Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2017 09:05 UTC
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The world has become like an eerily banal dystopian novel. Things look the same on the surface, but they are not. With no apparent boundaries on how algorithms can use and abuse the data that's being collected about us, the potential for it to control our lives is ever-growing.

Our drivers' licenses, our keys, our debit and credit cards are all important parts of our lives. Even our social media accounts could soon become crucial components of being fully functional members of society. Now that we live in this world, we must figure out how to maintain our connection with society without surrendering to automated processes that we can neither see nor control.

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FSF
by Darkmage on Fri 15th Sep 2017 02:49 UTC
Darkmage
Member since:
2006-10-20

Free Software is the only answer to the encroaching surveillance state. It should be obvious to anyone who cares about freedom and privacy anymore, there's only one choice and that's Free Software. Doesn't matter if it's AROS, FreeBSD or Linux. If it doesn't respect your user freedoms it won't help you.

Edited 2017-09-15 02:49 UTC

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RE: FSF
by Rokas on Fri 15th Sep 2017 04:43 in reply to "FSF"
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2017-09-12

Not Free Software... Open Source Software. Free software does not help the situation in any way, if it's still closed source.

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RE[2]: FSF
by Alfman on Fri 15th Sep 2017 07:34 in reply to "RE: FSF"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Rokas,

Not Free Software... Open Source Software. Free software does not help the situation in any way, if it's still closed source.



I'm sure he meant "free as in freedom, not as in beer" ;)

Darkmage,

Free Software is the only answer to the encroaching surveillance state. It should be obvious to anyone who cares about freedom and privacy anymore, there's only one choice and that's Free Software. Doesn't matter if it's AROS, FreeBSD or Linux. If it doesn't respect your user freedoms it won't help you.


Playing devil's advocate, just because platforms are FOSS, it doesn't strictly mean manufacturers aren't trampling on owner's interests anyways. For example: many of the freedom aspects of linux have not carried over into android, which despite running linux, can be as invasive as proprietary platforms.

Huge swaths of embedded controllers running linux offer owners no way to go in and change or inspect the system. The point is, merely running linux isn't enough to ensure one's freedoms, one needs system access too. Sadly this isn't happening in the new embedded markets where linux has shown strong growth.

Edited 2017-09-15 07:35 UTC

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