Demon-Haunted World

From Locus Online, an essay by Cory Doctorow looking at cheating in a world run by software.

Unlike hardware, software is smart enough to cheat depending on who’s looking (VW’s diesel cheat fooled regulators, it wasn’t for customers).   Anti-consumer laws compound this.  For example, the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (1986) makes it a crime, with jail-time, to violate a company’s terms of service. Logging into a website under a fake ID to see if it behaves differently depending on who it is talking to is thus a potential felony, provided that doing so is banned in the small-print clickthrough agreement when you sign up.