Cultural philosophy

Just like the book, the radio and the telephone have changed our culture, so will the digital media do the same.

The English Server has an archive of documents on the relationship between

Intellectual Ownership

Culture is strongly determined by intellectual ownership, which is protected by many laws. For instance: publications, photos and music are protected by copyright. The current laws have a restricting effect on the free exchange of information. It remains a question if these laws can be properly applied to computer networks.

About which J.P. Barlow wrote:

See also the Copyright FAQ and the newsgroup

Digital Signature

Intellectual ownership can be protected somewhat in digital form by giving it a digital signature. It can be traced back to whom placed the signature and whether the file has been tempered with.

The file and the accompanying signature certificate are unbreakably attached to eachother. By publicising the cerificate it can be used to prove (later) that the document is original.