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Epicenter brings you in-depth conversations about the technical, economic and social implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. Every week, we interview business leaders, engineers academics and entrepreneurs, and bring you a diverse spectrum of opinions and points of view. Epicenter is hosted by Sebastien Couture, Brian Fabian Crain, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal, and Friederike Ernst. Since 2014, episodes have been downloaded over 4 million times.
25 Aug 2020 • 1 hour 6 mins
Cory Doctorow is a blogger, author, and podcaster known for being cypherpunk and activist. For over two decades, he has been a central figure in the fight for digital rights, creative commons, and an open Web. In the midst of the global pandemic, Cory has been vocal about the risks on digital rights and the Patriot Act-ification of security and surveillance measures implemented by governments worldwide. We spoke about his early days, growing up in Canada and discovering the intersection of technology and arts on the web. He also shares his thoughts on crypto its role in the broader vision for the decentralized Web.Topics covered in this episode:- Cory’s background and how he became interested in science fiction, technology and activism- The role of technology in society and how this has changed over the years- Cory’s views on regulations and the government’s ability to influence technology- Cory’s thoughts on blockchain and cryptocurrency and the impact of energy mining- The current state of the economy- Can crypto as a tool for governance bring something good to the world?- What Cory is currently working on and how you can learn more about himEpisode links: - [Pluralistic blog](https://pluralistic.net/)- [Newsletter](https://pluralistic.net/plura-list)- [New and past novels](https://craphound.com)- [Electronic Frontier Foundation](https://www.eff.org/)- [Cory at Reset Everything](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xf-cFs2Og4)- [Cory on Twitter](https://twitter.com/doctorow)This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Brian Fabian Crain. Show notes and listening options: [epicenter.tv/354](https://epicenter.tv/354)