Cory Doctorow is the co-editor of Boing Boing, a very popular weblog about technology, culture, and politics. He has written three science-fiction novels, all published by Tor Books (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, 2003, Eastern Standard Tribe, 2004, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, 2005), and a short story collection published by Avalon (A Place So Foreign and Eight More, 2003). He has also written for various publications including Wired, Popular Science and Salon.
Doctorow was a visiting professor to USC's Center on Public Diplomacy and Canadian Fulbright Chair in Public Diplomacy for 2006-2007, and is an activist, a writer, a blogger, a public speaker, and a technology person.
From 2002-2006, Doctorow was the Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a technology advocacy nonprofit that works to upload liberty in technology law, policy and standards, where he remains a Fellow. He has also worked at the United Nations, at standards bodies, at governments, and with universities and non-profits to agitate for a balanced approach to copyright that didn’t trammel the public’s fundamental rights to privacy, free speech, and due process.
Born in Toronto, Canada, on July 17, 1971 to Trotskyist schoolteachers, Doctorow was exposed to both science-fiction and computers at an early age and has spent most of his life behind a keyboard.
Doctorow serves on a number of boards of directors and advisory boards, including those of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Open Rights Group, the MetaBrainz Foundation, Technorati, Inc, Onion Networks, and others; as well as the confernece committee for the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. He co-founded the open source P2P technology company OpenCola, which was sold to OpenText in 2003.