The issues discussed are very current.
It’s one of the books contending in the Canada Reads 2020 contest. I’m slightly surprised at that as one of the four is a rant against the American non-health care system.
I recommend it IF you are interested in these themes:
… American medical care, immigration, white male rage and technological monopolies …
Those who did not like the book consider it too preachy.
I quite liked the first story, “Unauthorized Bread“ – A refugee, Salima, confronts the software controlling installed in her kitchen appliances after the companies who created those appliances suddenly cease operations.
Cory Doctorow is one of the Tech gurus I’ve been following as long as I’ve been following Boing Boing, which won the Bloggies for Weblog of the Year, in 2004 and 2005. The web version launched January 2000, a “directory of wonderful things“.
In February 2020, Cory Doctorow left Boing Boing to start Pluralistic.net, a blog that brands itself as having “No trackers, no ads.” Of course I’m now following it too.
Cory is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licences for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.