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Development, Ethical Trading, and Free Software

Jan 21, 1999, 02:42 (1 Talkback[s])

"Informational goods make up a sizeable and increasing fraction of the world's trade - and an even larger fraction of profits, since margins tend to be higher. (Compare Microsoft's profit/turnover ratio with General Electrics'.) This trend towards an "information economy" is continuing. Ethical trading and appropriate technology policies should therefore cover informational products."

"Software can increase the dependence of individuals, organisations, and communities on external forces - typically large corporations with a very poor track record on acting in the public interest."

"Proprietary software not only creates new dependencies: it actively hinders self-help, mutual aid, and community development."

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