The dark side of web 2.0
This week has seen some very interesting developments at the
community news website Digg.com, after a top secret encryption key for
HD DVD’s that allows anybody to copy HD DVD’s was made public by users
of the news site. The move prompted cease and desist orders from the
legal team representing the holders of the intellectual property the
AACS. The AACS is a regulatory body, founded by some of the most elite
names in the entertainment and electronics industry.
Digg attempted to censor the stories and began deleting any stories
that included the number or links to sites that showed the code. This
unprecedented censorship by the Digg team led to an open revolt by the
Digg community, which can be quite “driven” at the best of times.
Hundreds of stories with reference to the encryption key were being
uploaded and voted to the front page, this led to the site being
temporarily closed and the suspension of submissions.
In the Digg Blog, the founder of Digg, Kevin Rose says ‘But now, after
seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve
made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to
a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t
delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with
whatever the consequences might be.’
‘The decryption key is now in the public domain and it would have come out regardless, let’s not shoot the messenger’ .’