AP Plans to Become Big Brother, Track Your Media Habits
This from E&P:
Here is an explanation of how it will work:
“The registry will employ a microformat for news developed by AP and which was endorsed two weeks ago by the Media Standards Trust, a London-based nonprofit research and development organization that has called on news organizations to adopt consistent news formats for online content…The microformat will essentially encapsulate AP and member content in an informational ‘wrapper’ that includes a digital permissions framework that lets publishers specify how their content is to be used online and which also supplies the critical information needed to track and monitor its usage.”
Make sense? Not so much to us either except that it sort of makes the AP sound like an arm of the CIA. Also unclear is what will happen to you if you set off the AP’s “built-in beacon.” Do lasers shoot out of your computer? Does the AP automatically delete your post? Do AP police show up at your door? Probably not, though the idea that the AP will be able to control the Internet and/or not slip into irrelevance with these measures seems almost as likely.
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