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Saturday, April 29 • 10:00 - 10:50
Censorship and Information Control

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Since long before the Inquisition, both institutions and individuals have been trying to control access to information: sometimes by destroying it, more often by seeking to restrict its circulation, whether for financial gain or social power. Such efforts at information control are likely to keep happening in any possible future. The ways this has been done historically, and the effects it has had, are not always those we'd expect. We will discuss how information control has happened historically, how it is happening right now, depictions of it in fiction, and how it might play out in the future.

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Cory Doctorow

Guest of Honor
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of many books, most recently WALKAWAY, a novel for adults, IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel; INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, a book about earning... Read More →
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ada palmer

Guest of Honor
Historian. Author. Composer. Teacher. Blogger. Ada Palmer does considerable research on everything media, from historical texts to anime and manga. She writes both science fiction and fantasy novels, and composes music in the same genres. Ada teaches in the History Department of... Read More →

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 - 10:50 EDT