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Does information really want to be free?

My day job has been keeping me hopping and I will have some interesting things to tell about it in the not too distant future. Think real privacy online and you are on track. Plus we are working with the government about this problem they have with their own information. Again, more to follow soon. Today I will point you at our recently launched blog and my first post. Note the suit and tie in the picture, not your Uncle Jimbo status quo.

Does information really want to be free?

This has been a rallying cry of many activists regarding digital information on the internet. The term free has been used to mean both without cost and unconstrained in distribution.

One of the earliest uses was by Stewart Brand talking to Apple's Steve Wozniak at a hacker conference back in the 80's:

"On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other. "

The very nature of the internet and World Wide Web facilitates the easy replication and sharing of pretty much any type of digital content. The hard thing is actually stopping that from happening, as many musicians, movie studios and other media types have been made painfully aware. Napster was the first major breakthrough in making free information a "product" (that is if a free piece of software that helps you trade music you didn't pay for can be called a product).