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Freedom Services

Oct 14, 2009, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Seigo)

"Here we have spent all these years building freedom into our software and along come these online services as an end-run around that, they say.

"I actually agree with them on that point: most online services today are not freedom enhancers but freedom eroders. This was equally true of the overwhelming majority of software produced in the 80s and 90s and even much of it that is produced today. Some who have seen the doors close on certain business models framed around proprietary software have tried to dodge this by creating online services instead. Still others have seen the potential of online services and in their excitement and hurry have not considered the implications to the rights and freedoms of those who will use and perhaps even come to rely on their service.

"I do believe that there is answer for this, however: Freedom Services."

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