Cory Doctorow – Dark Patterns and Bad Business Models

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Jefferson Theater

110 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Join us for a special talk by science fiction author and digital rights advocate Cory Doctorow. This talk is a keynote presentation that is part of the edUi conference presented in partnership with Virginia Center for the Book, both are programs of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Tickets are $15.

A book signing and sale by New Dominion Books will follow.

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of Walkaway, a novel for adults, a YA graphic novel called In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, and young adult novels like HomelandPirate Cinema, and Little Brother. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Dark Patterns and Bad Business Models: “I Can’t Let You Do That, Dave.”

There are lots of ways to think about computers: as communications devices, as data-storage systems, as computational engines. The underlying technical reality is that they’re all of the above. It’s fine to treat a computer as an appliance as a matter of convenience. But we cross a line when our design goes just a little further, and threatens the restrictions imposed by giant multinationals. This design pattern treats the owners of computers as adversaries of their devices. This Bad Idea makes a small group of people very rich, and harms the rest of us — and the first in line to get bitten in the ass are schools, archives, libraries and public institutions.

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