Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Malware is not only about viruses – companies preinstall it all the time


The companies that sell malware are skilled at spinning the malfunctionalities as services to the consumer but they could offer most of these services with freedom and anonymity if they wanted to.
It is fashionable to recognise the viciousness of today’s computing only to declare resistance unthinkable. Many claim that no one could resist gratification for mere freedom and privacy. But it’s not as hard as they say. We can resist:
Individually, by rejecting proprietary software and web services
that snoop or track.
Collectively, by organising to develop free/libre replacement systems and web services that don’t track who uses them.
Democratically, by legislation to criminalise various sorts of malware practices. This presupposes democracy, and democracy requires defeating treaties such as the TPP and TTIP that give companies the power to suppress democracy.

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