A dispatch from the front lines of right to repair

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"FUD fighting on the front lines of right to repair: As our homes, workplaces and public spaces fill with Internet-connected "smart" stuff, a digital right to repair is critical to protecting consumer rights, property rights and civil liberties. Despite that, electronics giants like Apple, Samsung, LG and General Electric have snuffed out scores of proposed state laws seeking to create such a right. How? By scaring legislators with tales of device hacking, cyber stalking and identity theft."

Original story by LibrePlanet 2021 and the Free Software Foundation. Published 2021-03-22, Originally published 2021-03-21.
This work is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Video Copyright LibrePlanet 2021 / Free Software Foundation. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike

Creating a legal right to repair our stuff means short-circuiting these arguments and injecting a dose of facts into hearings and public debate. In this presentation, Paul Roberts, the founder of SecuRepairs, provides a dispatch from the front lines of right to repair and how his group of more than 200 IT and information security professionals is doing battle to set the record straight on cybersecurity and the right to repair.

"Paul Roberts is the founder of SecuRepairs, and the publisher and Editor in Chief of The Security Ledger, an independent security news Web site that explores the intersection of cyber security with the Internet of Things. Paul is a seasoned reporter, editor, and industry analyst, covering the information technology ("cyber") security space. His writing has appeared in publications including Forbes, The Christian Science Monitor, MIT Technology Review, The Economist Intelligence Unit, CIO Magazine, ZDNet, and Fortune Small Business. He has appeared on NPR’s Marketplace Tech Report, KPCC AirTalk, Fox News Tech Take, Al Jazeera, and The Oprah Show. You can find Paul online on Twitter at @paulfroberts, @securityledger, and @securepairs."

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