Cory Doctorow, Rebecca Giblin and Esther Anatolitis

Chokepoint Capitalism: Rebecca Giblin & Cory Doctorow in conversation with Esther Anatolitis


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Tues 14 Feb 2023


As creative labour has been reclassified and flattened as 'content' and technology platforms have further controlled the flow of revenue in the creative industries, artists, creators, cultural institutions, policy makers and philanthropists have been playing catch up.

In this spicy in-person conversation, led by arts advocate Esther Anatolitis, Cory Doctorow and Rebecca Giblin will take you on a journey through this 21st century creative landscape which has now been designed to separate creative laborers from the value they create at every possible point.

Drawing on their recent book Chokepoint Capitalism (Scribe 2022), Doctorow and Giblin will discuss what social, cultural and economic changes are possible and necessary to make a fairer future with more just and equitable use of rapidly advancing technologies.

Signed copies of Chokepoint Capitalism will be available to purchase on the night.

This event is a separately ticketed part of ACMI's Future of Arts, Culture & Technology symposium.

Event duration

90 mins


Full $25
Concession $20
ACMI Member $20
Unwaged $15

Unwaged and concession card holders are eligible for free ACMI Membership.

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Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Chokepoint Capitalism

by Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow

A call to action for the creative class and labour movement to rally against the power of Big Tech and Big Media.

Get your signed copy for $27 on the night.

Chokepoint Capitalism

About the panellists

Rebecca Giblin

Professor Rebecca Giblin is an ARC Future Fellow at Melbourne Law School, where she works at the intersection of law and culture. She is Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) and leads the ARC-funded Author’s Interest ( and eLending projects, as well as Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project. Her new book Chokepoint Capitalism (with Cory Doctorow, 2022) explores how we can recapture creative labour markets from Big Tech and Big Content to get artists paid. She tweets via @rgibli.

Image credit: Ivanna Oksenyuk

Professor Rebecca Giblin - photo by Ivanna Oksenyuk

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. His latest book is Chokepoint Capitalism (with Rebecca Giblin) nonfiction about creative labor markets and monopoly. His latest novel is Attack Surface, a standalone adult sequel to Little Brother. He is also the author of How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, nonfiction about conspiracies and monopolies; and of Radicalized and Walkaway, science fiction for adults, a YA graphic novel called In Real Life; and young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema and Little Brother. His first picture book was Poesy the Monster Slayer (Aug 2020). In 2023/4, Tor Books will publish two more science fiction novels for adults: Red Team Blues and The Lost Cause; and Verso will publish The Internet Con, a nonfiction book about monopoly and radical interoperability. He maintains a daily blog at He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University, a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles. In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Image credit: Jonathan Worth

Cory Doctorow - photo by Jonathan Worth

Esther Anatolitis

Esther Anatolitis is one of Australia’s most influential advocates for arts and culture. Her leadership, facilitative and consultancy work promotes a critical reflection on practice and active civic engagement. Esther works all over Australia on strategic development, creative precincts and public policy. Across two decades she held arts and media CEO positions across all platforms and artforms. Esther is a member of the National Gallery of Australia Governing Council, and Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT School of Art. She was a founding director and Deputy Chair of Contemporary Arts Precincts, the organisation behind Collingwood Yards, and a former board member of organisations including ACMI, Elbow Room, the Arts Industry Council (Victoria), and Regional Arts Australia. A prolific writer, her work is published widely and archived here. Recently announced as Meanjin’s next Editor, across all of Esther’s involvements is a deep commitment to championing the voices who create Australia’s future.

Image credit: Sarah Walker photography

Esther Anatolotis - Sarah Walker photography

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