The Hacker Credo: Information Wants to Be Free

First proposed by Stewart Brand, the founder of The Whole Earth Catalog, at the 1984 Hackers Conference:

On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So, you have these two fighting against each other.

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