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"DRM is a security problem" Re: Call for support for 'citizens to fight back against online censorship and surveillance' and to have a vote on the 'web we want'

From: Andreas Kuckartz <a.kuckartz@ping.de>
Date: 16 Dec 2013 21:39:31 +0100
Message-ID: <52AF6503.7040009@ping.de>
To: "David Singer" <singer@apple.com>, "public-restrictedmedia@w3.org" <public-restrictedmedia@w3.org>
Cc: "Fred Andrews" <fredandw@live.com>, "public-html-admin@w3.org" <public-html-admin@w3.org>, "timbl@w3.org" <timbl@w3.org>
David Singer:
> you continue to confuse surveillance and DRM; the fact that you donít
> like either does not, in fact, make them the same or even related
> problems.

I disagree with much of what Fred Andrews wrote. But this statement is

>> DRM is a security problem that would take away citizens control of
>> their own computer and would be a vector for commercial and state
>> actors to compromised citizens privacy.

DRM can in practice not be implemented using copyleft FOSS licenses and
proprietary software generally is less trustworthy than FOSS. As Bruce
Schneier wrote:

"Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than
open-source software."

And to make this even worse some jurisdictions have made it illegal to
disassemble or reverse engineer DRM software.

And we all remember what perhaps is the most well known DRM software so
far, the Sony BMG rootkit, do we?

I suggest to move this discussion to public-restrictedmedia@w3.org where
it belongs.

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