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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raymond_3000
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2012-01-07

However, using free software doesn't change much for a couple reasons.
First of all, it still doesn't work on how the admin can simply change the source codes to allow filtering of certain protocols, like BitTorrent, or Tor. And we can't change it back, because we need to be upgraded to admin to change it back, and to apply it.
The second reason is that it wouldn't stop SOPA, or DCMA from being worked. People can still do, and will be forced to adjust it, even if the source code be free.
The last, and most important point is that when we connect to other computers, networks, servers, etc. we would have to trust the other person to keep it private and not show to the other people. And more often than not, when the government ask for these things, the person owning the servers would simply give the data to them.
That's why free software isn't the "magic bullet" to solve these problems.

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