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[liberationtech] Auto expiring document/files & 'rights to be forgotten'

Frank Corrigan email at franciscorrigan.com
Thu Jan 26 11:06:40 PST 2012


Keeping the threat simple to say individuals personal data, that may
have little Public interest but of concern to the individuals concerned.
This just one scenario. 

I can see I need to think through the suggestions more carefully. Maybe
the goal that could only be reached would be to frustrate access to
someone who accesses the document after an expiry date, without ever
seeing it before.

Frank



----- Original message -----
From: "Brian Conley" <brianc at smallworldnews.tv>
To: "M. Fioretti" <mfioretti at nexaima.net>
Cc: liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:52:44 -0800
Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Auto expiring document/files & 'rights to
be      forgotten'

I've asked for the specific use-case because I think most of what has
been
said by others should be obvious, and I think it may not apply to what
Frank is asking. But I guess we will see!!

On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM, M. Fioretti <mfioretti at nexaima.net>
wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 16:08:15 PM +0000, Frank Corrigan wrote:
> > Does anyone know of any free resource that can make a PDF document, for
> > instance, inaccessible after a certain data, Most Digital Rights
> > Management (DRM) software prices are too prohibitive to make them a
> > practical solution to individuals.
>
> I think the request is simply impossible to satisfy at any price, both
> for technical reasons, and for reasons of other kinds not mentioned
> yet here.
>
> The technical reasons, already mentioned, all come down to the fact
> that the only way to do what you want is to have full, absolute
> control on ALL the computers that may ever receive the document, in
> order to reduce them to dumb internet kiosks or Web-TVs. Otherwise it
> would be trivial to roll back the clock, or **automatically** take
> snapshots and feed them to an OCR program, etc.. And people would race
> to do it and break the format, just as it happened with the
> "green-because-unprintable" WWF format (which I covered at
> http://stop.zona-m.net/tag/saveaswwf)
>
> Then there is the fact that, at least for certain classes of
> documents, PDF is wrong to begin with, and there is an active movement
> to get rid of it, at least as the only format in which documents are
> published online. I am talking of public sector information, and of
> the Open Data movement that is pushing worldwide to have all those
> data (also) in raw, machine readable, open formats available online.
>
> Which means that, if it became ever possible to make such a PDF, it
> would be irrelevant for those data, because people would simply make
> their copies of the same data in those other formats.
>
> Marco
> --
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