Stephen Downes

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The author observes that while "the free software movement (and related efforts in the fields of science and culture) draws upon a tradition of freedom rooted in an American libertarian tradition," it is important to align "efforts to promote free software and free culture with the rich existing tradition embodied in the South African Freedom Charter." Existing inequalities in property ownership cannot simply be entrenched, he argues, particularly in view of the IP 'land grab' taking place in Africa today, an appropriation that represents nothing less than a new colonialism. Quite so.

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