Stallman calls for end to ‘war on sharing’

Surveillance, censorship, restrictive data formats and software-as-a-service threatened the freedom of IT users, GNU founder and free software activist Richard Stallman claimed.

In a keynote presentation at the World Computer Congress in Brisbane on Tuesday, Stallman asserted that digital society had to be “free” in order to be a benefit, and not an attack.

“It may turn out that technology is a huge disaster for society,” he said, highlighting its potentials for censorship and surveillance.

He criticised Australian plans to force telcos and ISPs to store browsing and call logs in a similar fashion to the European Directive on Data Retention.

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