September 14, 2005
Arriving in Orwell's 1984 by way of DRM, censorship and semantic drift

TiVO's now delete programs someone for some reason don't want you to have. Expect embarrasing news footage of politicians favoured by TV networks to suddenly disappear even though you stored them for posterity.
In other news, Websense, one of the many companies exploiting the mandatory categorizes boring thoroughly unexplicit weblogs as 'sex'.

These stories are examples of the exact same thing: Once you start limiting free speech and once you start censoring under any disguise, you're censoring and limiting free speech. Period. Your intentions do not matter. Semantic drift will make them meaningless soon anyway. Someone will come up with some language that 'justifies' what ever it is they are trying to justify.

Posted by Claus at September 14, 2005 02:02 PM | TrackBack (0)
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