#NetNeutrality is important for a freer 'net. Platforms like GNU MediaGoblin need equal network access to gain users and change the status quo.
Citizens of the world: do you want to help Europe create strong #netneutrality rules? You have 6 days left. https://u.fsf.org/1uj
Free/Libre alternatives to GAFAM's Internet: a review of French initiativesLibrePlanet video available: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/collection/free-libre-alternatives-to-gafam-s-internet-a...
Protect your privacy: Resist mass cracking by US law enforcementRead online: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/protect-your-privacy-resist-mass-cracking-by-us-law-enforcement
In April 2016, the US Supreme Court approved amendments to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCrmP) that will threaten the privacy of Internet users worldwide. The changes will go into effect December 1, 2016, unless a bipartisan bill called the Stopping Mass Hacking Act* is approved. You can help stop this unprecedented and dangerous expansion of government cracking authority!
* "Hacking" is often misused to identify those who break computer security - we call them crackers.*
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GNU Spotlight: Seventeen new GNU releases in the last month (as of June 24, 2016)Read online: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/gnu-spotlight-seventeen-new-gnu-releases-in-the-last-month-as-of...
Free Software Supporter Issue 99, July 2016Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 110,879 other activists.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Read online: http://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2016/july
- Tell EU regulators: Net neutrality isn't just for the US and India!
- Building a better LibrePlanet: What we learned from the conference surveys
- Do you GNU? Attend the GNU Hackers' Meeting in France this summer!
- Intel & ME, and why we should get rid of ME
- LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer now FSF-certified to respect your freedom
- The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Brett Smith of dtrx
- Licensing resources series: A Quick Guide to GPLv3
- GCC developers are pleased to announce the release of GCC 5.4
- Defending our brand [updated]
- In defense of free software: my case against Lenovo in Mexico
- Economic impact of usage of free software in government – IIMB report
- Progress report on April's campaign around the French "Digital Republic" bill
- Call for participation in the Libre Application Summit sponsored by GNOME
- European Commission's Public Consultation: Revision of the European interoperability framework
- Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
- LibrePlanet featured resource: Action Items
- GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Seventeen new GNU releases!
- Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
- Thank GNUs!
- Take action with the FSF
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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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.