Cory Doctorow on Education and the Importance of Mentors – Interview

March 15, 2017

3:30 pm

Helping others is a common thread you’ll find with Cory Doctorow. As a son of teachers, and a professor himself, finding ways to provide educational tools for the classroom led him to hold policy positions at Creative Commons. Cory also works to defend civil liberties in the digital world through his 15 year affiliation with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Cory has written a plethora of young adult science fiction novels, with Little Brother spending seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He is also a co-editor at Boing Boing.

I caught up with Cory at SXSW to talk about his new science fiction novel Walkaway as well as inspiring the next generation of students and the importance of mentorship.

“Education is what we do with it,” Cory said in an interview for European Schoolnet.

Austin has a city motto of “Keep Austin Weird”. In that spirit I asked Cory about how he keeps it weird and real and in doing so stays true to himself.


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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.