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[liberationtech] Privacy, Moglen, @ioerror, #rp12

Andre Rebentisch arebentisch at lxdesystems.com
Thu May 10 06:06:18 PDT 2012


Am 10.05.2012 14:27, schrieb Pavol Luptak:
> Yes, you have 2 options - bad "competitive" corporations on a freemarket or
> single monopoly government we have to trust. I do not like corporations,
> but choose the first option, because it is less worse.
It is not a choice between the two.

 From an ordoliberal perspective a "free competitive market" has to be 
engineered because it is no natural allocation (since companies 
themselves won't embrace competition).  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordoliberalism

In the same way, a free net has to be actively protected by law and rights.

"Market freedom" or "Net Freedom" then become the primary objective of 
government regulation: access, contestability, competition...

e.g.
Open Standards - a dominant player has no interest in open interfaces.
Net Neutrality - ISPs may prefer to build cartels with the media industry
Privacy - Cloud companies would sell your data to the highest bidder 
including foreign governments
...

"No regulation" is the unprincipled slogan of those companies which want 
carrot without stick.

Best,
André






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