Digifreedom_2007

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    It is possible, in order to keep private any personal files you may have on your computer, to digitally encode them. In some countries, however, you could already be prosecuted if you don’t renounce this protection when the Police “ask” you to do so.

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    Regardless of its actual cost, sending a child to a good school is always a huge investment in the future. The relevance, inside school programs, of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), that is how to correctly use computers or telecommunications devices for fun and profit, is constantly increasing. This is a good and necessary thing, even if often it is done just to be trendy and some families are getting tired of it.

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    As Spiderman would put it, “with great power comes great responsibility”. This is an age where there is the possibility of improving your life and everybody else’s as well, through the better use of computers and digital technologies. In order for this to actually happen, however, it is necessary to act: sometimes with your wallet, sometimes behaving smartly and sometimes demanding laws that protect and stimulate initiative and talent but, above all, fair competition and equal opportunities with access and use of digital technologies.

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    How Would You Like Your Network, Sir? Smart Or Stupid?

    Net Neutrality is a somewhat misleading definition for the principles that, until today, have de facto ruled Internet based communications: access to the network should be open, at the same conditions, for every legally operating publisher or service provider. In other words, network operators should never block or slow down access to a website depending on the content of that website or who its owners are: the network should also be stupid, that is unable to distinguish the bits of a movie from those of an email, and move them around all at the same speed, leaving any decision on what to do with them to the user terminals.

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    You are a password. Always the same

    Originally, biometrics was that branch of science which performed statistical analysis of biological characteristics. Later on, the word started to indicate any technique for identifying people, with a computer, against unique physical characteristics like fingerprints, voice or retina. Sounds cool, uh? Almost too good to be true. In fact, it is too good to be true, unless it’s very well thought out and designed, something that could be still impossible to achieve.

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    The first and most important thing to do to solve the privacy problems described at the beginning of this book is to not believe that you are immune; the second is to acknowledge the problem without getting hysterical. The third is to implement, or ask that governments implement, the social, technical and legislative solutions described in the rest of this chapter. Many of the right things to do are based on common sense, more than deep technical knowledge, and most of them are valid and do-able even for people who don’t own a computer.

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    Who owns information, ideas and fun?

    Copyright is the legal right to control or prevent, within certain bounds and for a limited period of time, the distribution of creative works. Copyright can be a great incentive for authors, the fairest way to reward them and, eventually, a great advantage for society as a whole.