Microsoft announced on Monday its plans for a new processor-based digital authentication system known as 'Palladium', which would enable Microsoft to effectively remote-control home PCs under the guise of 'security' and 'copyright protection'. Of course these are both serious issues that need to be addressed, but the implications of the Palladium technology are much wider-ranging and far more disturbing than simply protecting software manufacturers' and other copyrights.
The following articles reveal how Palladium is almost certain to put an end to Open Source software as we know it - i.e. it would mean curtains for Linux. It would also mean curtains for the Macintosh platform if Apple refused to submit control of their customers' machines to Microsoft under the Palladium system. Added to this are a whole host of trust concerns - for example, Palladium would give Microsoft unlimited access to your personal internet history, email history, email encryption keys and even your hard disk contents. It would also enable Microsoft-controlled, hardware-based blocking of websites that it deems 'insecure' and hence 'non-Palladium-approved'.
PLEASE read the articles linked below. I am helping to organize a group to put together a website aimed at making internet users aware of the dangers of Palladium and its hardware cohort, TCPA. The facts about Palladium speak for themselves: the public will use their buying power to preserve their freedom if they are made aware of the sheer and absolute invasion of privacy and freedom of choice that Palladium represents. It is imperitive that we begin organising now to oppose this new technology that would mean the end of digital privacy and the death of the free internet.
ZDNET News - Who trusts Microsoft's Palladium? Not me
The Register - MS to eradicate GPL, hence Linux
internetnews.com - Is Microsoft's Palladium a Trojan Horse?
PBS.org - The end is near