Jean Lievens: David Bollier on Dangers of Proprietary Code – the Volkswagen Example

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Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

Volkswagen Scandal Confirms the Dangers of Proprietary Code

There is one notable aspect to the Volkswagen emission-cheating scandal that few commentators have mentioned:  It would not have happened if the software for the pollution-control equipment had been open source. Volkswagen knew it could defraud consumers and deceive regulators precisely because its software was closed, proprietary and legally protected from outside scrutiny. Hardly anyone could readily check to see if the software was performing as claimed.

Phi Beta Iota: The other interesting thing we are noticing is how spam lists are being used to silence dissenters. Without any due process, without any court of last resort or means of redress, those critical of the Zionists and specific powers are being “disappeared” from the Internet…a form of digital assassination. This is particularly prevalent within the progressive press of the USA.