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"New Zealand’s lead state-sector authority has drawn a line in the sand to ensure government information security is not compromised by new "trusted computing" and digital rights management (DRM) technologies.

The policies, released by the New Zealand State Services Commission (SSC) today, are an acknowledgement of the risks posed by the trusted computing and DRM initiatives being driven by international IT vendors and media organisations." -- Read more

Tinker for Freedom

"An essential freedom is the freedom to tinker. We need tinkers: those incurably nosy natural-born lab rats who take things apart to figure out how they work, and how to repair them or morph them into other things. Anyone can be a tinkerer. Of course some people have more tinkering aptitude than others, but I think it's downright pitiful when a couple of button pushes or swiping a credit card exhausts a person's manual skills, and they don't understand the basic concepts behind devices they use every day. You'll never hear a tinker wail helplessly "but I want it to just work!" tinkers make things work, often better than they originally did." -- Read more

Trust Google?

"There are rumors about that Google is going into the Wi-Fi business, such as this FAQ on what they call "Google Secure Access" software, which encrypts wireless Internet traffic that uses "Google WiFi", presumably a hardware network that Google would like to establish. Some people think this is an excellent idea: "Someone has to do that big network," says Dave Winer. But others aren’t so sure. The Motley Fool’s Seth Jayson is concerned (reg. req.) that it’s going to be very expensive for Google to roll out the magical "last mile" of the Internet (of course, Google has lots and lots of cash); but really his main concern is that he doesn’t trust Google.. -- Read more

"In the past month, separate programs have emerged to strip away the digital rights management (DRM) tools that the two technology giants use to protect music from unauthorized duplication. One of the programs counteracts Microsoft's Windows Media DRM, while the other targets Apple's FairPlay.

Both companies have long dealt with hackers finding a way to circumvent their content protections. To maintain the confidence of the record labels and other content providers, the tech giants have to scramble to close the holes. But even though they have largely been able to do so, the fixes tend to be temporary as new holes are found." -- Read more

"It's bizarre, but zillionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch is showing the world the way music will be in the future with independent artists singing to the world via the Net while the Big Four Organized Music family's custom-built SuperStars implode messily." -- Read more