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Cory Doctorow (@Doctorow) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of the young adult graphic novel In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want to be Free and young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema, and Little Brother, and novels for adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London. Visit his website.
In Cory Doctorow’s collection of short stories Context, he references ideas about technology, its utilization and future promises in a way that people without technological expertise can appreciate. As a tech maven Doctorow exudes a wealth of knowledge about all things digital, which speaks to the interests of our readers and staff because of the world we operate in: digital reading, e-books, and mobile reading applications. His stories reach across a wide breadth of human thought, such as analysis of how the Internet brings him and his daughter closer through personally curated content that they enjoy together. As technology continues to inundate our lives, Doctorow looks to how we can harness existing technologies for societal gain, something we at Worldreader look to achieve in parallel. Still, it’s important that we examine the impact these changes can have on humanity and should tailor our work to fit a mold in which people benefit the most. Doctorow’s Context, therefore, teaches us about topics which speak to the future of digital literacy.