An endangered species: computer as a universal machine

Keynote by Matthias Kirschner

Computers are universal machines, which you can program to do whatever you want. Meanwhile several IT companies do not like this. They want to arbitrarily limit what we as a society can do with those machines. They use technical measures to take away rights from us, which we usually receive when we buy a product. The industry wants to decide what we can do with computers, and what we are not allowed to do. Do we want to give them those power, and what can we do to save the computer as a universal machine?