View Full Version : Who owns your computer?

05-09-2006, 12:09 PM
I thought this one was one of the best and informative articles I read all week and so I bring it before you.

"It used to be that only malicious hackers were trying to own your computers. Whether through worms, viruses, Trojans or other means, they would try to install some kind of remote-control program onto your system. Then they'd use your computers to sniff passwords, make fraudulent bank transactions, send spam, initiate phishing attacks and so on. Estimates are that somewhere between hundreds of thousands and millions of computers are members of remotely controlled "bot" networks. Owned.

Now, things are not so simple. There are all sorts of interests vying for control of your computer. There are media companies that want to control what you can do with the music and videos they sell you. There are companies that use software as a conduit to collect marketing information, deliver advertising or do whatever it is their real owners require. And there are software companies that are trying to make money by pleasing not only their customers, but other companies they ally themselves with. All these companies want to own your computer."
FULL STORY (http://www.wired.com/news/columns/0,70802-0.html?tw=rss.technology)

And if you feel like reading another good article, here's another one I found on network neutrality. LINK (http://www.slate.com/id/2140850/fr/rss/). Equally engaging and important should you care about the future of internet and, by association, yours.

Sin Studly
05-09-2006, 05:27 PM
Interesting enough, but... politics?

05-10-2006, 07:25 AM
Both articles are themed around stronger entities descending on the end-user to take control of his computer and internet respectively, and how will this affect you in the future. It's a technological world. Politics and technology go hand in hand, if not overlap.