Evil Free Software
Abstract: Freedom is only one of the ethical aspects of software. But freedom is a tool for ensuring enabling ??? other ends as well a good in its own right -- Need to consider human freedoms more generally, not necessarily just those of the user of the software.
Note: this is written from a "left-wing" perspective and the author is an anarchist.
Free software can be evil. Consider, for example, the software for controlling torture machinery - ???.
Or consider software used to ??? medical record system -- it can empower patients, giving them freedom to access their medical histories and make their own choices, or ???
empowering individuals -- workers, citizens -- or enabling control
voting software - the code may be auditable, but how it is connected to the actual hardware is also critical -- needs broader ??? free software helps with this -- ??? - but can't guarantee ??? in itself.
- ideas from Amartya Sen's ??? capabilities (Development As Freedom)
- exchange with Shawn ??? (New South Wales Green party)