A new book - Journal of Omnifarious
Jun. 17th, 2004
11:30 pm - A new book
I got a new book in the mail the other day: "Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman".
I will posit that this is probably the most important work of philosophy to have been produced in the last 20 years. Every single person in the US should be familiar with the ideas in this book. The politics of software will have a deep and fundamental impact on everybody's lives. Increasingly the architecture of the spaces we move in is made of software. The limitations and freedoms of everyday life are controlled by software. Our social spaces (like this one) are increasingly controlled by software. So, understanding its nature from a political standpoint is very important.
The introduction of this book was written by Lawrence Lessig. If you doubt the importance of software, I would suggest you go read his book "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace".
If nothing else, perhaps it will help you understand why many computer scientists and hackers feel that it is an absolute, non-negotiable requirement that any software for voting machines must fit the Free Software definition.