Three-pronged Strategy for Openness

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Ed Felten [1]:

Excerpt, with the phrases concerning it with the Cold War eliminated:

"Part 1 is to contain. The good guys in the techfight will not win with lawyers; but lawyers must be used when necessary to contain the other side. Kennan’s definition of containment is apt: “a long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of [the opponent’s] expansive tendencies”.

Part 2 is to explain. This means trying to influence public opinion by explaining the benefits of an open and free environment and by rebutting the other side’s arguments.

Part 3 is to create. The best strategy in the techfight is simply to show what technology can do — how it can improve the lives of ordinary citizens. This will be the decisive factor." (