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If free software is so commonplace, then why of all things should we celebrate its freedom? Isn't that as absurd as celebrating the freedom of your fridge to keep your milk fresh, or the freedom of your toaster to toast your toast?
Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, announced the following invitation on Twitter: "Calling all online #freedom defenders. I REALLY want 2 hear how u think #EU can use #cybersecurity 2increase freedom Specific ideas; tell me" Several obvious approaches to freedom and computer security come to mind.
It is the freedom to live our lives to its fullest without harming anybody else and without violating any of our accepted social norms. There are several areas of life where we invoke this freedom. We are primarily concerned with three different areas - Software Freedom, Freedom from Social Evils, Freedom to live our future.
"Many of us in the Free Software community have a certain level of “activist” within us, pushing those around us towards the ideals that we cherish. Ideals such as freedom. Freedom of communication, freedom of data, freedom of choice. This March 26th is Document Freedom Day, another occasion where we can band together and help promote Open Document Standards..."
"This is a post about freedom. The freedom to keep your data for yourself and the freedom to run free software. You should be able to reclaim and enjoy these freedoms also when using web applications. [...] Let me be clear: web apps are great and I’m in love with them. But I think it’s time to ask for more freedom and more privacy. Here is a three step plan to achieve both these results..."
"... «I ask you to please always call it Free Software because that way you will encourage other people to pay attention to the question of freedom. The term Open Source was formulated by people who did not want to talk about freedom and that is the stupidest thing any people can do.
“You can have freedom without choice.” That someone could even come up with this one is just amazing to me. The ability to choose is a major part of what freedom—or liberty—is. If you cannot make a choice on a matter, then by definition you do not have freedom in the context of that matter.
According to a statement issued by Zyxware Technologies, a vending machine that can be used to copy and distribute free and open source software has been made possible due to the freedom associated with free software. Free software allows people to use, study, modify and share software without any restrictions.