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Richard Stallman: A Discussion on Freedom, Privacy & Cryptocurrencies

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Dr. Richard Stallman is well-known for his free software movement activism. His speeches and work revolve around a term: freedom. And it is precisely that word that prompted Stallman to launch the GNU Project, founding the Free Software Foundation and releasing the GNU General Public License, among other projects, to promote the free software concept.

RMS, as Dr. Stallman is also known, has some opinions regarding the concept of cryptocurrencies that have been widely discussed within the crypto community.

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Stallman gives cryptocurrencies the thumbs down

  • Stallman gives cryptocurrencies the thumbs down

    Open sauce guru Richard Stallman said he did not particularly like cryptocurrencies.

    In an interview in Cointelegraph, Stallman said that while he was not against them, and was not campaigning to eliminate them, “I just don't particularly want to use them".

    Stallman said that digital payment systems are fundamentally dangerous if they are not engineered to ensure privacy.

    Countries like China which are thinking about bringing them in are the enemy of privacy.

    “China shows what totalitarian surveillance is like. I consider that hell on earth. That's part of why I haven't used cryptocurrencies that are issued by the community. If the cryptocurrency is issued by a government, it would surveille people just the way credit cards do and PayPal does, and all those other systems meaning completely unacceptable."

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