Memo to Bill Gates

by Volker Weber

Steve Gillmor

DEAR BILL,

I know you're a busy man -- probably the world's busiest man -- but I need your help. And not the help Word offered me when I typed the above salutation, either. "It looks like you're writing a letter," the paper clip announced. "Would you like help?" it continued. "Get help with writing the letter," it suggested redundantly. "Just type the letter without help," it offered unhelpfully.

No, I'm looking for some help in your role as Chief Software Architect. I need your word that you will do everything within your power to protect the freedom of the Internet from the attack of special interest groups, most notably the Hollywood studios and media companies.

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