Digital Locks and the Automation of Virtue
Citation: Ian Kerr (2010) Digital Locks and the Automation of Virtue. From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (RSS)
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Brief history of locks, frequent use of Gordian knot story. Locks exclude but also permit access. description of TPM/DRM and application of similar to physical devices, eg carts: a theme park ride in which kids feel like they are in control but aren't, a shopping cart that can't go beyond property line of shop, a golf cart disabled when being driven toward golfing green. Claims ubiquitous locks could hinder moral development as they reduce moral choice.