[ubuntu-uk] Privacy award

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Sat Jul 19 18:58:47 BST 2008

Craig wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-07-19 at 14:51 +0100, Mac wrote:
>> On this matter, you might be interested to listen to Eben Moglen's talk at the 
>> 2007 MySQL conference:
>> http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail1897.html
>> Mac
> Thanks, bookmarked link for later date. I just find people who seem to
> be all over Google's back about privacy don't realise that useful search
> results and user knowledge are hand in hand. Google aren't the only ones
> too, I guess they just do more with it.
> As I say, I'll watch that link when I have time.

It is not so much the 'google' end of things. Google and etc are just 
doing what is good for them - and me, now, - in a way that works well 
now. Unfortunately there are cracks in the floorboards of the 
structures in society, and we may not be aware of the importance of 
these yet. However, visionaries can fortunately point them out, 
however inconvenient we might find them.

Most people do not even use freedom software, they just did what was 
natural to use windows. It was natural, by putting one foot in front 
of the other. The route was not only easy, maybe too easy, but the 
alternative was really quite difficult and inconvenient.

The dangers are fairly obvious with only very little thought. If 
google did not do its stuff, then another company would anyway. It is 
our own individual decisions, and how we shape and trust our society, 
politics and laws, which are the key aspects of the future.

Churchill is quoted as saying that the one lesson of history which 
people never learn  - is - the lesson of history.
Freedom is hard won and easily lost. I wish us luck, we may need it.
alan cocks
Kubuntu user#10391
Linux user #360648

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