2007-05-13 20:12:47

DRM - to be renamed?

During a lecture on Digital Restrictions Management and its timely appearance (CD protection by dead blocks, the DVD CSS algorithm and the broken 128-bit HD-DVD key), it was mentioned that apparently the wording «Digital Restrictions Management» was already sufficiently tainted so the makers of these policies are now going for something more ambiguous: DCE.

DCE is supposed to mean «Digital Customer Enablement», or even «Digital Consumer Enslavement» for those who like the pun.

The problem with this abbreviation is that those of us who work in telcos and networking know DCE as «Data Carrier Equipment». It is indeed a good question whether this ambiguity was chosen in order to confuse the term even more?

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link | File under: chaos, network