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This whole "trusted computer" (aka "Digital Rights Management") thing is not about providing a computer you can trust, but rather a computer "they" can trust.

I'm not sure how far that goes, but it starts with building a computer which does not allow you to make copies of copyrighted materials, and may go on to ??




Potential Slogans

Some brainstorming on "slogans":

  • Find out what they mean by "trusted" computing.
  • Trusted (by whom) computing
  • Trusted computing — trusted by whom?
  • Trusted computing — by whom?
  • [When] Your computer [is |(will be)] trusted, by the:
    • RIAA
    • CIA
    • FBI
    • Time Warner
    • Big Brother
    &mdash [ (Can you) | (Will you be able to)] trust it [ | also | too]?
  • The RIAA, ... trust your computer — should you?
  • Digital Rights Management — for whom?


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Think of the possibilities. Disney could have an arrangement that the "trusted" computer would not play any of its DVDs unless a fee had been paid. The music industry could work out an arrangement so the "trusted" computer would only play music CDs a certain number of times, or only at certain times, unless additional fees were paid. According to one group that opposes the trusted computing platform group, with this mechanism in place, you'd only be able to rent software, not buy it, and once your "rent" is up, and unless you pay more "rent," the software you've downloaded would stop working and possibly even erase the files you already created.

Don't stop there. Think of additional "freedoms" made possible by the beneficence of the group, if it gets its way. Remote censorship would be possible. Documents could be remotely erased if they fall into a category deemed by the group to be offensive, inappropriate, politically incorrect, or whatever.

  • The Digital Imprimatur — How big brother and big media can put the Internet genie back in the bottle.; John Walker; September 14th, 2003; mdash; This seems like something I should read, but too boring at the moment.

Threats to privacy are often seen as efforts launched by governments or large corporations, using their power to circumscribe individuals' rights. Yet often individuals voluntarily surrender their privacy for promises of security or, more frequently, pure convenience. Based on technologies already available or certain to appear within the next few years, this paper explores how much convenience could be gained, and how much privacy lost as these technologies enter the mainstream.

  • (rhk) [[][]]; ; ; —


  • () RandyKramer - 06 Oct 2003
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