“Digital information and communication technology offers the possibility of a new world of freedom. It also offers possibilities of surveillance and control which dictatorships of the past could only struggle to establish. The battle to decide between these possibilities is being fought now.” — Richard Stallman
Stallman: if dictator takes power, it’ll be too late to limit power of state to survey us – we must campaign to end digital surveillance now
Stallman: teach free software in schools, never a proprietary program, as this teaches dependance
Stallman: US companies(under USA Patriot Act) allow police to collect most of data that companies store about people, inc library records
About Richard Stallman
Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today.
Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.
Press Review (in French)
- Richard Stallman : « Il faut exiger la liberté », Libération, 14 janvier 2010
- Richard Stallman : “L’utilisateur doit contrôler le programme, pas l’inverse”, LeMonde.fr, 14 juin 11
- Techniquement un progrès, socialement une régression. Interview de Richard Stallman, PC INpact, 11 juin 2011
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