Board info for The Trust Matrix (ALEA)

Board name: The Trust Matrix (ALEA)
Board owned by: Cactus Flower
Date Created: Tue, 26 Feb 08 8:31 PM
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Board category: Tech/Communications

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What's the difference between freedom and anarchy? Only the former contemplates the need for restrictions. Only the former operates on the principle that your freedom only extends as far as it is harmless to others. Virtues compete. My wish for peace and quiet contrasts with your wish to rock it, baby. My wish to build a factory may conflict with the wish of others to create a community park. We've learned the need to strike a balance, draw limits and make hard choices where necessary.

Certain kinds of restriction make freedom not only possible, but also, paradoxically, more extensive. The liberty to buy and sell, own and exchange valuable things is considered an intrinsic principle of freedom. Yet these commercial freedoms are capable of existence only within a framework of practical, ethical and legal exclusion: the need for a key allows me to enter my home and prevents you from doing so; the Eighth Commandment prohibits theft; and the law defines its points of ownership which give me rights and may limit yours. Indeed, the essence of property is the stuff of scarcity, possession, regulation, and security: it cannot exist where there is no restriction and a large society without property necessarily fails. As a practical matter, freedom isn't viable absent the rule of law and a people willing to abide by it.

So in the world of things, while we like to think of freedom as an open-ended universe in which anything is possible, in practice we find it is necessary to regulate many of our activities and our interactions. Freedom is distinct from anarchy precisely because it defines its own limits.

Of course, it is a leap from the world of things, to the world of ideas. Some conditions change. Some of the scarcities of the tangible world do not apply in the vast and empty reaches of cyberspace, except insofar as our imagination has an end. We promote the principle that the realm of ideas should, as far as possible, be free of restriction. Indeed, amongst all social values, this one is probably the one held by many as the most precious, and is enshrined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

All the same, in the sphere of ideas, conditions remain: lawyers and economists have long recognised the incentive value of intellectual monopolies to inventors and authors, and have crystallised these into patent and copyright law; we protect certain kinds of secrets - especially those kind of governmental secrets affecting our privacy and our common security; we prohibit the creation of a counterfeit digital currency. The world of speech and information is abridged in all kinds of practical ways which tend to enrich rather than impoverish society. The necessity to constitute encompassing rules precedes all other principles in the same way Magna Carta precedes habeas corpus and the Bill of Rights: only once we have established a society of laws are freedoms conceivable.

In cyberspace, I describe this sort of defined and restrictive construction as 'the trust matrix'. It's a pragmatic architecture designed to offer the network's users security and assurance of their identity, to protect valuable information from loss and misuse, to restrict harmful information from dispersion, to make online commercial transactions authoritative and to make the converged network a healthy place to operate. I believe we are seeing the invisible hand shaping the trust matrix under our noses. It's in the distribution of hardened security frameworks through the cloud and out to the edge of the network. It's in the design of many kinds of equipment and software. It's in the arguments between information producers and users. It's in the dictates of government in a world without frontiers. And it's the topic of this board.

Rule 1: This isn't a dumbocracy. It's a managed conversation space. You are not free to pollute this board with word garbage. The conversation is subject to a set of rules interpreted by a board manager (aka censor). See above for rationale. If you think you have a right to say what you wish in a rule-framed setting, read the introduction again. Freedom from tiresome and obnoxious commentary makes a richer and more friendly space for others. Wild, unsupported assertions waste everyone's time. There's no obligation for me to have to put up with you if you peddle nonsense. On the other hand, I welcome thoughtful posts regardless of whether I agree with them. There's plenty of other space online for you to post if you just wish to vomit letters some place. If you make yourself unmanageable, I will remove you. Before blaming me for it, use a mirror.

Rule 2: This is the necessary corollary of Rule 1. I don't welcome posters with freshly-minted or little-used handles. These are regularly abused by trolls and folks who have been previously banned. Develop a track record somewhere else: a hundred posts is an investment of your time; zero posts isn't. That way I can research your posts to see if you are a poster of substance. Or not. And then you have something to lose, which means perhaps you will bother to post thoughtfully.

Rule 3: Conformity with the law is on you as a poster, not on me as a moderator. AB makes it clear that the site is not responsible for what you post either, so be careful and act legally. For your own sake.

TO ALL OTHERS. Welcome. Nice to have you here.


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43726 Re: Chinese immigrants were targeted in 19th century America Cactus Flower  24 Oct 2021  
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43725 Chinese immigrants were targeted in 19th century America clo2  24 Oct 2021  
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43724 State of Terror by Hillary Clinton & Louise Penny, is a good read. clo2  23 Oct 2021  
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43721 Re: F.D.A. regulators said the Pfizer vaccine s benefits outweigh its risks for 5- to 11-year-olds. Emergency authorization could come as early as next week. Cactus Flower  23 Oct 2021  
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43720 F.D.A. regulators said the Pfizer vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks for 5- to 11-year-olds. Emergency authorization could come as early as next week. clo2  23 Oct 2021  
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43719 Pfizer said its vaccine was 90% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid in children ages 5 to 11, citing clinical trial data. clo2  22 Oct 2021  
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43718 Re: Liz Cheney calls out Jim Banks for falsely signing letter as the ranking member of January 6 committee Cactus Flower  22 Oct 2021  
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43717 Liz Cheney calls out Jim Banks for falsely signing letter as the ranking member of January 6 committee clo2  22 Oct 2021  
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43716 Re: NH's GOP Gov. Chris Sununu gets it right: "When crazy comes knocking at the door, you've got to slam it shut, that's all there is to it, I don't care what party you are from..." Cactus Flower  22 Oct 2021  
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43715 NH's GOP Gov. Chris Sununu gets it right: "When crazy comes knocking at the door, you've got to slam it shut, that's all there is to it, I don't care what party you are from..." clo2  22 Oct 2021  
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43714 Re: BREAKING: FBI says remains found in Florida park are those of Brian Laundrie Cactus Flower  22 Oct 2021  
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43713 Re: 9 Republicans joined all Democrats to uphold the rule of law Cactus Flower  22 Oct 2021  
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43712 ‘Big John,’ Largest Triceratops Fossil Ever Discovered, Sells for $8 Million to Private Collector clo2  22 Oct 2021  
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43711 Texas’ Lt. Guv Pays First Voter-Fraud Reward—to a Progressive Poll Worker clo2  22 Oct 2021  
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43710 BREAKING: FBI says remains found in Florida park are those of Brian Laundrie clo2  21 Oct 2021  
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43709 9 Republicans joined all Democrats to uphold the rule of law clo2  21 Oct 2021  
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43708 Re: China is pushing a new Covid origin theory: Maine lobsters Cactus Flower  21 Oct 2021  
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43707 China is pushing a new Covid origin theory: Maine lobsters clo2  21 Oct 2021  
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43706 Vaccine contains egg that hatches into parasite Cactus Flower  21 Oct 2021  
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43705 Re: Trump’s New Free Speech Network Has Already Banned Any Criticism of Itself Cactus Flower  21 Oct 2021  
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43704 Trump’s New Free Speech Network Has Already Banned Any Criticism of Itself clo2  21 Oct 2021  
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43703 Markle says paid leave for parents should be an American right Cactus Flower  21 Oct 2021  
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43702 Why is it news in America that the Vikings got to America before Columbus Cactus Flower  20 Oct 2021  
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43701 Re: The cowardice of Senate Republicans blocking a qualified Muslim’s confirmation Cactus Flower  20 Oct 2021  
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43700 Re: Thanks but no: UK queen turns down ‘Oldie of the Year’ title Cactus Flower  20 Oct 2021  
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43699 Re: In a first, a kidney grown in a genetically altered pig was found to work normally after it was attached to a human patient. Cactus Flower  20 Oct 2021  
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43698 Re: Boris Johnson declared the pandemic all but over. Now UK cases are soaring Cactus Flower  20 Oct 2021  
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43697 The cowardice of Senate Republicans blocking a qualified Muslim’s confirmation clo2  20 Oct 2021  
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