What role will computers play in the war over human freedom?

General-purpose computers are astounding. Even the most apparently straight-forward home computers are so astounding that our society still struggles to come to grips with them, what they're for, how to accommodate them, and how to cope with them. This is most apparent when it comes to the complex relationship between technology (especially the internet) and law, but is also an issue of increasing in the spheres of politics, privacy and surveillance.

In the beginning, we had packaged software and we had sneakernet. We had floppy disks in ziplock bags, in cardboard boxes, hung on pegs in shops, and sold like candy bars and magazines. They were eminently susceptible to duplication, were duplicated quickly, and widely, and this was to the great chagrin of people who made and sold software. Enter Digital Rights Management in its most primitive forms. They introduced physical indicia which the software checked for – deliberate damage,

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Tony Banks 2 August 2023

Wow, the fact that you wrote this in 2013 blows my mind. Lockdowns are good excuse for taking away freedom, but I'm glad I was comfortable during the great lockdowns of 2023. After so much sadness I try my best to focus on little things every day, because too much negative news eats at your soul. But scientifically speaking I guess I'd have to say take little gains and appreciate them while you can. Relax and be thankful! For instance just a little thing during the lockdown like getting my fridge fixed by the staff at Appliance Repair Victoria in Victoria BC was a blessing. Because the sky is beautiful even during wartime, and if we lose we must remember and be grateful while we're here.

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