David Rosenthal: The Amnesiac Civilization: Part 4

Part 2 and Part 3 of this series covered the unsatisfactory current state of Web archiving. Part 1 of this series briefly outlined the way the W3C’s Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) threaten to make this state far worse. Below the fold I expand on the details of this threat.The W3C’s abstract describes EME thus:This proposal extends HTMLMediaElement [HTML5] providing APIs to control playback of encrypted content.The API supports use cases ranging from simple clear key decryption to high value video (given an appropriate user agent implementation). License/key exchange is controlled by the application, facilitating the development of robust playback applications …read more

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