Board info for The Trust Matrix (ALEA)

Board name: The Trust Matrix (ALEA)
Board owned by: Cactus Flower
Date Created: Tue, 26 Feb 08 12:31 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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23636 Another constitutional failure Cactus Flower  20 Jan 2018  
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23635 Bill Maher's best ever monologue Cactus Flower  20 Jan 2018  
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23634 Re: Supreme Court to rule on Trumps powers to ban foreign travelers Cactus Flower  20 Jan 2018  
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23633 Supreme Court to rule on Trump’s powers to ban foreign travelers clo  19 Jan 2018  
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23632 Trump Fears Next Election Will Be Decided by Americans clo  19 Jan 2018  
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23631 Re: Poll: Nearly 9 in 10 want DACA recipients to stay in US Cactus Flower  19 Jan 2018  
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23630 Re: Poll: Nearly 9 in 10 want DACA recipients to stay in US clo  19 Jan 2018  
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23629 Re: Trump's Economic Scorecard: One Year Since Inauguration Cactus Flower  19 Jan 2018  
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23628 Poll: Nearly 9 in 10 want DACA recipients to stay in US clo  19 Jan 2018  
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23626 Trump's Economic Scorecard: One Year Since Inauguration clo  19 Jan 2018  
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23625 57% disapprove of Trump’s job, including a majority of respondents — 51 percent — who now say they strongly disapprove, which is a record high for Trump in the survey. clo  19 Jan 2018  
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23624 Mark Steyn   Cactus Flower  19 Jan 2018  
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23623 Re: World's Approval of U.S. Leadership Drops to New Low Cactus Flower  19 Jan 2018  
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23622 World's Approval of U.S. Leadership Drops to New Low clo  18 Jan 2018  
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23621 American voters divided on whether President Donald Trump is "mentally stable," clo  18 Jan 2018  
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23620 Inside the room: What Steve Bannon told Congress yesterday clo  17 Jan 2018  
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23619 Mueller Team Is Probing ‘Newly Found’ 2016 Russian Money Transfers clo  17 Jan 2018  
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23618 Re: Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here Cactus Flower  17 Jan 2018  
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23617 Dem's are on a roll ;)) clo  17 Jan 2018  
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23616 Re: Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here clo  17 Jan 2018  
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23615 Re: Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here Cactus Flower  17 Jan 2018  
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23614 Re: Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here   xcslewis  17 Jan 2018  
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23613 Re: Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here Cactus Flower  16 Jan 2018  
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23612 Re: Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here   xcslewis  16 Jan 2018  
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23611 Exposed: Lobbyists, Diplomats Flocking to Trump Hotels clo  16 Jan 2018  
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23610 New US Embassy denigrated by Trump opens in London clo  16 Jan 2018  
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23609 Poll: Trump's approval rating erodes in Georgia clo  15 Jan 2018  
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23608 Baby Trump! clo  15 Jan 2018  
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23607 Re: How does the US get to be Level 1 Cactus Flower  15 Jan 2018  
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