Michael is the chair of the "Business Group" for AACS, the technology that controls users of Blu-Ray and DVD-HD.
Your home and life are increasingly full of devices that seek to control, rather than enable you, and Michael is part of the negotiations for how those devices will function. As the representative of a technology company, he usually bats for the user, but we're still getting devices with more and more restrictions.
Michael has generously agreed to speak to my class and then give a public lecture, and I'm really grateful to him for it. He's always been candid, reasonable and level-headed in the DRM negotiations I worked with him at, and even when we've come down on opposite sides of the debate, I've been impressed with his honesty and flexibility.
When: September 19, 7PM-9PM
University of Southern California, Annenberg School, 3502 Watt Way
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.