Cory Doctorow, a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger—the co-editor of Boing Boing recently gave a lecture on the "coming war on general computation" at the 28th annual Chaos Communication Congress (AKA 28c3). It is exciting to hear another voice about copyright law for internet and 3D printing.
Doctorow thinks the copyright war in the last 20 years of internet policy turns out only to have been a skirmish, and in the coming century the war will be against the general purpose computer. And general purpose computers can cause harm, such as the AR15 components being printed out by a 3D printer, mid-air collisions, or snarling traffic. So it will be social demand to regulate PCs.
"The primary regulatory impulse is to use combinations of code-signing and other "trust" mechanisms to create computers that run programs that users can't inspect or terminate, that run without users' consent or knowledge, and that run even when users don't want them to.
Our duty and challenge is to devise systems for mitigating the harm of general purpose computing without recourse to spyware, first to keep ourselves safe, and second to keep computers safe from the regulatory impulse."
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zeev wrote at 3/21/2012 2:41:07 AM:
very impressed . excellent speech. first 15 minutes could have been cut down to 2 minutes though.