As computers play an increasingly important role in the way we
communicate, the people who control the software that runs on
computers play an increasingly important role in determining what we
can say, how we can say it, who we can say it to, and when we
can say it. Control over technology is power. Free software is an
attempt to say that this power should be wielded
democratically. Technological power should be held by all users of a
technology. Software freedom and user freedom are intimately
Suffice it to say that most users do not think about their software
this way. Many pay for software that is intentionally locked down so
that they can not change it, share it, or see how it works. Many use
software that spies on them, that wields antifeatures against them to
extort money from them, and that is designed and licensed in order to
keep communities of users divided and helpless. Users only put up with
software like this, in large part, because they don't think of
software in terms of freedom.
If you care about how our technologically driven future develops, and you want freedom to be at the core of this future, please consider joining the Free Software Foundation as an Associate Member.
To quote the end of this excellent post on the FSF web site, "The FSF is a small, humble organization of passionate individuals working tirelessly for our software freedom. I've seen firsthand that even small gifts make a difference."
There is no question in my mind that the technology world as we know it would be a much worse place were it not for the phenomenally important work of the FSF. They continue the fight for software freedom on all fronts every day. Or to paraphrase Tron, they "fight for the users."
Join the FSF as an Associate Member today, or please give what you can. It's money exceptionally well spent.