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Cory Doctorow on freedom and the information society, Ramez Naam on the War on drugs and War on terror, and their acceptance speeches at the London Worldcon 2014 Prometheus Awards ceremony

Excerpts from the Prometheus Awards Worldcon ceremony:
From Cory Doctorow’s speech: “This is an extremely prestigious prize that I value very highly…

Cory Doctorow (Creative Commons license)

Does information want to be free? It’s certainly true that people want to be free… and you can’t live in an information society and be free without free information.”

From Naam’s speech:
“I also wrote Nexus because I was concerned about the abrogation of freedom in my country and throughout developed countries in the name of the War on drugs and the War on terror.

And that abrogation continues… Now I want to be clear, I’m an optimist. I believe that in the long run, humanity has become more free, that we have more freedom than we had generations ago and we have more capability than we had a few generations ago, and technology has played an important part of that.

Ramez Naam (Creative Commons license)

But that increase in freedom has not been homogenous…

There are places in the world that have become less free and technology is playing a role in that through certain forms of surveillance and totalitarianism.

I believe in the long run we will find ways to use technology to enhance our freedom.”


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Michael Grossberg, who founded the LFS in 1982 to help sustain the Prometheus Awards, has been an arts critic, speaker and award-winning journalist for five decades. Michael has won Ohio SPJ awards for Best Critic in Ohio and Best Arts Reporting (seven times). He's written for Reason, Libertarian Review and Backstage weekly; helped lead the American Theatre Critics Association for two decades; and has contributed to six books, including critical essays for the annual Best Plays Theatre Yearbook and an afterword for J. Neil Schulman's novel The Rainbow Cadenza. Among books he recommends from a libertarian-futurist perspective: Matt Ridley's The Rational Optimist & How Innovation Works, David Boaz's The Libertarian Mind and Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.

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