Check out LittleSis: mapping the powers that be
LittleSis is a free software, wiki-style database that tracks connections between the world's most powerful people and organizations. In the workshop, participants are trained in the site's basic functions (e.g. editing profile pages and searching for interlocks between corporations) and advanced functions (e.g using the site's Oligrapher tool to create maps of information stored in the database). We also share stories about the ways in which LittleSis and power analysis research have been used in movement and organizing contexts, including how activists in St. Louis used LittleSis to map and challenge the local corporate Powers Behind the Police and how activists in Philadelphia are using LittleSis to research the corporate entities behind education privatization.
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Don't fall behind, apply today for the FSF fall internship
This is an educational opportunity to work with the organization that sponsors the GNU project, publishes the GNU General Public License (GPL), and fights for software freedom.
Today, no matter where you are, tell the EU that Europeans deserve strong netneutrality
Read online: https://u.fsf.org/1uj
Net neutrality exists when Internet service providers (ISPs) must allow equal access to everything on the Web, rather than favoring some sites over others. It's a bedrock condition for Internet freedom, but ISPs generally oppose it because it prevents them from charging companies extra for privileged access to the network -- making a video from one Web site load faster than video on other sites, for example.
Watch Bradley in Copyleft for the next decade: a comprehensive plan
Copyleft has faced serious challenges in the last five years. It's not over: many more threats are on the way. Not by coincidence these attacks on copyleft come when "open source" reaches new heights of success. For example, hordes of software developers are funded full time to churn out new free software, as long as it's not copylefted. Some such code is specifically designed to replace existing, widely used, copylefted programs.
Meanwhile, programs under copyleft licenses (most notably the kernel named Linux) face a decades long, ongoing myriad of license violations. Such violations include nefarious attempts by major companies to shirk their responsibilities under copyleft. The situation is undoubtedly bleak.
Those of us who care about software freedom need a plan. Copyleft once assured an equal playing field, but big companies work daily to tilt the playing field in their favor and against the interests of most developers, hobbyists, users, and enthusiasts.
I like how Bradley says whether something is true doesn’t really matter because if everyone believes it, they’re going to act accordingly.
PS—I also like his suggestion for professional programmers: negotiating copyright during an interview.
PPS—Here’s a union that I asked to help with copyright. I’m a member, and I welcome everyone to join.
Building a better LibrePlanet: What we learned from the conference surveys
For the last three years, we've surveyed attendees of the LibrePlanet conference about their experience, and applied that feedback to the next conference. We'd like to share what we've learned from the results of the past few surveys, and from the process of designing them.
Do you GNU? Attend the GNU Hackers' Meeting in France this summer!
Are you interested in the GNU Project and its goals? You are invited to the 2016 GNU Hackers' Meeting, which will take place in Rennes, Brittany, France, August 18-20, 2016 and is hosted by Inria (map).
The GNU Hackers' Meeting is a friendly, semi-formal forum to discuss technical, social, and organizational issues concerning free software and GNU. This is a great opportunity to meet GNU maintainers and active contributors. This meeting will feature:
- a dinner on the evening of the 17th,
- public talks on the 18th and 19th,
- an exploration of Brittany during the day on the 20th, followed by a GNU maintainers-only session in the evening.
The call for participation is open now. You are encouraged to submit proposals for GNU-ish presentations, including title, abstract, and duration of session to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, follow these instructions.
You will find full details on the meeting, including a detailed schedule TBA, here.
EU Regulators are about to decide whether to give big telecoms the power to influence what we can & can’t do online
Fill out the entire questionnaire or just skip to the end and 'Send Message' https://u.fsf.org/1u6
Stallman, Nussbaum, and Sen: putting freedom in context
Our movement rarely talks about freedom with much philosophical nuance. In this talk, I try to put some flesh on the bones of freedom by giving an introduction to Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum's capability approach, and applying it to software. The capability approach (sometimes called the human development approach) is a framework for thinking about human freedom that, since its development in the early 90s, has been applied across a broad range of philosophical, economic, and policy problems. Focused on what options a person has to reach their goals, it is well-suited for understanding where we succeed - and fail! - at actually freeing people.
Talk attendees should come away with a more nuanced understanding of software freedom, how to talk about it with others, and where to focus their coding energy to best increase human freedom.
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The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Brett Smith of dtrx
This is the latest installment of our Licensing and Compliance Lab's series on free software developers who choose GNU licenses for their work. In this edition, we conducted an email-based interview with Brett Smith of dtrx.
Licensing resources series: A Quick Guide to GPLv3
This is the first installment in the Free Software Foundation's Licensing & Compliance Lab's series highlighting licensing resources.
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LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer now FSF-certified to respect your freedom
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, June 10, 2016 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the TAZ 6, the sixth model in the LulzBot TAZ line of 3D printers by Aleph Objects, Inc., and their 10th product to be awarded RYF certification. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy.
In October 2012, the LulzBot AO-100 3D printer became the first hardware product to be awarded use of the FSF's RYF certification mark. Since that time, Aleph Objects, Inc. has continued to release new and improved successors to the AO-100 model, including the AO-101, the Mini, and five successor TAZ models. The latest model, which can be purchased from LulzBot.com, has numerous hardware improvements, including a self-leveling printing bed made of borosilicate glass with a PEI surface, a self-cleaning nozzle system, and an integrated power supply. It uses 100% free software: from the low-level firmware that controls the motors and heats the printing bed, to end-user software, including Cura LulzBot Edition, which allows users to both prepare 3D digital objects for printing as well as control the operation of the 3D printer itself.
"Aleph Objects, Inc. continues to be one of the most innovative and impressive makers of desktop 3D printers in the world, and they have done it without compromising their core values and commitment to computer user freedom," said Joshua Gay, FSF licensing & compliance manager.
"The Free Software Foundation is the preeminent voice advancing technology that respects user freedom. It is a privilege to receive their seal of approval on the new LulzBot TAZ 6 desktop 3D printer," said Jeff Moe, president of Aleph Objects, Inc.
To learn more about the Respects Your Freedom hardware certification program visit https://fsf.org/ryf.
Hardware sellers interested in applying for certification can consult https://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/endorsement/criteria.
About the Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.
More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.
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Intel & ME, and why we should get rid of ME
Read online: https://u.fsf.org/1ts
If you did not know, built into all modern Intel-based platforms is a small, low-power computer subsystem called the Intel Management Engine (ME). It performs various tasks while the system is in sleep mode, during the boot process, and also when your system is running.
Architecturally, the ME varies from model to model, and over the past decade it has been growing in complexity. In general, it consists of of one or more processor cores, memory, system clock, internal bus, and reserved protected memory used as part of its own cryptography engine. It has its own operating system and suite of programs, and it has access to the main system's memory, as well as access to the network through the Intel Gigabit Ethernet Controller. If you had control over the ME, then it would be a powerful subsystem that could be used for security and administration of your device.
The ME firmware runs various proprietary programs created by Intel for the platform, including its infamous Active Management Technology, Intel's Boot Guard, and an audio and video Digital Restrictions Management system specifically for ultra-high definition media called "Intel Insider." While some of this technology is marketed to provide you with convenience and protection, what it requires from you, the user, is to give up control over your computer. This control benefits Intel, their business partners, and large media companies. Intel is effectively leasing-out to the third-parties the rights to control how, if, and when you can access certain data and software on your machine.
Leah Woods of GNU Libreboot states that the "Intel Management Engine with its proprietary firmware has complete access to and control over the PC: it can power on or shut down the PC, read all open files, examine all running applications, track all keys pressed and mouse movements, and even capture or display images on the screen. And it has a network interface that is demonstrably insecure, which can allow an attacker on the network to inject rootkits that completely compromise the PC and can report to the attacker all activities performed on the PC. It is a threat to freedom, security, and privacy that can't be ignored."
At this time, developing free replacement firmware for the ME is basically impossible. The only entity capable of replacing the ME firmware is Intel and its OEM partners. And, since the ME is a control hub for your machine, you can no longer simply disable the ME like you could on earlier models, such as the Libreboot X200 laptop.
This means that if in the future we want more hardware that can achieve Respects Your Freedom certification, we will need to make it a "High-Priority" to support the work of those who are getting GNU Libreboot and 100% free system distributions running on other architectures, such as ARM, MIPS, and POWER8.
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Look what just arrived in our office... Join us next week to read, stuff, and mail them!
Come on down to our office!
Monday starting at 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. possibly Thursday too!
Snacks, meals and drinks provided for all stuffers!
Email us at if you will be coming
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The ninth GNU Hackers' Meeting will take place in Rennes (Brittany, France) from August 18-20
The GNU Hackers' Meeting is a friendly, semi-formal forum to discuss technical, social and organizational issues concerning free software and GNU.
It is open to all people who have an interest in the GNU Project and its goals.