This day in history

2009, 2014, 2019, 2023.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readMay 21, 2024

For the rest of May, my bestselling solarpunk utopian novel The Lost Cause (2023) is available as a $2.99, DRM-free ebook!

#15yrsago Got a cell-phone? FCC claims the right to search your house

#15yrsago Infinite Typewriters: Goats webcomic collection is transcendantly silly without being forced

#15yrsago Fight terrorism by arresting terrorists, not by looking at our genitals at airports

#15yrsago Lessig reviews Helprin’s embarrassing infinite copyright, bloggers-are-stupid, Creative Commons is evil book

#10yrsago Podcast: Firefox’s adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart

#10yrsago Interviews with & portraits of sex-machine makers

#10yrsago Steve Wozniak explains Net Neutrality to the FCC

#10yrsago Disneyland’s original prospectus revealed!

#10yrsago Jo Walton’s “My Real Children”: infinitely wise, sad and uplifting novel

#5yrsago That billionaire who paid off a graduating class’s student loans also supports the hedge-fundie’s favorite tax loophole

#5yrsago TOSsed out: EFF catalogs the perverse ways that platform moderation policies hurt the people they’re supposed to protect

#5yrsago How Warner Chappell was able to steal revenues from 25% of a popular Minecraft vlogger’s channels

#5yrsago Notorious forum for account-thieves hacked, login and messages stolen and dumped

#5yrsago A look back at the sales training for Radio Shack’s Model 100, a groundbreaking early laptop

#5yrsago DRM and terms-of-service have ended true ownership, turning us into “tenants of our own devices”

#5yrsago Research shows that 2FA and other basic measures are incredibly effective at preventing account hijacking

#5yrsago A deep dive into the internal politics, personalities and social significance of the Googler Uprising

#1yrago Dumping links like Galileo dumped the orange