This day in history

2001, 2006, 2016, 2020

Cory Doctorow
2 min readAug 7, 2021


#20yrsago American lies about Canadian health care

#20yrsago Definitive primer on search-engine optimization

#15yrsago Duran Duran moves to Second Life, will gig there

#5yrsago Researchers learn about wire-fraud scam after Nigerian scammers infect themselves with their own malware

#5yrsago Foreign influence: how a Chinese businessman funneled $1.3M to Jeb Bush’s campaign

#1yrago California DMV’s $50m/year data selloff

#1yrago Novartis’s $678m bribery scandal

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, and blogger. He has a podcast, a newsletter, a Twitter feed, a Mastodon feed, and a Tumblr feed. He was born in Canada, became a British citizen and now lives in Burbank, California. His latest nonfiction book is How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism. His latest novel for adults is Attack Surface. His latest short story collection is Radicalized. His latest picture book is Poesy the Monster Slayer. His latest YA novel is Pirate Cinema. His latest graphic novel is In Real Life. His forthcoming books include The Shakedown (with Rebecca Giblin), a book about artistic labor market and excessive buyer power; Red Team Blues, a noir thriller about cryptocurrency, corruption and money-laundering; and The Lost Cause, a utopian post-GND novel about truth and reconciliation with white nationalist militias.



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