Re: Brin on Privacy

Mark Grant (
Sat, 21 Dec 1996 16:18:29 +0000

On Fri, 20 Dec 1996, Michael Lorrey wrote:

> Thats the easy part. Have a reverse PGP encoding on the time/date and
> sumcheck information.

PGP signature you mean... anyway, that won't work because someone could
just reset the recorder's clock and sign the false video, or break into
the recorder and steal the secret key. Finally, they could just feed
computer-generated or pre-recorded video straight into the recorder.

> As long as this rule is applied
> rigorously, a totally open and totally free society can exist. When it
> does not, freedom does not.

Yet from what you've said above, your society would only allow you freedom
of thought because you'd lose any freedom to act in an unapproved manner.
I'd hardly call that "totally free".


"[Hollywood's] way is so slow and expensive that you'll find yourself
falling asleep on the set and forgetting to say 'action'."
- Robert Rodriguez, 'The Ten Minute Film School'

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