This is something I posted over at the VCF but ppl here might also be interested.
It's a long video (30 min and 20 mins of questions) of an address by Cory Doctorow at a recent conference, which someone cited on my twitter feed. It highlights the trend to appliance computing but even more so warns of the danger of corporations and/or governments actually restricting or disallowing "general" computer/networking technology which users can control. Instead these machines would have a kind of build-in Malware which checks the user isn't trying to do anything considered illegal or wrong (as defined by the laws of that state).
Conspiracy theory or maybe not? Food for thought anyway.http://youtu.be/HUEvRyemKSg