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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] interview with Noam Chomsky

From: J.B. Nicholson-Owens
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] interview with Noam Chomsky
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:51:53 -0600
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Kẏra wrote:
If you can explain free software in 5 minutes flat, spend 5 minutes
working out what he doesn't understand, and manage to get some sort of
endorsement out of him, that would be great.

This seems eminently achievable; it's not hard to explain what software freedom is, but also relate software freedom to people in a way where they can see how its obviously a good thing in the world.

I would tie it into his previous work, like manufacturing consent. Talk
about how software mediates every aspect of our lives, and when other
people have control over our software, they have control over us.

Some specifcs to build on this point:

Karen Sandler's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy talk is online in multiple places: for the video for a related interview and her whitepaper "Killed by Code: Software Transparency in Implantable Medical Devices"

It's not difficult to see how proprietary software in everyday devices people trust with their lives and their civil liberties -- in cars, boats, medical equipment including devices worn inside their bodies, and the voting machines people use just to name a few examples -- is foreseeably dangerous and wholly unnecessary.

I wrote an article for some time ago about my work fighting proprietary software in voting machines in Champaign county Illinois, USA. I introduced software freedom including a brief bit of history of how Stallman arrived at an ethical approach --

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