, a Little Brother story

#10yrsago Terabyte laptop SSDs for $435!

#5yrsago Med students are being paid to act as Instagram “influencers” on behalf of cosmetics and other products

#5yrsago Spiegel claims ties between Germany’s neofascist movement and secretive billionaire

#5yrsago A seemingly ingenious, simple solution to nonrepresentative government and gerrymandering

#5yrsago We don’t know how much Village Roadshow paid to buy Australia’s new censoring copyright law

#5yrsago The best Christmas computer and electronics ads of 1980

#5yrsago An appreciation of the long-lost MP3 player skins of yesteryear

#1yrago The urinary tract infection business-model

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