January 01, 2012

DRM and Control Over Our Own Computers is a Human Rights Issue

If we lose the ability to completely control computers we own, these machine can, and will, be used to put us under constant surveillance. If that happens, computers will have completed a trajectory from contributing to human freedom and making the Iron Curtain look like a rusty sieve, to fulfilling the 1984 telescreen vision of pervasive monitoring of every activity of every person.

DRM isn't just a copyright issue, it is a human rights issue.

-- Zigurd Mednieks in response to BoingBoing about the Coming War on General Purpose Computing referencing a talk by Cory Doctorow.

BTW.. why can't we deep link to a person's post in Google+ ? If we can, it's not obvious.

Posted by Mary Hodder at January 1, 2012 09:29 AM | TrackBack