This day in history

2004, 2009, 2014, 2019, 2023.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readApr 18, 2024


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#20yrsago The RIAA’s Clean Slate “amnesty” euthanized

#20yrsago 1995 web-hosting rates

#15yrsago UK wine-sellers declare that wine has horoscopes, advise wine-drinkers to avoid certain moon-days

#10yrsago Army comes clean about its recruitment AI, accidentally discloses info about pedophile- and terrorist-catching chatbots that roam the net

#5yrsago Pepsi won’t put a billboard in space after all

#5yrsago The Antitrust Case Against Facebook: a turning point in the debate over Big Tech and monopoly

#5yrsago The sovereign nation of Iceland has finally invalidated the European trademark on “Iceland,” formerly held by a British discount grocery chain

#5yrsago Dentistry’s evidentiary vacuum allows profiteering butchers to raid our mouths for millions

#5yrsago 1% of England owns half of England

#5yrsago Effective July 15, British porn consumers will be required entrust their sexual tastes to private companies’ badly secured databases

#5yrsago We lost the fight for balance in the EU’s Copyright Directive, but here’s what we won

#5yrsago John Oliver tackles the Sacklers: the litigious, secretive billionaires whose family business engineered the opioid crisis

#1yrago How tech does regulatory capture