Monday, 9 February 2015

EFF Also Not Happy With YouTube Without Flash Player

In late January announced that Google's now standard HTML5 for video playback, so users do not have Adobe Flash Player need more, but according to the American civil rights movement EFF this is not a victory or improvement for Internet users.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is also not in favor of Adobe Flash Player, which it describes as a closed technology where regular vulnerabilities are found in exposing millions of users to attack. Switching to HTML5 seems at first sight, therefore an improvement, but it is anything but that, late science fiction writer, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow know.

The problem is that to play Youtube videos without Flash Player Encrypted Media Extension (EME) is used. According Doctorow a controversial technology that Apple, Microsoft and Google, after consultation with Netflix agreed upon. In the spring of 2013 decided the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is behind to rally the extension. Last May, Mozilla joined here. According to the browser developer would be no support for Netflix users lose other browser vendors. To the annoyance of Doctorow, who likens it to "destroy the village to save it."

In the case of YouTube is it now means that users without Adobe Flash Player to view videos. "As long as your browser supports the W3C version of Adobe's proprietary software," says Doctorow. Firefox Users can view all the Youtube videos without Flash, but will in some cases require standardized by W3C Encrypted Media Extension. But who uses proprietary software from Adobe, including Mozilla announced last year. According Doctorow is therefore ultimately nothing changed.

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