Cory Doctorow will be visiting the Open University on Thursday 26th February and giving a presentation in the Berrill Lecture Theatre at mid-day.<br /><br />His talk is entitled 'Freedom and Technology Who’s the Master?' and will be about the conflict between modern technology and the right to free expression. It will cover everything from anti-terrorist legislation cracking down on free speech to the use of sophisticated cryptography preventing customers using media as they wish.<br /><br/><br/><br /><br /><br />Doctorow is a prominent novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (<a href="http://www.boingboing.net">www.boingboing.net</a>), and a contributor to The Guardian, Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (<a href="http://www.eff.org">www.eff.org</a>), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.<br /><br />His novels are published by Tor Books and simultaneously released on the Internet (<a href="http://www.craphound.com">www.craphound.com</a>) under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards.<br /><br/><br/><br />His recent novel Little Brother is an exploration of the effects of pervasive surveillance in modern Western society has won praise from the likes of Neil Gaiman. His latest non-fiction book is (c)ontent: selected essays on technology, creativity, copyright and the future of the future.