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This seems like a technical solution to what's a political problem. Those don't usually work out as one would like, or worse, get enshrined in some standard that doesn't solve anything and which makes things worse for the few people that have supporting programs.



JPEG DRM is not a political problem. It's more of a copyright problem although, more accurately, it's a digital content management problem, because content doesn't have to be copyrighted to use DRM. For something to be political it can't just be related to government (because everything is related to government in some way), or even managed by government. For that word to have any meaning at all, it needs to be a more direct reference to government and politics.

And technical solutions to actual political problems have worked great. The recent revamping of government websites has made information more accessible to the public than ever. I can't imagine Obamacare holding much value if it wasn't possible to make healthcare.gov so people could actually navigate through the complexities.


Political problems are any that involve issues of power and control. The issue of who gets to decide what you view on a computer is an eminently political one.


>For that word to have any meaning at all, it needs to be a more direct reference to government and politics.

wait...what?

politics are everywhere: at home, at the office, in your local bowling league. it doesn't apply exclusively to government.




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