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#63.0 - Digital Freedom

10 Apr 2024

Software libero and freedom in the digital society

Richard Matthew Stallman - Founder of the Free Software Foundation

There are many threats to freedom in the digital society. They include massive surveillance, censorship, digital handcuffs, nonfree software that controls users, and the War on Sharing. Computers for voting make election results untrustworthy. Other threats come from the use of web services. Finally, we have no assured right to make any particular use of the Internet; every activity is precarious, permitted only as long as companies are willing to cooperate with our doing it. All of these threats originate more or less in the use of nonfree software. That is why free software is the first battle in the liberation of cyberspace.

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