Information Does Not Want To Be Free

Stewart Brand being, well, rad.

Stewart Brand is infamously reported as saying “information wants to be free” – the rallying cry against any limits on information ownership, the mantra for free content and ideas.

Which obviously leads to scorn and mockery: “You’ll often hear cypherpunk weenies with poorly-thought-out philosophies trot out ‘information wants to be free’ as some kind of pseudo-socialist Utopian vision.”

Except Brand never said that information wanted to be free, and I don’t even think he meant that. What he said was much more profound, and as timely now as ever.

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