Cory Doctorow's latest science fiction work has some scenarios that may not be that far away. An excerpt from The Wall Street Journal review:
A blogger and tech-oriented activist who is co-editor of the popular website BoingBoing.net, Mr. Doctorow is certainly trying to make his future happen. For years now, he has been releasing his literary works online under what is called a Creative Commons License. So, though novels like "Little Brother" and "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" (2003) have been published in hardcover, paperback and e-book by major houses, they've also been available free for download.