Thursday, October 04, 2001

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When it Rains it Pours Department

Just when you thought RAND was a less than stellar idea, let me introduce you the the SSSCA [Security Systems. Standards and Certification Act]

By God Orville! This will flush out them west coast, free love, file sharin' open source hippies!! We be slappin' right in their computers..Hell we can even hardwire that there eschelon bidness in there too!!
This nugget will really warm you up.

From Doc Searls:

"Given the pro-security mood of Congress at the moment, there is a serious risk that the SSSCA will get rubber-stamped just like the DMCA was, along with UCITA and the silly Decency Act a few years back. That piece of tripe passed Congress almost unanimously, was later struck down by the Supreme Court, but in the meantime caused an upswelling of anger and good sense that included the Blue Ribbon Campaign, 24 Hours of Democracy and the best letter ever written on the subject, by retired Judge Steve Russell of Texas.
The SSSCA is worse than the Decency Act, because it's enforceable at the manufacturing level. If I read it right, it lets Disney and Sony tell Compaq and Dell what they can put in their PCs and makes it a civil offense for anyboy to make or sell any kind of computer equipment that "does not include and utilize certified security technologies."
In effect it legislates the re-cartelization of the consumer electronics industry to comply with the increasingly verticalized content creation and distribution business. It's a backlash against Napster taken to an obscene extreme.
Worst of all it trashes the Net as we know it by turning its enabling technologies into a copyright enforcement system at the very point where content is being "consumed": on your desktop, phone or PDA. "

read here - go there
Source: Doc Searls

Doc's not alone here

Open Letter to Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO, Walt Disney Company
read here - go there
Source: Linux Journal

GNU/Linux Open Source focused. broadcaster calls for STRONG political action,. a community wide boycott. of Walt Disney Corporation, and asks other portals and support effort.
read here - go there

Politech: Security Systems Standards and Certification Act
read here - go there

Current Opinion

No RAND for Me

The web works because HTML is an open system.

The majority of what you see on your screen is written in Hyper Text Markup Language. This language has been carefully created to extend the capabilities of what can be communicated from one computer to another. The source for this is the W3C World Wide Web Consortium.

The W3C holds a special position in our little world. We in concert, without clubs, memberships, secret handshakes, or free mouse pads, have decided to agree on the W3C Recommendations as the stone tablets of our universe of the web. We are here as these 'standards' are non-propriatary, open source, and do not 'belong' to anybody. This means that we have a baseline to begin our exploration and experimentation with what we can get to show up in a browser.


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