William's Nightmares

From: Tom Gewecke (tom@bluesky.org)
Date: Wed Jun 25 2003 - 17:33:49 EDT

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    >I am rather concerned about the Orwellian nightmare possibilities of this
    >and believe that vigilance is a necessary activity to protect freedom. Just
    >think, data about someone can be expressed with one character which can be
    >sent around the world to be stored in a database which is not necessarily in
    >a jurisdiction which has laws about data protection.

    My personal idea of an Orwellian nightmare would to have a committee of
    "vigilant freedom protectors" evaluating the "political and social
    implications of encoding symbols" and passing judgement on whether
    particular characters should be encoded and what their names should not be.

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