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: Regulating operators
by ngaio on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 01:24 UTC in reply to "Regulating operators"
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You are correct to note that free software can be used in nefarious ways. But you then go on to construct an argument which simply doesn't accord with reality. In the real world, the free software movement has always been against government tyranny. In the real world, some corporations have supported government tyranny by supplying technologies of repression when they've been able to get away with it, knowing the technology will be used to abuse the rights of innocent people.

Ironically, your argument is a perfect illustration of why thinking of software in a purely technical way is misguided. The free software movement has never made this mistake. Like it or not, decisions about software can never be purely technical. In the real world, such absolutes do not exist.

Edited 2012-01-03 01:25 UTC

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