issued by the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution has been extensively
covered elsewhere. For those who may have missed it, here are the core points:
- The "open source helps terrorists" line that featured prominently in
advance press release is gone. Security issues are touched on,
and the "security through obscurity" argument for proprietary software
is presented, but the claim that open source assists terrorism has
- Instead, the report is another attack on the GPL, featuring most of
the usual arguments and some new ones as well. For example, the
report claims that processing your code with a GPL-licensed tool
(i.e. emacs or gcc) could force your code to be released under the
GPL, which is nonsense.
- The quality of the research and writing is, in general, not what one
There are persistent claims that this report was directly funded by
Microsoft, though nothing has been demonstrated in any definitive way. For
the curious, this PoliTech
posting documents many of the (numerous) past ties between Microsoft
and the Institution.
(See also: this
point-by-point rebuttal to the report by Leon Brooks).
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