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The battle for our data: a holiday allegory

Dec 22, 2010, 07:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

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"While many software developers and enthusiasts have been focusing on the push for open source software, did we miss the fact that somewhere along the line companies got a hold of something even more important: our personal data?

"I am not someone that's typically the tin-foil-hat type. But I am seeing a marked increase in the tension between the public users who claim inheritance to the Internet and the private entities that may actually control it.

"Every time there's a site blocked on the Internet, supporters usually first go to the "free speech" defense. First off, that's a lovely sentiment--if users and site operators all uniformly lived in nations where free speech was actually the letter of the law. Freedom of expression is something that's denied to billions of people on a daily basis--so any whining about loss of freedom is coming from citizens or subjects of countries that have the luxury of freedom of expression to begin with."

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