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posted by chromas on Wednesday September 19 2018, @02:20PM   Printer-friendly
from the is-anyone-using-it? dept.

Molly de Blanc writes at that it has been one year since the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sold out. It was then they, including Tim Berners-Lee himself, decided to incorporate Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) into web standards signalling an end to the open Web. She covers how it happened, what has transpired during the last year in regards to EME, and what steps can be taken.

Digital Restrictions Management exists all over the world in all sorts of technologies. In addition to media files, like music and film, we can find DRM on the Web and enshrined in Web standards. As a Web standard, its use is recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), making it not only easier, but expected for all media files on the Web to be locked down with DRM.

It's been a year since the the W3C voted to bring Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) into Web standards. They claimed to want to "lead the Web to its full potential," but in a secret vote, members of the W3C, with the blessing of Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, agreed to put "the copyright industry in control" of media access. The enshrinement of EME as an official recommendation is not how we envision the "full potential" of the Web at the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by maxwell demon on Wednesday September 19 2018, @07:18PM (2 children)

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Wednesday September 19 2018, @07:18PM (#737176) Journal

    You cannot run another X program in the same X session without sharing your session key

    You know that you can also use ssh with another account on your local machine? And that SSH knows how to forward X sessions?

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  • (Score: 2) by unauthorized on Wednesday September 19 2018, @08:47PM

    by unauthorized (3776) on Wednesday September 19 2018, @08:47PM (#737215)

    Yes, I did allude to remoting into an X session. Did you even read my comment?

    This still suffers from all kinds of integration issues such as not getting audio without some pulse voodoo and not having access to downloads by default and a plethora of other discrepancies compared to running it in the same user session. My argument is that it's a PITA and a very atypical user experience, not that it cannot be done.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 19 2018, @11:09PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 19 2018, @11:09PM (#737289)

    You should also investigate firejail [] (namespace sandbox, Linux only) and Xpra [] (X11 version of screen/tmux and sandboxing). That way programs should be unable (or have it hard, exploits will always be there) to access unrelated files or poke at other X11 clients.