Neal Stephenson talks REAMDE with lawyers, security experts

Here's a video from a recent U Washington Law School panel discussion with Neal Stephenson regarding his video-game crime-thriller REAMDE. The law school assembled cyber lawyers, security experts from the computer science department, and Stephenson himself, and discussed the real-world implications for the sorts of business, technology, security and crime described in the (excellent) book. This video would probably work better as an MP3 -- there's not much in the video track beyond a nearly static image of the panel -- but the actual content is fascinating.

Update: Here's the MP3, courtesy of U Washington.

2012 10 18 LTA Bookclub Neal StephensonHQ


    1. It’s neither of those. REAMDE (the actual title of the book) is an intentional misspelling of README, and in the book is the name of a computer virus that sets much of the plot in motion. The misspelling supposedly makes it more likely that people will click on and open the virus, if I recall correctly.

  1. Neal Stephenson is a lawyer?  (note that he didn’t raise his hand at the 1:20 mark.

    /Downloadhelper + Registration = MP3 of the talk!  Perfect for long drives.

  2. Jdownloader is handy for grabbing MP3 rips of YouTube videos. If you’re not careful, it’ll grab every quality level of video too, which, if you’re into that, is cool too. 

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