Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Feb 2011 23:11 UTC
In the News "So why do all these American reporters, who know quite well that they get praise and money for doing what Assange has done, stand in a silence that can only be called cowardly, while a fellow publisher faces threats of extradition, banning, prosecution for spying - which can incur the death penalty - and calls for his assassination? [...] U.S. journalism's business model is collapsing; the people who should be out in front defending Assange are facing cut salaries or unemployment because of the medium that Assange represents. These journalists are not willing to concede that Assange is, of course, a publisher, rather than some sort of hybrid terrorist blogger, because of their self-interested prejudices against a medium in which they are not the gatekeepers." Great article - focussing on the US, but just as applicable in the rest of the world (except the great nation of Iceland, obviously). The internet could very well become the single most important 'invention' in human history. We must stand guard against our governments getting their filthy, inefficient, censoring, controlling, and damaging hands on it.
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Free Society needs Free Software
by JRepin on Mon 7th Feb 2011 23:38 UTC
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And here is a great keynote from FOSDEM 2011 on why Free Software is needed to achieve the goal of independence in todays digital age:
Why Political Liberty Depends on Software Freedom More Than Ever (http://streaming.fosdem.org:8000/janson/political-part01.ogv">p... ) (http://streaming.fosdem.org:8000/janson/political-part02.ogv">p... ). We must not let the control over media get into only few hands.

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