The Internet of Things is sending us back to the Middle Ages

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The intruders were able to copy 10 gigabytes of data to somewhere in Finland.
The computer manufacturer Lenovo, for instance, used to sell its computers with a program called “ Superfish ” preinstalled.
The way it did so was downright dangerous: It hijacked web browsers’ traffic without the user’s knowledge – including web communications users thought were securely encrypted , like connections to banks and online stores for financial transactions.
Apart from a few basic government rules like environmental protection and public health, ownership comes with no trailing strings attached.
This system means that a car company can’t stop me from painting my car a shocking shade of pink or from getting the oil changed at whatever repair shop I choose.
The same is true for my television, my farm equipment and my refrigerator.
In this 21st-century version, companies are using intellectual property law – intended to protect ideas – to control physical objects consumers think they own.
We need the right to kick invasive advertisers out of our devices.
Recent years have seen progress in reclaiming ownership from would-be digital barons .
The idea of property is still powerful in our cultural imagination, and it won’t die easily.
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https://thenextweb.com/lifestyle/2017/09/13/internet-things-sending-us-back-middle-ages/

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