Keynote Announcement - Cory Doctorow

December 22, 2020

Exciting news! We're thrilled to announce that Cory Doctorow will be one of our keynote speakers at 2021.

Be sure to grab a ticket to hear Cory explain how software freedom is essential to human freedom, and discuss the urgency of reclaiming our digital rights in an era of digital monopolies.

About Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, journalist and technology activist. He’s a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate and a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science.

Cory is the award-winning author of Walkaway, Little Brother, and Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free (among many others). His latest book released earlier this year is Attack Surface, a standalone adult sequel to Little Brother. His novels have been translated into dozens of languages.

Cory co-founded the open source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organisation, using some of their licenses for his books.

In his speeches, Cory Doctorow outlines key issues of the digital age - in particular, the confluence of intellectual property law, futurism and politics. According to Cory, digital copyright laws have, in general, not served either creators or users well since the dawn of the internet.

You can follow Cory’s blog at

We are looking forward to welcoming Cory to 2021.


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Have you received your SwagBadge yet?

Our awesome Open Hardware team have been building the LCA2021 SwagBadge for the past few months. They reached an exciting milestone this week, starting to send out badges to delegates!

We wanted to send a very special shout out to our SwagBadge team: Jon Oxer, Andy Gelme, Nicola Nye, John Spencer and Andrew Nielsen. Without them all those parcels of goodies wouldn’t have made it to our attendees. There are still some badges left, so if you’re in Australia make sure you grab a ticket today and choose to get a SwagBadge!


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