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: Bullshit
by lidstah on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 03:03 UTC in reply to "Bullshit"
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SOPA and most of the stuff mentioned in the article are purely an U.S. phenomenon, and have been foreseen by a lot of people, not only Richard Stallman, and as a result of corporations having too much power.

Oh, noes, this is not a "US phenomenon". In France, we have laws like Hadopi and Loppsi which are almost the same as SOPA, and all around in europe, they're making laws like this - note that they also try to minimize the "three powers": justice power, executive power, legislative power which, ideally, shall be separated - Nowadays, Hadopi for example can take sanctions upon people *without* any judge notice or supervision, on an *automatic* basis. And you should have a look to ACTA too. You're not presumed innocent, you're presumed culprit. This is one of a hell of a hit on democracy, and an awfull hit to justice.

But I agree with you when you say "as a result of corporations having too much power".

Software has almost nothing to do with it.

I can't disagree more. Software is *everywhere* : in your car, phone, TV, computer (of course), network (of course, bis repetita), tramway, train station, airplane and airports, weapons, bank, healthcare, police, military institutions, education, science, all our world is managed by softwares, even Wall Street. 1984's paranoïa? I don't think so, just have a look at what Blue Coat did in Syria, or Amesys/Bull in Lybia, for example: lives were taken, people were tortured *because* a software scanning what happened on the network "denounced" them. Is that the future you want for your children? Because it's on its way to become reality, sooner than you expect, and for real, in our so-called "free world".

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