Regulation Will Always Play Catch Up To The Computer’s Rules
The problem of how to run business models in a world of digital savants, hackers and maker culture is a fraught one. Cory Doctorow provides an important reflection on the root causes of this issue.
Old approaches to regulation are likely to be increasingly redundant in the face of the transformations ubiquitous digital iterability will cause to many industries. But even in areas where it’s methods are ill suited, the mechanisms of regulation can still exert a considerable degree of force, but Cory Doctorow argues the time has come to give serious consideration to who will feel the weight of that force most.
Contemporary technological advancements and an increasingly prominent ‘Maker’ (and Hacker) Culture are likely to see regulation wrangles kick things up several notches in coming years. To gain some insight into the paths regulation will follow Doctorow infers a parallel with the MP3 and copyright infringement battles of yesteryear. This industry crisis illustrated that the principles upon which the universal computer (and by extension the networks run on these computers) operates simply cannot foreclose the possibility of these unanticipated and industry challenging usages occurring.