There’s an interesting article at OSNews about Richard Stallman and his FSF principles. His philosophy rings especially true in these times with the recent passing of the NDAA, SOPA discussions, and the growing threat of increased monitoring and restrictions.
However, as the world changes, the importance of the ability to check what the code in your devices is doing – by someone else in case you lack the skills – becomes increasingly apparent. If we lose the ability to check what our own computers are doing, we’re boned.
The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race.