[Fsf-friends] Ban Closed Source Software and Hardware

Mani A a.mani.cms at gmail.com
Sat Sep 27 06:17:55 IST 2008

Research on brain tapping and variants are usually conducted in
secrecy by different military agencies and almost certainly by large
corporates. The former includes the CIA, FBI, certain units of the
Indian military and many others. In the US, a few judicial cases
relating to such activities have actually gone against the state. Such
research and the equipments developed are never reported to the public
and academic bodies. Exceptions include relatively lighter CIA games
like the MK-ULTRA (1952-62 : officially) that was disclosed in 1975.
Apart from these the few disclosures that have happened have been
subjected to much counter propaganda and counter actions.

With the severe advancement in the management of vague and imprecise
information since the seventies, the increase in computing power, AI,
neurobiology and advances in  'brain tapping' technologies, we have a
lot of reasons to feel all the more insecure. This insecurity has more
to do with the essential nature of closed source software and hardware
than anything else. It is too difficult even for skilled reverse
engineers to pronounce completely on what they seem to see.

Already we have good many applications available. It is so EASY to
misuse them. Some links are:


Some interesting open source stuff too:


Some controversial stuff:

Interesting things about the CIA here:

Who knows what the CIA and other agencies have hidden in the M$Windows
to start with?

When a group of wild buffaloes is charging at you, then you must not
wait for the stampede!

These are important reasons for a total ban on closed source software
and hardware.


A. Mani

A. Mani
Member, Cal. Math. Soc

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