"Richard Stallman, in receiving an honorary Doctorate from
Italy's University of Pavia, brought back memories of the basic
primary school principle that students bringing cookies to class
should bring enough for everyone.
"In his speech, Richard Stallman discussed how innovation can
impact individuals and society for better or for worse. He pointed
out the negative innovation of bringing criminal charges against
fishermen for rescuing distressed migrants at sea. Such innovations
directly affect our freedom. Stallman went on to pose the question
he considers most vital when considering technological innovations:
'How does this affect our freedom? How does this affect our social
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