Eben Moglen’s Freedom in the Cloud Talk

I watched Eben’s speech but now I can quote it too thanks to the transcript done by the friends at Software Freedom Law Center. Talking about the problems of the cloud services, Eben hits Facebook hard with his rhetoric: The human race has susceptibility to harm but Mr. Zuckerberg has attained an unenviable record. He…

The cost of monopoly in the cloud

Reading of the latest cyber attacks against South Korea and USA digital systems, I remembered a rather old post from Gen Kanai @Mozilla, the cost of a monoculture. It’s about monopoly, government decisions and security in the cloud. [South Korea] is also a unique monoculture where 99.9% of all the computer users are on Microsoft…

Google plans to own you. More.

Finally Google revealed its plans to enter the operating system market. The first thing that comes to mind are chairs flying in Microsoft offices πŸ™‚ The other thing comes from this statement: β€œAll Web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite Web technologies,” the company said. It means cloud…

Thoughts on mobile cloud computing

Mobile cloud computing represents an opportunity for the free/libre open source software movement that is just as big and radical as cloud computing, maybe even moreso. This is part 1 of a post about it, part 2 will follow shortly. By the end of 2009, 4 billion people will use mobile phones. By 2013, that…

Locked devices, GPLv3 and the path to mobile freedom

In a recent discussion with friends I realized that tivoization is a sub-optimal world to describe the problem that the Free Software community has with freedom being controlled by those that control the hardware.Β  The word clearly targets one specific company, so the problem gets somewhat reduced in scope. The real issue is not limited…