Topic: Digital Rights
As online fraud continues to grow as a major issue, enterprises are trying to come up with new ways to reduce the problem. Unfortunately, we have traded convenience for strong authentication, so other methods must be used. Dan Lulich, Vice President of Technology for iovation, joins Phil and Scott to discuss the concept of end-user machine reputation as a way to establish identity. He talks about how authenticating the device is a better method to identify users.
In the digital world, where information can be spread easily, there is a counterforce attempting to lock it up. Shared culture, illustrated by the creative commons movement, continues to be fought against by traditional commercial culture. Gerd and Glen discuss these issues, assessing how things are likely to change in the future. They talk about how content owners have found ways to quickly filter internet content to assert their copyright rights and share examples about how companies are trying to find ways to be part of the sharing process.
Dick Hardt, founder and CEO of Sxip Identity, has been working with the Canadian government on a new virtual ID card that will streamline online interaction among government agencies, public-sector organizations, and citizens. In this conversation with Jon Udell, Hardt explains how this new program will work, and offers perspectives on a variety of online identity issues.
What are the challenges to traditional copyright caused by technology? What new rules must be written to protect intellectual property rights, but not overly limit usage in an age where the computer is a copying device and the internet is a giant network of copying devices? In this episode of Future Talks, Gerd and Glen discuss how technology is leaving old rules behind They also talk about open source and how it relates to possible changes in the current copyright model. They also review how patents are subject to the same technology challenges.
Glen Hiemstra and Gerd Leonhard talk about the important megatrends that are shaping the future of media. They discuss a number of topics, including user generated content and media, globalization, access versus ownership, copyright versus usage right, the digital natives, the net generation and the aging of the baby boomers, the growth in wireless broadband and mobility, convergence, the decline of the hit culture, the rise of the ubiquity paradigm and much more.
In his new book "The End of Control", Gerd Leonhard expands on the key topics introduced in his first book "The Future of Music" while escalating the debate out of the music realm and into media at large. He addresses the single most important issue underlying many debates about the future of media: who controls what, why, when, and where, and how can digital content still generate revenues when most of the traditional ways of controlling its flow ( i.e., distribution) are no longer available.
Rich in linguistic play and delivered with both wit and panache, Eben Moglen's talk is an intellectual delight. Beginning with a look at the history of memory from the public recording of England's 11th century Domesday Book, Moglen leads us through the private memory palaces of 14th and 15th centuries to the problems of privacy that started with photographic technology. Convincing us that we have willingly given away our data and that those who now possess it have the right to use it, Moglen proposes voluntary data collectives as the answer.
Proprietary software encourages capital drain from the poor to the rich; free software reduces this imbalance of power and resources. With free software, the source code being available, users are guaranteed that there are no privacy violation issues and the software has no back doors. Patrick Ball, the CTO and Director of Human Resources at Benetech shares with the ApacheCon 2006 audience, the goals his organization has been able to achieve with the use of free software.
As more and more services and opportunities become available on the World Wide Web, the gap between those who are connected and those who aren't is becoming an increasing problem. Access to the internet is certainly not yet ubiquitous, and where it is accessible the costs are often high, and the choices for service low. In this talk, Chris Sacca, the Head of Special Initiatives at Google, Inc., explains some of the trials and tribulations that Google faced while installing its free Wi-Fi network in Google's hometown of Mountain View, California.
One of the things that open source software needs the most is the full protection of the law. Eben Moglen, Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School, congratulates the open source community on their success in becoming an important part of current technology, but also discusses how important it is to protect the user's rights. He reviews the legal atmosphere of intellectual property rights and how more restrictive to sharing they have become in recent years and how the end user has become the biggest loser because of this change.