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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Excellent article
by anarchisttomato on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 02:43 UTC
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Goodness, I couldn't agree more. What have we become? In a bid for increasing convenience, we're increasingly giving away our freedoms (for instance, we all know how our mobiles can be used for tracking us, but we do so anyway - and I needn't mention Facebook!). Stallman aside, these patterns were shown to us in works like 1984, and we've just accepted each part of the puzzle with gradualism until we've just about arrived at these Orwellian nightmares.

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