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Playlist "34C3: TUWAT"

History and implications of DRM

Molly de Blanc

Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) is found everywhere from music to cars and, most recently, World Wide Web Consortium recommendations. How did we get here and where are we going with DRM? Who really owns not just your tools, but your experiences when someone (or something) else is controlling access to the data and access around them? We'll attempt to answer these questions, and more, in a historical overview, contemporary analysis, and look towards the future.

This talk will cover a range of technologies and use (and failure) cases in how digital experiences are being restricted and controlled by "rights holders." It will also touch on what it means to be a rights holder, and how that's affecting digital media and technology. This talk is aimed at a general audience, and will be tackling these topics at a basic level, with the aim to create shared language and understanding.