Three-pronged Strategy for Openness

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Ed Felten [1]:

Excerpt,with the phrases comparing 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 (in the Cold War, an open and free society) 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." (