Self-Protection In A Cloud World: Thoughts From Software Freedom Activist Richard Stallman


In the past, Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation as well as the inventor of the GNU operating system, has had harsh words regarding cloud computing. Stallman has been quoted as saying that the use of Web-based programs is "worse than stupidity," due largely to privacy issues and the erosion of the control of the users' own data. In the midst of the ongoing firestorm around NSA surveillance activities, CRN caught up with Stallman to get an update on his views. Most notably, "cloud" has become something of a four-letter word for Stallman, who also says the best way to protect privacy is to limit the collection of data. Edited excerpts of the conversation follow: