Freedom and privacy

You may have heard about the sinister DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act). Now the Super-DMCA is on its way. It has already started to gain acceptance in several states already.

This new legislation could very well outlaw useful things like SSH (secure shell), VPNs (virtual private networking), NATs (network address translation), and home networks in general. I use all of the mentioned technology on a daily basis, with none employed for any nefarious reason.

In other related news, Wired is reporting that the US government is watching credit card transactions. Some people are concerned, such as a lawyer from the ACLU.

With all the new laws on the books (including the Patriot Act), it’s not too far-fetched that someone might be locked up without any reason. Scary stuff.

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