November 6, 2000

Open source, open protocols - we need them

Author: JT Smith

From "The tyrant of technology uses government-guaranteed technological secrets to include or
exclude people, companies, even churches and other social institutions. Nobody owns numbers,
nobody owns letters, and nobody owns the laws of physics or the rules of mathematics. But
tyrants can own protocols, they can own file formats, they can own interfaces, they can own
filters. The virtual tyrants both now and in the future can control by using the laws they create,
even if they can no longer leverage their strength to control by means of natural law."


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