We are no longer allowed to swap music or airline tickets, and we have to show endless paperwork before we can open a bank account, or visit certain public buildings.
It wasn’t always thus. Not so long ago, it was possible to lend records to your friends, or sell your unwanted ticket to a stranger. (Let me declare an interest here – that’s how I met my wife.) It was possible to deposit money in a bank account, and then take it out again, without ever having to produce your gas bill or your mother’s maiden name.
Technologies such as SOA are supposed to enhance interoperability. But some service providers are using technologies such as DRM to impede interoperability and extract rent.
- Bill de hÓra calls this non-interoperability by design.
- See also James Governor's declaration of digital independence.
- Adam Shostack on The Remittor and The Money Launderer
- Peter Merholz asking Does Anyone *Like* Renting a Car?
(This isn't just a rhetorical question. In the asymmetric design blog, we are going to be exploring some practical answers.)
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