Thursday, March 03, 2005

Fighting for the "freedom to tinker"

A Daily Princetonian article about Ed Felten gives some nice background on how attacks by the "IP industry" have radicalized a mild-mannered Computer Science professor.

"The world is an imperfect place, and Edward Felten likes to tinker with it. Sitting behind his desk in a spacious office in the Computer Science Building, Felten is an unlikely poster child for academic freedom. The desk is piled high with papers, and an abandoned keyboard sits in a box in the corner of the room. But the scholarly, soft-spoken professor has more than once been the center of attention--and he isn't afraid to put himself there again.
'Ed is not very easily intimidated,' computer science professor Andrew Appel said.
In December, Felten released the world's smallest peer-to-peer file-sharing program--15 lines of code he named tinyP2P--to prove that such programs could not easily be banned."

I highly recommend his blog, Freedom to Tinker.

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