Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is in favor of liberalizing copyright laws, and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, and uses some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, Disney, and post-scarcity economics.
He worked as European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Upon his departure, Doctorow was named a Fellow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and now teaches at the University of Southern California. He is a frequent public speaker on copyright issues. Doctorow's first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom was published in 2003, and was the first novel released under one of the Creative Commons licenses.
Doctorow's nonfiction works include his first book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction (co-written with Karl Schroeder), as well as regular columns in Popular Science and Make magazines. He is a Contributing Writer to Wired magazine, and contributes occasionally to other magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and the Boston Globe.
He served as Canadian Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and co-founded the free software P2P software company Opencola.