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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] The future of Free Software and Free Society

From: Asli Telli
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] The future of Free Software and Free Society
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:03:42 +0200

Dear list members,
I'm really glad this discussion has turned its focus to social impact and social significance of free software and open source issue. Will is right, software freedom is a priority; however those that can enjoy and practice freedom chunk of software are a very small minority.

Let's just try to think of the adoption mechanism: Once early adopter / non-technical communities start seeing the core value in document freedom, they also become interested in the sort of software that supports the platform/interface those documents are hosted. This must be somehow our open-end in the tunnel for creating a vision of social good rather than manipulative social intelligence and commercial stakes of states as well as commercial IT/software giants. This would also ease our job of wider dissemination of software / document freedom both micro and macro scales.



2015-03-10 7:51 GMT+02:00 Will Hill <>:
Thank you for doing document freedom work, but I think you have to put
software freedom first in your explanations.  It's as simple as telling
people that non free software works for other people and does bad things to
the user.  The high cost of information ownership is more than apparent to
people who's devices spy on them, won't let them share with their friends, or
even own the media they think they are buying.  If you give people the right
framework, they can work out the details for themselves each time some
computer infuriates them.

You can end your explanation of the benefits of free formats by telling people
that non free platform owners can nullify all of the benefits.  Apple, for
example, is being sued for deleting people's music that had not been
purchased through Apple's store.

I enjoy talking to Pirate Party people about these issues.  They have lots of
interesting ideas and hopefully will be able to carry them out.  I also enjoy
sharing with them some free software insights, like RMS's wonderful
perspective and practical reform ideas,

One thing I think the Pirate Party should understand is that none of their
reforms will have practical impact without software freedom.  We need to be
careful that reforms undermine our oppressors without accidently torpedoing
software freedom.

On Monday 09 March 2015, Robinson Tryon wrote:
> At least in the US, I'm not so sure that the general public sees the
> importance or usefulness of things such as [software freedom]
>... we've got to start with small tidbits such as the intrinsic, personal
> benefits of having access to one's own data, and build upon that
> starting point as the basis for greater education and acceptance.
> ...
> Everyone on this list, or *everyone* ? If change is desired, we need
> to have a solid, believable plan to sell to everyone out there who's
> buying diapers and paying a mortgage based on income from proprietary
> software and DRM'd media.
> ...
> Will there be many at LibrePlanet? It would be great to hear policy
> positions, etc...

Asst. Prof. Dr. Asli Telli Aydemir
Istanbul Şehir University West Campus
Dept. of  Cinema & Television
Altunizade Mah. Oymacı Sok. No: 15   
34660 Uskudar/Istanbul, Turkiye

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