Author, activist Cory Doctorow joins ASU to talk 'hacktivism'

February 5, 2013

ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination is presenting two events this month with science fiction author, activist and journalist Cory Doctorow.

On Monday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m., the center is teaming up with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to present “Hackers + Activism: Aaron Swartz, Anonymous and the Ethics of Digital Community,” a conversation between Doctorow and a panel of experts including Dawn Gilpin of the Cronkite School and Jade Meskill, co-founder of the collaborative workspace Gangplank. Download Full Image

To RSVP to the event at the Cronkite School, click here.

To include the broader ASU community in this important conversation, the event will also be livestreamed at You can also watch the event through ASUtv and follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #DoctorowASU.

“The recent prosecution and suicide of digital innovator and activist Aaron Swartz and the increasingly public actions of the hacker collective Anonymous have raised profound questions about the role of activism, protest and good citizenship online,” says Ed Finn, director of the Center for Science and the Imagination. “This conversation is an opportunity to consider the ethical questions around hacktivism and digital protest as well as the underlying challenges of privacy, community and justice in a networked world.”

Dawn Gilpin, assistant professor at the Cronkite School, adds: “The clashes we’re seeing between traditional institutions and networks of activists pushing for transparency and freedom of information affect everyone. These aren’t battles over abstract ideas, but involve policies and social norms with profound ramifications for real institutions, real communities, and the individual lives of real people.”

On Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m., the Center for Science and the Imagination is co-sponsoring Doctorow’s reading and book signing at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Ariz. Doctorow will be discussing and reading from his new novel "Homeland," and signing copies of the book. "Homeland," a sequel to the award-winning "Little Brother," follows young hacker prodigy Marcus Yallow as he navigates a web of political corruption, technological change and ethical ambiguity. The book features a poignant afterward written by Aaron Swartz celebrating grassroots activism and the power of the Internet as a tool for government accountability.

To learn more about the Changing Hands event, click here.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Sun Devils fall at Washington 96-92 in thrilling game

February 5, 2013

National Freshman of the Year candidate Jahii Carson had 32 points on 13-of-19 shooting and ASU shot .638 from the field, but UW outrebounded ASU 36-20 and had 50 points in the paint to hold off the Sun Devils 96-92. UW led by 15 in the second half, but ASU tied the game at 89-89, but the Huskies got key rebounds and buckets down the stretch for the win. ASU falls to 6-3 and is one game behind conference leaders Oregon and Arizona at the halfway mark of the Pac-12 schedule.

ASU fell behind 69-54 with 12:47 left, but came back to tie it at 89 with 1:01 left on a Jonathan Gilling three pointer, part of his career-high 22 points. Download Full Image

Carson, now averaging 24.3 points in the four conference road games, had 22 points in the second half.

"We got crushed inside," said head coach Herb Sendek. "Obviously we gave up 50 points in the paint in a variety of ways: low post, transition, offensive rebounds, cutters off of back screens to name a few of the ways they tallied 50 points in the paint. Certainly the rebounding was very problematic for us. We really got destroyed on the back boards. And we got beat in 50-50 balls. So despite doing a number of good things on offense, it was negated by those kinds of things on defense. Jahii (Carson) was sensational. Jon Gilling made a number of big threes for us. Guys fought back hard and had a chance to win at the end. But again, offensive rebound, putback, and one was the final dagger."


1. 35, Mario Bennett vs. #5 Arizona, Feb. 20, 1992
2. 32, Jahii Carson at Washington, Feb. 2, 2013
3. 31, Byron Scott vs. #18 Arizona, Feb. 23, 1980
4. 30, Jahii Carson vs. #14 Creighton @Las Vegas, Nov. 24, 2012
5. 30, Ty Abbott vs. California, Feb. 16, 2008

Juno Schaser

Event coordinator, Biodesign Institute