"How the code regulates, who the code writers are, and who controls the code writers —these are questions on which any practice of justice must focus in the age of cyberspace. The answers reveal how cyberspace is regulated."

socialtext.net/codev2/regulati

So if you depend on Google's and Microsoft's, Facebook's etc. products you are subject to regulations set by this companies and government controlling them. If you use free software you are subject to regulations set by wide community of people and you, if skilled enough, can change the laws yourself to suit your needs.

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@brombek of your well in the absolute broadest terms yes, but really no at the same time.

Open source also usually has alot of forks to suit what you need as well.

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