Your Printer, Tool of the Man
The EFF has done some great work on how high resolution color printers are embedding tracers in every document they print. It’s at “DocuColor Tracking Dot Decoding Guide.” I’d call them high quality printers, but how could I? They intentionally distort every document they print on the off-chance it contains evidence of thoughtcrime.
The work was done by Robert Lee, Seth Schoen, Patrick Murphy, Joel Alwen, and Andrew “bunnie” Huang. Also, Hack-a-day has some good links in their story.
I’d really prefer not to live in a world which is built on the assumption that everyone is a criminal, and that we need to deploy tracking technologies to catch those dastardly people before they, umm, print again.
I was having trouble finding a concise way to say this, but Alex Tabarrok nails it in his post entitled “Goodbye Samizdat.”