This day in history

2009, 2014, 2019.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readJun 23, 2024

On July 14, I’m giving the closing keynote for the fifteenth Hackers On Planet Earth, in Queens, NY. On July 20, I’m appearing at Chicago’s Exile in Bookville.

#15yrsago Asking sf writers to imagine terrorist scenarios is stupid https://www.wired.com/2009/06/how-science-fiction-writers-can-help-or-hurt-homeland-security/

#15yrsago Lancaster, PA: the most spied-upon town in America https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2009-jun-21-na-spycam-city21-story.html

#15yrsago US Department of Defense classes protests as “low-level terrorism” https://web.archive.org/web/20090616112119/http://open.salon.com/blog/dennis_loo/2009/06/14/dod_training_manual_protests_are_low-level_terrorism

#15yrsago Nokia and Siemens provided surveillance tools used to bust Iranian activists https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/13/europe39s-telecoms-aid-with-spy-tech/

#15yrsago AOL CDs make great shims for home carpentry projects https://web.archive.org/web/20090625023007/http://antfarmjournal.com/AF-Journal/AOLshim9-21-9/index.html

#15yrsago Some Kindle books have secret caps on the number of times you can download them https://memex.craphound.com/2009/06/22/some-kindle-books-have-secret-caps-on-the-number-of-times-you-can-download-them/

#15yrsago Germany gets its first Pirate Party lawmaker https://www.thelocal.de/politics/20090621-20093.html

#10yrsago CS Lewis explains why you should be proud to read children’s books https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=9117

#10yrsago Watch a Texas lawman’s pathetic scramble for a reason not to record him https://www.techdirt.com/2014/06/20/texas-deputy-displays-ignorance-laws-hes-enforcing-while-trying-to-shut-down-citizens-recording/

#5yrsago In a bid to avoid climate vote, Oregon Republican Senators cross state lines, go into hiding, threaten to murder cops, as white nationalist paramilitaries pledge armed support https://www.vox.com/2019/6/21/18700741/oregon-republican-walkout-climate-change-bill

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