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Development, Ethical Trading, and Free Software

“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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