The TRApp Trap

Mobile phone apps, that our board member Alexandre Oliva calls TRApps in his new article, have replaced, not very spontaneously, web sites that adhered to international standards and were compatible with free systems, TRApping people in a duopoly of proprietary and invasive systems.

When private businesses do so, it's bad; but when governments impose on citizens the use of proprietary operating systems and programs, to get public services or to comply with legal obligations, we denounce them as imposed taxing software.

They're "imposed" in the sense that you can't avoid them, and "taxing" in that they charge you and take from you your most valuable good: your freedom.

We call for consumers, citizens and users at large to resist these impositions and insist that public and private services be available through sites that will work properly when accessed with a standard browser on a free operating system, without installing freedom-depriving programs, not even those that even standard browsers themselves would install and run automatically from visited sites. And, when it's necessary to run software on the service recipient's computer, the software ought to be free.

Read the full article on our site, without TRApps or proprietary JavaScript.


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