Pretty much everything you need to know about the Problem With Tech™, particularly on the issue of “technical versus non-technical solutions”, can be summed up with this article from the EFF about DRM. Whatever you think about DRM as a technology and/or piracy as an, erm, “hobby”, the fact that technologists are bad at understanding the function of the law1 and non-technologists (i.e. policy makers) are bad at understanding the function of technology is pretty much the It IT Tension of the early 21st century.
- Often willfully so, given the cancerous prevalence of libertarian and libertarian-adjacent thought in the industry. [↩]