Today, Internet aims at connecting users to servers, and this gives rise to many abuses such as surveillance, says Richard Stallman
Mumbai:Richard Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation, is best known for having launched the free software, mass collaboration GNU project. However, despite being a veteran techie, he does not use a mobile phone, surfs the Internet anonymously for fear of compromising his personal data in cyberspace, does not purchase goods online and discourages the use of paid software and proprietary data formats. In an interview on Monday, Stallman said he believes that while the state is essential to society, its snooping can pose a bigger danger to individuals than terrorism. He also insists that companies have no business tracking people, and fears that the so-called Internet of things, which envisages more and more devices getting connected online, will only add to unwarranted surveillance by the state and companies. Edited excerpts:
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