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osOpinion: How to Avoid 1984 Through Our Computers

Nov 29, 1999, 15:17 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacob Gerber)

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"Since it is clear that there is a threat to spy on our everyday actions, we should look into what we can do to prevent such actions. First of all, we should look into alternative software that we can know for sure has nothing involved that would allow the government or a private institution to watch every move that we make. Linux, a UNIX clone, has the source code, or set of instructions that are designed for humans to read, freely available. Even if you cannot understand what it all means, millions of people have poured over the code and know exactly what it is instructing the computer to do. When using Linux, you can have "the blissful feeling of being... in a room with no telescreens," no matter when you use it. Even though telescreens are not specifically in use right now, "Bill Brother" or the government will not be able to watch what we are doing. If we decide that we will no longer tolerate invasive software, then we have to power to completely avoid every thing that a 1984 society has to offer by denying other people rights to our privacy."

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