01.21.21

How a Newly Inaugurated President Biden Can Advance Software Freedom (If He Actually Wishes to Do So)

Posted in Antitrust, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Security at 10:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Spoiler: Biden does not actually care about users’ and developers’ freedom; he’ll promote monopolies like Trump and Obama did.

President Biden/Crazy Ass Biden Bug-Eyed Clinton: I... don't even think about it!

Summary: Techrights has ‘Four Suggestions’ to President Biden, the 46th ‘front end’ of American plutocracy

All those Biden images or memes should not be mistaken for — or wrongly seen as — “pro-Trump”; as we've stressed all along (even before the election), the American public was, in effect, left with no choice on the most important issues (War, Wall Street, World Climate… or WWW for short). People voted for what they perceived to be a “lesser evil”.

“Let’s see if the ‘Four Suggestions’ can be fulfilled, either in full or just partly.”That said and done, we’re gratified to know that the name “Trump” won’t be mentioned here much anymore. Let’s focus on the situation we’re in and seek to make the most out of it. Mr. Biden (now President Biden) is a close friend (kinship and personal friendship) of many who strongly oppose software freedom. We named some of these people last year.

Here are our suggestions for Biden (not that he’s going to read this blog, but let’s use that as a reference for a hypothetical ‘scorecard’):

  • Suggestion #0: Appoint a chief at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) who respects and upholds 35 U.S.C. § 101, based on Alice (SCOTUS). That chief can be someone like Andrei Iancu‘s predecessor, albeit it’s better if that chief did not come from Google or IBM (like David Kappos did). Iancu resigned a day or two before inauguration, along with his troll deputy, so there are vacancies.
  • Suggestion #1: Initiate antitrust proceedings against Microsoft. There are many antitrust violations to choose from, including the basis of the GitHub takeover.
  • Suggestion #2: Choose Free software for all public infrastructure. Almost all the recent ‘hacking’ (cracking) incidents were the fault of proprietary software, often Microsoft’s (with NSA back doors which inevitably become everyone’s back doors).
  • Suggestion #3: Provide stimulus to Free software developers instead of stimulus to the crooks mentioned in Suggestion #1. Microsoft does not deserve billions of dollars in ‘gifts’ from the taxpayers; Free software developers would make much better use of that money and give back to the public.

Let’s see if the ‘Four Suggestions’ can be fulfilled, either in full or just partly. Any of the above would be very nice indeed.

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