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