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What About My Needs?

While everyone (FCC, FBI, RIAA) is lining up to decide what software you can run, I’d just like to ask that I be included in the list.

The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves.

No, really. In an obscure “policy” document released around 9 p.m. ET last Friday, the FCC announced this remarkable decision.

According to the three-page document, to preserve the openness that characterizes today’s Internet, “consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.” Read the last seven words again.

Actually, no. I’d like to decide what software I run, subject to my needs. Thank you. (From “FBI to get veto power over PC software?“)

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