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March 22, 2002
Senate Taking Comments on son of SSSCA
The Senate Judiciary committee is taking comments online on the bill formerly known as SSSCA and now known as the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act. Please think before flaming, but remember that enough voters making comments reminds elected officials that they have to cater to more than just Hollywood dollars.
I plan on submitting testimony. It struck me last night that a bill like this will truly create a digital divide. Those of us who are comfortable with open source and programming are going to have better and greater access to information than the rest of the citizenry. Think of it as only the technology high clergy have the ability to manipulate information. Because DRM is mathematically impossible, it will always be breakable by the technical elite. It's everyone else who will have to suffer a prior restraint on free speech.
BTW: I am now one of the endorsers of The Digital Consumer Bill of Rights.
Posted by hoffmang | March 22, 2002 02:18 PM