Richard Stallman, thank you for signing our article in Médiapart Journal.

On the subject of digital sovereignty and autonomy, Richard Stallman published an article: “Measures Governments Can Use to Promote Free Software And why it is their duty to do so”.

“Each generation has its philosopher, writer or artist who captures the spirit of the times. Sometimes these philosophers are recognized as such; often it takes generations before they are recognized. But recognized or not, an era is still marked by people talking about their ideals, in the murmur of a poem or the explosion of a political movement.

Our generation has a philosopher. He is neither an artist nor a professional writer. He’s a programmer. Richard Stallman began his work in the MIT labs as a programmer and operating system architect. He built his career in the public arena as a programmer and founding architect of a movement for freedom in a world increasingly defined by “code”.

Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School