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Cory Doctorow on The Coming Civil War over General-purpose Computing by Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow on The Coming Civil War over General-purpose Computing

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Who governs digital trust?

Doctorow framed the question this way: "Computers are everywhere. Theyare now something we put our whole bodies into---airplanes, cars---andsomething we put into our bodies---pacemakers, cochlear implants. They HAVE to be trustworthy."

Sometimes humans are not so trustworthy, and programs may overrideyou: "I can't let you do that, Dave." (Reference to theself-protective insane computer Hal in Kubrick's film "2001." Thattime the human was more trustworthy than the computer.) Who decideswho can override whom?

The core issues for Doctorow come down to Human Rights versus PropertyRights, Lockdown versus Certainty, and Owners versus mere Users.


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