richard stallman speaks blockchain gnu taler

You’ll be able to get a Taler token from your bank, or a whole bunch of Taler tokens, and then you’ll be able to use those to pay anonymously.

Then if the store can send the thing you bought to a delivery box in your neighborhood, the store doesn’t ever have to know who you are.

But there’s another issue Stallman touched on earlier in his talk: There is a proposed U.S. law called KOSA which would require mandatory age-verification of users — which means mandatory identification of users, which is likely to mean via face recognition. And it would be in every commercial software application or electronic service that connects to the internet…. [It’s] supposedly for protecting children. That’s one of the favorite excuses for surveillance and repression: to protect the children. Whether it would actually protect anyone is dubious, but they hope that won’t actually be checked….


In fact, it is supported by Richard Stallman.

Unlike Bitcoin, GNU Taler is not a crypto-currency, but a payment system designed to be used for anonymous business cancellations.

In addition, the payer uses a signature or token, one needed with each purchase, to get money from the system. So it’s an alternative to Bitcoin?

Meanwhile, according to an article published in Security, Privacy, and Applied Cryptography Engineering, GNU Taler is described as complying with ethical considerations.
The paying customer is anonymous, while the merchant is identified and taxed.

GNU Taler is not a crypto currency

Richard Matthew Stallman, say you can use your bank account to get tokens from Taler.


However, according to Stallman, that recommendation isn’t as fantastical as it seems.

“I know that is a stretch, but from what I heard there, it isn’t totally impossible,” he wrote.

Here are Stallman’s 10 suggestions to Microsoft:

  1. Help keep computers unlocked – no “secure boot” that restricts what systems we can run. Truly secure boot means YOU specify what system is allowed to run in your computer.
  2. Help make peripherals safe – no back doors in their embedded software.
    This applies to keyboards, cameras, disks and memory sticks, since they contain computers and with preinstalled software that can be replaced through a universal back door. Crackers do that, installing malware into them, which becomes an advanced persistent threat.
    I can explain more if desired.
  3. Publicly take back Microsoft’s attacks on copyleft made in the 2000s.

Microsoft might love Linux these days because it makes business sense. But free-software pioneer Richard Stallman thinks Microsoft still needs to make amends for the nasty things its top execs have said about open source in the past and to publicly apologize for them.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once described Linux and the General Public License as a “cancer”.
One-time Windows boss Jim Allchin also called open source a killer of intellectual property and un-American.

Stallman, a long-time critic of Microsoft and founder of the GNU project, to the surprise of some delivered a speech at Microsoft Research earlier this month. The free-software movement argues against proprietary constraints, as opposed to zero-cost software.


Ballmer called the GPL a “cancer”. Allchin called it “un-American”.

  • Encourage copylefting of application and library code, maybe even system and tool code.
  • Direct GitHub to promote correct and clear use of licenses and the best use of copyleft – GPL version 3 or later.
  • Help fight against copyright on interfaces.
  • Help make the web usable with JavaScript deactivated.
  • Implement an anonymous internet sales platform that doesn’t require JavaScript, using GNU Taler.
  • Publish the hardware interface of products such as HoloLens so we can run them without any non-free software. Even if our software is years behind, that will be better than not being able to use these devices at all.
  • Release the source code of Windows under the GNU GPL.
  • During a 92-minute presentation Wednesday on the state of the free software movement, Richard Stallman spoke at length on a wide variety of topics, including the need for freedom-respecting package systems.

    But Stallman also shared his deepest thoughts on a topic dear to the hearts of Slashdot readers: privacy and currency: I won’t order from online stores, because I can’t pay them. For one thing, the payment services require running non-free JavaScript…

    [And] to pay remotely you’ve got to do it by credit card, and that’s tracking people, and I want to resist tracking too…. This is a really serious problem for society, that you can’t order things remotely anonymously.

    But GNU Taler is part of the path to fixing that.

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    According to attendees, Stallman told the company that Microsoft-owned code-sharing site GitHub should push users towards “better software license hygiene”, tell hardware makers – which includes Microsoft these days – to publish their specs, and make it easier to bypass Secure Boot.

    A few weeks later he resigned from his role at MIT and as president of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) after an email he wrote surfaced suggesting that a victim of billionaire convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was “willing”.

    Stallman last week published a blog explaining what he told Microsoft employees after news of his talk “led to a certain amount of speculation and rumor”.

    “I am sure the Microsoft staff I addressed saw that that could never happen. I resisted Steve Jobs’s snow job in 1989 or 1990; I am no easy mark for those who want me to change my views.”

    He also highlights the distinction between open-source software and the free software movement, which are often mistakenly seen as interchangeable.

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    Another notable suggestion was that Microsoft should publish the hardware interface of its HoloLens headgear, so people can use it without non-free software.

    “Even if our software is years behind, that will be better than not being able to use these devices at all,” he added.

    And one that seems unimaginable: release the source code of Windows under the GNU GPL.

    One thing that is certain in life is that things will not always go our way. Things will get tough and we will face challenges. It’s during these times that we are faced with a choice.

    Do we crumble or do we stand strong?

    The problem is that most of us don’t know how to handle these challenges and come out of them stronger than before. We must realize that setbacks are a part of life, and it’s during these setbacks that we forge our character.

    When I was younger and I encountered setbacks, I had no idea what to do.

    I would often just lie down in bed and mope. But, as I aged, I became more aware that there was nothing to be gained by allowing my mind to focus on the setback itself. It was then that I created an action plan for myself, so that whenever I faced a setback – no matter how big or small – I knew exactly what to do.

    You can always propose a completely useless method that will repress everyone….

    So instead, Stallman suggests that age verification could be handled by…. GNU Taler: Suppose there’s some sort of service which charges money, or even a tiny amount of money, and is only for people over 16, or people over 18 or whatever it is.
    Well, you could get from your bank a Taler token that says the person using this token is over 16. This bank has verified that…. So then the site only needs to insist on a 16-or-over Taler token, and your age is verified, but the site has no idea who you are. Unfortunately that won’t help if user-identifying age-tracking systems are legislated now.

    He also suggests an alternative called GNU Taler, which is not even a crypto-currency, but which he says could be used for digital payments.Who is Richard Stallman?

    Richard Matthew Stallman, often known as RMS, is an American programmer and founder in 1983 of the free software movement. He is also the creator of the GNU operating system.

    He also invented the concept of Copyleft and the GPL.

    In addition to this, he has developed many computer programs, such as Emacs, GCC and GNU Debugger.

    At the same time, he has written many essays related to free software, its ethics and practical application, and the dangers it faces.

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    What is GNU Taler? GNU Taler is an electronic payment and micro transaction system based on free software.

    Taler is short for „Taxable Free Economic Reserves“.

    Among the list of 10 recommendations he has provided, Stallman notes that he told Microsoft employees to “publicly take back Microsoft’s attacks on copyleft made in the 2000s”.

    Microsoft under CEO Satya Nadella has never acknowledged Ballmer’s attacks on open source. However, after resigning from Microsoft, Ballmer said he now loves Linux – to the extent that it now makes money for Microsoft Azure, whereas it once threatened Windows, Office, and other Microsoft product revenues.

    However, Stallman primarily wants to counter suggestions he’s somehow softened his stance on Microsoft and non-free software.

    “There are those who think that Microsoft invited me to speak in the hope of seducing me away from the free software cause.

    Some fear that it might even have succeeded,” wrote Stallman.

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