On the software obstacles that prevent your phone from being repaired

I wrote a new analysis of the right to repair under European law, what its roots are, and how it fails to address some of the software-related obstacles manufacturers are creating. In the analysis, I’m focusing on the practice of “part-pairing”, that is: tying components to a device via software, thus preventing them from being repaired. And conclude that the idea of autonomy should be an important driver underlying the right to repair.

The full article is available in Dutch on the De Correspondent:

Je telefoon en stofzuiger zijn steeds moeilijker te repareren – en dat is een aanval op jouw vrijheid