This day in history

2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2020.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readOct 10, 2021


#20yrsago Jihadis march with picture of Osama bin Laden and Bert from Sesame Street

#15yrsago TiVo’s “self-destruct button” destructs

#15yrsago Disney exec: Piracy is just a business model

#15yrsago TSA confiscates geologist’s rock,0,777555.column?coll=hc-headlines-oped

#10yrsago Pratchett’s Snuff: a rural/nautical tale of drawing-room gentility, racism, and justice

#10yrsago Iceweasel, a free-as-in-speech version of Firefox

#5yrsago RBS deliberately crushed more than 1,000 healthy UK businesses to seize and sell their assets

#5yrsago Scotland Yard charge: teaching people to use crypto is an act of terrorism

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 (Tor, 2023); and The Lost Cause, a utopian post-GND novel about truth and reconciliation with white nationalist militias (Tor, 2023).



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