Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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Good one!
by korpenkraxar on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 23:16 UTC
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This is a topic and development I think many of us have thought about and/or debated over the years and I agree it is quickly getting less theoretical.

However, compared to most people I talk to about this, I seem to be more optimistic. I actually think some new cultural and technological developments are on our side.

As people get used to sharing on social networks, the concepts of sharing, reciprocal transparency and privacy will get increasingly important and that people start demanding more open governments and companies. The next step for social networks are local neighborhood networks that may renew and foster participation in local politics. Normalizing sharing may deeply change both culture and politics. Facebook kills RIAA :-)

I think we can expect a singular event in the 3D printing/maker scene in the next ten years following a technological breakthrough coupled with community development. Local (and eventually, home) manufacturing will be profoundly empowering. What we need is the Stallman and Torvalds of the next phase in individual liberation and we need to move faster than the law makers... :-)

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