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[News] Stallman Explains Why Government Should Choose Free Software, China Rises

  • Subject: [News] Stallman Explains Why Government Should Choose Free Software, China Rises
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 01:46:00 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Protecting sovereignty with free software is a good idea and the duty of
governments, says Stallman

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| This real-life nightmare scenario is surprisingly under-reported but it 
| couldn’t provide a more convincing argument for why governments have a public 
| duty to reject proprietary software. In the United States, this worst-case 
| scenario may very well be played out during every election as the government 
| uses proprietary “e-voting” software which they cannot audit. Numerous 
| researchers have discovered that because of this situation, the United States 
| is extremely susceptible to ballot fraud. With each election that uses 
| secret, proprietary software, US citizens must ask themselves if every vote 
| actually does count in US elections. The HBO documentary, “Hacking 
| Democracy”, presents these research results and the results of their own 
| investigations, which expose unbelievable vulnerabilities in US election 
| software. In countries like Brazil, governments are switching to voting 
| software based on free software, allowing the state to audit exactly what the 
| software is doing. In the United States, still very little has been done to 
| rectify these problems.               


(Open) China Rising

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| One thing seems evident: that China is certainly punching well below its 
| weight when it comes to producing indigenous free software. Although it is 
| hard for Westerners like me to keep tabs on what is happening there, not 
| least because of language challenges, very few major projects seem to be 
| coming out of the region.     


"China has long been seen as a fertile ground for Linux and other open source
software. In a country where more than 90% of software in use is pirated, it
seems like a natural fit."


Days ago:

Norway encourages use of open source software

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