The Free Software Foundation founder and activists Richard M Stallman has been inducted into the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame along with Aaron Swartz, Jimmy Wales and John Perry Barlow.
Stallman, known for expressing his candid views on subjects which compromise user’s freedom, wears many hats. He founded the Free Software Foundation, wrote the most widely user free software licence GNU GPL, created the GNU Project and much more.
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Stallman has always been an opponent of the ‘cloud’-based computing and his fears were true, as usual, as we just learned about the mass surveillance programs by the US and the UK government – two imperial forces of the world.
On receiving this honor, Stallman said, “Now that we have made the Internet work, the next task is to stop it from being a platform for massive surveillance, and makes it work in a way that respects human rights, including privacy.”
The best way to celebrate his induction into the Hall of Fame would be to disconnect yourself from the public cloud (set-up your ownCloud), stop using Ubuntu Unity’s data collection feature and fight for your privacy.