Cory Doctorow is one of my heroes.
This talk is well worth a read or listen/watch if you're concerned about digital freedom.
Corporations are turning computers into "appliances" so that you can't do whatever it is that you might want to do with them. That's the current model for so-called smart phones and tablet computers.
...think of it this way: a "war on general-purpose computing" is what happens when the control freaks in government and industry demand the ability to remotely control your computers
The defenders against that attack are also control freaks—like me—but they happen to believe that device-owners should have control over their computers
Both sides want control, but differ on which side should have control.
The rest on BoingBoing here