The battle for our data: a holiday allegory
Dec 22, 2010, 07:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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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."