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May 30, 2002
Privacy vs Freedom of Information

I had a bit of trouble reconciling this obsession with privacy and the idea that information wants to be free. The two ideas seemed to be in opposition, yet were both common tenants of “The Hacker Ethic” and other open source environments. It seems to come down to the ability to remain anonymous, to have control of your personal information. This idea doesn’t change your source, but instead allows you to be truthful, without giving away your identity. Factual information, the information that should be free, is not a person with an identity to hide.