I really enjoyed this article discussing the political philosophy of “app stores”: how can we reconcile the need to protect end-users from malware etc, while at the same time preserving our freedom in the face of aggressive policing from e.g. Apple or Amazon? It’s pretty clear that most people favour the walled garden of heavily-policed app stores, partly because it’s safer but mostly because it’s simpler. Equally clearly, it is not a good idea to hand over complete control of your computing devices to Apple (or whoever). I’ve no idea what the answer is to this dilemma, but the Ars Technica article posits some interesting solutions.

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