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20 years a blogger: Reflections on a lifetime of reflecting.

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Will Biden bust trusts?: Obama's third term would be a disaster for antitrust.

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#10yrsago Disney World’s awful Tiki Room catches fire <a href="…;

#10yrsago Disney World’s awful Tiki Room catches fire…

#10yrsago Interview with hacker anthropologist Biella Coleman…

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#5yrsago Income inequality makes the 1% sad, too…

#1yrago The bubbles in VR, cryptocurrency and machine learning are all part of the parallel computing bubble…

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#1yrago Top tech grads are increasingly unwilling to work for Big Tech, viewing it as a new, unethical Wall Street…

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#1yrago Olympics warns athletes that kneeling, fist-raising and other political actions will be banned at the Tokyo 2020 games…

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#1yrago The DHS classes nonviolent environmental activists in the same “domestic terrorist” category as Dylan Roof and James Fields…

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#1yrago The DHS classes nonviolent environmental activists in the same “domestic terrorist” category as Dylan Roof and James Fields…

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Yesterday's threads: Mini retro computers; Bunkered, infectious, maskless Republicans infected Congress; and more!

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My latest novel is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books. @washingtonpost called it "a political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance."

Get signed books from @DarkDel:…

I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:…

My ebooks and audiobooks (from @torbooks, @HoZ_Books, @mcsweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements."

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Upcoming appearances:

* Keynote for, Jan 22 (US) 23 (Australia)

* Evening with William Gibson, Jan 25,…

* Boskone, 58, Feb 12-15,

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Recent appearances:

* Hedging Bets on the Future (Cyber):…

* Applying the Pandemic Mindset to Climate Change:…

* 2020 Beaverbrook Lectures:

* Bibliotherapy/Shelf Healing:

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My first picture book is out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.…

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Tomorrow morning, watch @iFixit, @uspirg, @EFF and @securepairs award WORST IN SHOW prizes for privacy, security, repairability and sustainability.…

I'm emceeing the hour and awarding the people's choice award as well as the overall best/worst in show out of all the other judges' picks.

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Yesterday was my 20th blogging anniversary. I admit that it carried more emotional freight than I expected. 20 years is a long time to do anything, let alone something that's so personal and yet so public.…

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My phone rang with an unfamiliar local number. A calm voice on the other end introduced itself as an FBI special agent with the LA office. I pointed out that this was an unlikely claim and asked for a switchboard number I could call back on.

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A monopolist's first preference is not to be regulated.

A monopolist's second preference is to be regulated in a way that only it can comply with - and that none of its competitors can comply with.

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Oh, hai, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg!

"I think [the insurrection was] largely organized on platforms that don’t have our abilities to stop hate, and don’t have our standards, and don’t have our transparency."

Translation: make rules that ban all the smaller platforms that compete with us, otherwise Qanon-addled musketfuckers will hogtie Congress with zip-cuffs and execute them under the Capitol Dome.

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