SHE, the perverse and incredible daughter of DRM
Here's the sales pitch:
- The dedication of a small amount of bandwidth for regulatory use
- The dedication of a small amount of semiconductor real estate for
We can enjoy the virtues of the Secure Hardware Environment:
- Far fewer security hassles in our everyday lives
- Gone, the waiting at checkpoints!
- Gone, the cameras visible everywhere!
- Less crime of all sorts, and far fewer false convictions
- Intellectual property seamlessly protected and ubiquitously profitable.
- Less paperwork and less visible bureaucracy!
- Transparent taxation: Income Tax and VAT largely replaced by BiT.
- Real-time downloadability of new regulatory regimes!
- Individually customized regulatory regimes.
- Incremental deployment is feasible (no flag day necessary)
- Ubiquity not needed to begin with
- Deployment as the "progressive implementation of standards"
- Deployment enforced through obsolescence
SHE fits the trajectory that economics and technical progress are
In one way or another almost every faction of society will
demand the protection of SHE.
The infrastructure for such control will
probably arrive in any case.
Sarcasm OFF (mostly)
Arguments against the plausibility of SHE
- SHE could soak up about whatever power Moore's Law can provide.
- SHE would be evaded, subverted, corrupted, and exploited in a million
- Imagine the Drug Wars, only much more "interesting".
- Moonshine fabs (cf Rainbows End)
- The golden age of trapdoors: "Who owns the trapdoors, owns the world."
- Sane planners will prevent SHE or mitigate its worst effects.
- Problem for such planners: What to do when a natural right is no longer
inherent in nature? (Example: privacy; example radical response:
symmetric non-privacy as in David Brin's The Transparent Society.)
- Problem for such planners: How to cope with the shortsighted
self-interests of the myriad players (from Homeland Security
to intellectual property owners), each more powerful at their
focus than any general planners.