The Digital Imprimatur
The Digital Imprimatur is an article about Internet censorship written in 2003 by John Walker, co-founder of the computer-aided design software company Autodesk, and hence "digital imprimatur" is a term widely associated with him. In the Roman Catholic Church, an imprimatur is a censor's official declaration that a work is free from doctrinal or moral error, but Walker uses the term "digital imprimatur" to describe a system of internet censorship.
John Walker argues in his article The Digital Imprimatur: How big brother and big media can put the Internet genie back in the bottle, that there is increasingly a crackdown on the ability for Internet users to voice their ideas, as well as an upcoming official state of Internet censorship on the horizon. Walker claims that the most likely candidate to usher in the digital imprimatur is digital rights management, or DRM.
Other people[who?] predict the establishment of a dynamic equilibrium between repressive official and commercial and more free but in some cases illegal technologies, resulting in the emergence of darknets and anonymous P2P systems, together with alternative networking systems (including but not limited to sneakernets and both fixed and ad hoc wireless mesh networks), and vivid underground cultures and black markets centered on them, in accordance with the iron law of prohibition.
- Digital rights management
- Lockout chip
- Trusted computing
- Amazon Kindle remote content deletion controversy