Turkey is the latest country to slap heavy restrictions on the internet, a move that is baffling for a country that hopes to be a high tech center. But you can't try to control the masses and have a healthy business climate, and Turkey has to decide if it wants a strong internet-driven economy or control because it can't have both. http://bit.ly/1jqBunn
For years, the reaction of big entertainment to internet disruption has been to to restrict and punish its customers with digital rights management. It always seemed counterproductive to fight the internet and their own customers, and evidence is mounting that DRM was never a very good idea. My latest on Computerworld.http://bit.ly/1fgLoCL
My first column for Computerworld: When Edward Snowden walked out of the NSA with all those documents he's been releasing over the last several months, he did us all a huge favor by peeling back the curtain and showing us the extent of the surveillance state. And while he surely embarrassed the US government, he hasn't put US security at risk. It's time to drop the espionage charges and let him come home.http://bit.ly/HUn2mJ
Surely every country that has learned about NSA spying is hopping mad, and with good reason, but the EU has reacted to these revelations in typical bureaucratic fashion: They have proposed a couple of meaningless regulations. http://bit.ly/16RzhMO
California passed a new law last month that would let minors erase youthful transgressions from the online record. It's common knowledge the adolescent brain is still developing. Should they have to live with their bad decisions forever? http://bit.ly/17sqEGa
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You're a business person, not a content stealer, so why should you care about the MPAA and RIAA trying to legislate against piracy. Because they are trying to define access on their terms under the broadest definition, and you should be concerned about anyone trying to interfere with the free flow of information on the internet. http://bit.ly/1fuxVsu
Actor Kevin Spacey of all people gave the entertainment an earful last week, and he said shows like his House of Cards, show that some people have learned the lessons the music industry never learned: "Give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price and they'll more likely pay for it, rather than steal it." http://bit.ly/1g0bdG7
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Recently, a Washington commission recommended infecting the machines of suspected copyright violators with malware and spyware. The last refuge of the disrupted is desperation, but the scary part of a proposal is somebody in Washington is probably taking it seriously and could turn the commission's recommendations into the next SOPA/PIPA/CISPA/Whatever-A.
While nobody can deny there is a serious problem with Internet security, it doesn't mean that any bill that comes along that tries to attack that problem should be taken seriously. CISPA is a bad bill written by clueless politicians that runs roughshod over personal privacy and it needs to be stopped. The president could be our last, best hope to do that.