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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RE: Reality check
by tidux on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 02:25 UTC in reply to "Reality check"
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We don't need "large portions of the population" to be eyes on the code - we just need a few paranoid hackers acting as whistleblowers, who can point to where in the source code the malice happens. If we don't have the freedom to run, inspect, modify, and redistribute that software, that can't happen. The "trust the big institutions" mindset is what got the world into this plutocratic nightmare.

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