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All of this talk reminds me of Rainbow's End by Vernor Vinge, a near future novel set in a future where augmented reality is ubiquitous. As part of the climax of the book there is talk of revoking a root certificate which would cause most of European commerce to grid to a halt.

Vinge is a computer scientist so the whole thing reads very well from a hacker's perspective. Also it won the Hugo & Locus awards in 2007. Am a big fan.

Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbows_End

Buy it: http://www.amazon.com/Rainbows-End-Vernor-Vinge/dp/081253636...




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