Tag Archives: freedom


The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.

Justice Douglas

Freedom of speech

At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer.

Marshall Lumsden

Freedom of choosing

When people are free to do as they choose, they usually imitate each other.


Wikileaks starts with CIA documents?

Andy Carvell at geek.com (http://www.geek.com/users/Andy%20Carvell/) reports that “[…] WikiLeaks has announced on Twitter that it will release a new document today […]” (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/wikileaks-prepares-to-leak-cia-document-20100825/).

I don’t really like to speak of this, but, I don’t also like the misuse of freedom of speech.

One thing is to release documents on companies doing bad things, another is to “burn” people working undercover or putting them in danger.

Freedom of speech is a right that should be used with some wiseness.

This post as a comment also at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/wikileaks-prepares-to-leak-cia-document-20100825/comment-page-1/#comment-3869117

Wikileaks pros and cons

The big Wikileaks bombshell happened so fastl and so furious it is difficult to judge the real consequences.

Greg Mitchell at Alternet (http://www.alternet.org/authors/6547/) reports a good walthrough the over 90 thousand documents released (full article at http://www.alternet.org/world/147635/wikileaks_bombshell_on_afghan_war:_what_you_need_to_know_).

I’m not for or against this kind of scoop.

Because on one side I put freedom of speech, on the other the risks that are taken in revealing sensitive informations.

Peace and freedom

You can have peace or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.


Internet Explorer exploit and popular belief

Jennifer LeClaire at CRM daily, just like many others on the net in different languages, recalls warnings issued in Germany and France regarding Internet Explorer security problem (full article at http://www.crm-daily.com/story.xhtml?story_id=71124).

Jennifer is quite right in everything, including the doubt that some political manouvres are taking place in Europe against Microsoft.

I’m quite curious about the number of customers actually affected by this IE weakness. Maybe will be a ridicuolus amount.

What makes me think is that everybody is talking on this issue and most of the non techie people believe is a real problem.

I’m european and I’m not for or against Microsoft (nor Google, and just to be clear, I’m not involved with both of them), but I think that in the supposed name of “freedom of choice” and freedom of speech great confusion is being put in the users arena and no advantage is given to end users.

I think it’s a quite tricky situation: everybody goes for free things but wants the same advantages of the paid ones.

At the same time, everyone approaches Microsoft as the main problem in the world just because is perceived as monopolistic, while not considering that Google has a bigger monopoly and strength than Microsoft.

And at the same time users can choose the browser they like at least in Europe (but what prevented same users to switch let’s say to Chrome or Firefox?). But are they aware of the choice they’re are taking or are just pressing some icons in the name of freedom, without knowing how to manage, for instance, support when they have problems?

At the end, I think that there are some more serious problems than choosing a browser or exploiting a weakness in a browser.

And at same time, everyone that has the knowledge of the real weight of the problem has the due to explain it.

Otherwise I think we are playing the game of those who are playing dirty, trying to make us believe that exist problems where there are not.

Internet for peace Nobel prize 2010 for and against

Lewis Wallace at Wired (http://www.wired.com/underwire/author/lewis_wallace/) writes an article reporting Wired decision to start a campaign for candidating Internet (means each one of us being behind a PC) for Peace Nobel prize 2010 (full article at http://www.wired.com/underwire/2009/11/internet-for-peace-nobel/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29, candidate site at http://www.internetforpeace.it/manifesto.cfm).

I have contrasting feelings on this action.

Why I’m for.

  • Because Internet is THE revolution of the last two centuries, having shortened distances, freed people and developed a common conscience
  • Because Internet is a media of peace and of peace keeping, permitting people to share thoughts, frustrations, dreams, ideas, hopes
  • Because the Nobel Prize for Peace can, finally, promote internet to a sort of new status of overnational media

Why I’m against.

  • Internet is immaterial and, for itself, doesn’t deserve any merit, because are people underlying that make it a “good” or “bad” media
  • Internet is not only peace.  It has inside bad feelings and habits, like everyone of us.
  • Because there are a lot of people more real than internet that deserve an help both as a prize and as money and associated visibility

At the very end, I decided to support the campaign because I hope, like Obama’s prize was this year, that this candidation will be a signal of hope for our world.

This post as a comment also at http://www.wired.com/underwire/2009/11/internet-for-peace-nobel/comment-page-1/#comment-41599

Poets, tennis and freedom

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.


Children identity theft: some considerations

Catherine Forsythe at Lockergnome writes an article talking about identity theft applied to children (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/forsythe/2009/10/26/stealing-your-childs-identity/, Brian J. O’connor article at http://www.detnews.com/article/20091026/BIZ01/910260309/1010/5-ways-to-protect-a-child-s-ID).

I think that children are, as always and unfortunately the perfect targets for evil people.

On the other side, I’m quite sure that, though early access to IT is something desirable, on the other side, this could and should happen always with adult supervision, or, at least with limited activity possibility.

Of course you can manage to tell to young people not to do something, but is not a “bulletproof” solution.

The risk is exposing children to those risks that are not evaluable.  For me, IMHO, my little daughter will have access only through incremental steps of freedom.

This comment as a post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/forsythe/2009/10/26/stealing-your-childs-identity/#comment-40666

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