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All Complex Ecosystems Have Parasites
Cory Doctorow, Canada-US Fulbright Chair, Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California

Date: Wednesday, March 16
Time: 9:15am - 9:30am
Location: California Ballroom B & C

From the copyfight to e-voting, from spamfighting to trusted computing, from Whuffie to digital identity, there is a pervasive thread running through those who would "fix" the Internet: that it is BROKEN. The Internet isn't broken: successful models for adapting to the Internet treat its "flaws" (unlimited copying, anonymity, unreliability) as features, not bugs. In this session, Doctorow runs down the state of the union in thinking across business, regulators, treaty organizations, lawmakers, lobbyists, technologists, and science fiction writers who are working to envision a "better" Internet, and, you know, make fun of them.

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