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  • La Free Software Foundation busca nominaciones para los XVIII Premios de Software Libre anuales #FSAWARDS

    2015-10-06T19:18:43Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Los proyectos de software libre a menudo suelen volar por debajo del radar: estos es poco probable que tengan destinados presupuestos de marketing, así que el dar a conocer grandes proyectos a menudo depende del boca a boca entre la comunidad de software libre, especialmente en los de los inicios. Aún así todos sabemos que hay algunos proyectos de software libre realmente asombrosos ahí fuera. Es por eso que la Free Software Foundation y el proyecto GNU han presentado los Free Software Awards (los Premios del Software Libre) durante casi dos décadas, reconociendo a las personas y proyectos que han hecho avanzar al movimiento o creado programas de software libre que han servido de manera crucial a las necesidades sociales.

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  • LibrePlanet 2016 is coming, do you have proposal ideas?

    2015-10-06T14:40:30Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    The call for proposals is open now, until November 16th

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  • User Freedom Summit morning sessions have begun

    2015-10-03T14:22:07Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    If you are missing the morning sessions you have time to come to the afternoon sessions, check out the details

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    Just so you know, your links in the latest posts are not real, clickable links =)

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    thank that is corrected now

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  • Today is the day, we celebrate 30 years of Free Software

    2015-10-03T12:11:09Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    join a local party

    Or if you are in the Boston/Cambride area join the User Freedom Summit

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  • What do you have to say? Share it at LibrePlanet 2016

    2015-10-02T19:13:17Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    LibrePlanet 2016 is coming! Next year's conference will be held March 19-20, 2016 in the Boston area. The call for proposals is open now, until November 16th. General registration and exhibitor registration will open later in October.

    You've got until Monday, November 16th, 2015 at 10:00 in the morning EST (15:00 UTC) to submit your proposals. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

    Read the details online

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  • Free Software Supporter - Issue 90, October 2015

    2015-10-02T15:55:38Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's monthly news digest and action update!

    This weekend (October 3rd): User Freedom Summit!

    Join the Free Software Foundation and friends in Cambridge, MA, to celebrate the culmination of our 30th year fighting for computer user freedom, powered by supporters like you. The User Freedom Summit includes two tracks of two sessions each, with a closing talk by Eben Moglen. It is not too late to register!

    Thank you to HP and our other event sponsors!


    • FSF, Conservancy publish principles for community-oriented GPL enforcement
    • Who is improving the world through free software? Nominate them now
    • Preorder your FSF 30 commemorative shirt and the third edition of Free Software, Free Society
    • WordPress brings the freedom to the front
    • Tor relay reinstated in the Kilton Library: a win for free software-based anonymity
    • It's Software Freedom Day!
    • Universal Permissive License added to license list
    • EPA opposed DMCA exemptions that could have revealed Volkswagen fraud
    • Taurinus X200 laptop now FSF-certified to respect your freedom
    • Update on First Unitarian Church v. NSA: EFF's First Amendment challenge to NSA spying
    • GNU social Camp
    • Trinidad and Tobago National Workers Union builds solidarity one CiviCRM contact at a time
    • State of the Goblin: September 2015
    • Exercising software freedom in the global email system
    • International challenge: logo for Ceata
    • Parabola GNU/Linux-libre receives fiscal sponsorship from Fundația Ceata
    • LibrePlanet featured resource: Artists
    • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: 16 new GNU releases!
    • GNU Toolchain Update
    • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
    • Thank GNUs!
    • Take action with the FSF!
    • GNU copyright contributions

    View the issue online*

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  • FSF, Conservancy publish principles for community-oriented GPL enforcement

    2015-10-01T16:30:35Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, October 1st, 2015 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced publication of "The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement," co-authored with the Software Freedom Conservancy. The document lays out the principles that both organizations follow when they receive reports that a company is violating copyleft terms like the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL).

    The FSF and Conservancy each lead worldwide efforts to ensure compliance with the GPL family of licenses. The principles they follow are designed to make copyleft license enforcement first and foremost serve the goal of protecting user freedom, which includes assisting companies to correctly distribute free software. This means carefully verifying violation reports, approaching companies privately rather than publicly shaming them, treating legal action as a last resort, and never prioritizing financial gain over defending the freedom of users.

    "GPL enforcement is mostly an educational process working with people who have made honest mistakes, but it must be undertaken with care and thoughtfulness. Our goal is not to punish or censure violators, but to help them come into compliance. Abiding by these principles aids our work in bringing about that outcome," said FSF's licensing and compliance manager, Joshua Gay.

    The FSF does license enforcement for programs that are part of the GNU Project, when their copyright is assigned to the FSF, and actively encourages developers to apply for their programs to become part of GNU. License violations can be reported by email following the instructions at

    "These principles have guided our efforts in defending the rights of computer users since at least 2001. We wanted to collect them and write them down in one place both to bust some myths about our GNU GPL enforcement work, and to help other individuals and organizations get started with their own processes," said FSF's executive director, John Sullivan.

    Conservancy has also released an announcement and will host the document on its website.

    Conservancy's executive director Karen Sandler will be joining FSF licensing & compliance manager Joshua Gay and FSF copyright and licensing associate Donald R. Robertson, III, on Saturday, October 3rd for the User Freedom Summit in Cambridge, Massachusettes, where they will be running a workshop session titled Community Licensing Education & Outreach.

    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 and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA. More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at

    About the GNU Operating System and Linux

    Richard Stallman announced in September 1983 the plan to develop a free software Unix-like operating system called GNU. GNU is the only operating system developed specifically for the sake of users' freedom. See In 1992, the essential components of GNU were complete, except for one, the kernel. When in 1992 the kernel Linux was re-released under the GNU GPL, making it free software, the combination of GNU and Linux formed a complete free operating system, which made it possible for the first time to run a PC without non-free software. This combination is the GNU/Linux system. For more explanation, see

    Media Contacts

    Joshua Gay
    Licensing & Compliance Manager
    Free Software Foundation
    +1 (617) 542 5942

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    Were the talks recorded?

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  • Who is improving the world through free software? Nominate them now

    2015-09-30T16:21:48Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Free software projects often fly under the radar: they rarely have a marketing budget, so word of a great project often relies on word-of-mouth within the free software community, especially in a project's early years. Yet we all know there are some truly amazing free software projects out there. That's why the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project have presented the Free Software Awards for nearly two decades, honoring people and projects who have advanced the movement or created free software programs that serve crucial societal needs.

    Free Software Awards Nominations

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  • User Freedom Summit! Working together for free software

    2015-09-30T13:36:35Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, 10:00 - 17:00

    Lesley University , University Hall,

    1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, a short walk from the Porter Square Red Line stop, and ADA accessible


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  • Interview with Noah Swartz of Privacy Badger

    2015-09-29T21:12:00Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    This community interview highlights the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Privacy Badger browser add-on. To view in your browser visit 

    We conducted an email-based interview with Noah Swartz of Privacy Badger. Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that detects and blocks third party tracking. If Privacy Badger notices a third party site that it thinks is attempting to track your browsing around the web it blocks it and prevents it from writing or reading cookies and other identifying information about your browser. Additionally Privacy Badger works with EFF's newly drafted Do Not Track policy which aims to make user opt-out of online tracking a reality.

    Noah Swartz is a Staff Technologist at EFF and works on Privacy Badger.

    What inspired the creation of Privacy Badger?

    Online tracking has become a pervasive and invisible reality of Web browsing. Users get a sense that it's happening when they're shown targeted ads, but that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how the data collected about them is being used.

    Why is a browser plug-in like Privacy Badger so necessary?

    Advertisers and other online trackers have proposed to regulate themselves by allowing users to 'opt-out' of target ads. Unfortunately this 'opt-out' does nothing to stop the collection of user data. We felt that there had to be a stronger way for users to protect their browsing data, and a lever by which to push trackers into a place of respect for user privacy.

    What features do you think really sets Privacy Badger apart from other privacy protecting software?

    Privacy Badger doesn't use an explicit blacklist to decide what and what not to block. Instead it builds up its own list of what to block based on what looks like it's tracking you as you browse. This means that not only can advertisers not try to cajole EFF into making their domains exempt from being blocked by privacy badger, it also means that Privacy Badger will catch trackers that haven't been identified by other ad blocker's blacklists. Additionally Privacy Badger works in tandem with EFFs new Do Not Track policy, which we hope to see online tracers adopt as a way to respect user opt out.

    How can users (technical or otherwise) help contribute to Privacy Badger?

    Technical users are encouraged to contribute code. The repositories for the Firefox and Chrome versions are on github ( & and have many open bugs and feature requests that we'd love help with. Non-technical users are encouraged to use Privacy Badger and let us know about any issues they have. This includes things like visual nitpicks, broken sites, or platform specific bugs. Also we're working to translate Privacy Badger into many different languages, we'd welcome anyone able to help with that.

    What's the next big thing for Privacy Badger?

    We're looking into how to spot more types of tracking. Currently Privacy Badger checks for text cookies, HTML5 local storage cookies, and canvas finger printing. But there are many other ways in which your browser can be identified, we'd like to prevent those as well. Additionally there are other browsers we don't support, as well as no mobile browsers supported. Since the way people interact with the Web is becoming more through mobile platforms we think it's an important next step.

    For more tools and resources on protecting your privacy, please check out our campaign against surveillance

    Enjoy this interview? Check out our Licensing and Compliance Lab's interview series. In our last interview, we featured Joël Krähemann, maintainer of Advanced GTK+ Sequencer

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    /me thinking about translate this interview into spanish... ;-)

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    /me piensando traduccíon en español es bien idea

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  • 30th Anniversary User Freedom Summit

    2015-09-29T18:33:21Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    RSVP here for the FSF's User Freedom Summit, taking place Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, 10:00 - 17:00 in Cambridge, exact location Lesley Univiersity in Cambridge MA.

    The event is free of charge and open to the public, but we appreciate donations to help defray the cost of the event and support the FSF's work.


  • Things you may have missed from last week...

    2015-09-28T12:43:59Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    EPA opposed DMCA exemptions that could have revealed Volkswagen Fraud 

    Universal Permissive License added to license list 

    Miss important actions or news items? Subscribe to the Free Software Supporter today  en español | en français

    Have you seen the FSF30 commemorative shirt? order one today

    New to Libreplanet, want to know more? It's a place to build & organize! 

    Did you nominate someone or a project for the Free Software Awards? 

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  • EPA opposed DMCA exemptions that could have revealed Volkswagen Fraud

    2015-09-25T20:07:55Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    For the web link 

    The EPA wrote to the Copyright Office opposing exemptions to the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions that could have helped expose auto-maker’s fraud.

    We have written previously about the organizations and individuals who opposed exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) anti-circumvention provisions. These drones oppose the rights of users to backup, modify, and study the software and devices that we own. The DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions create legal penalties for simply accessing your software under your own terms, and raises those penalties even higher should you dare to share the tools needed to do so. It creates real penalties for anyone who wants to avoid Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) controls. The granting of exemptions to these totalitarian rules is a broken and half-hearted attempt to limit the damage these rules bring, granting for 3 years a reprieve for certain specified devices and software.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) side-stepped this process and sent a letter separately directly to the Copyright Office. In the letter they argued that users should not be able to access and modify the software on their own vehicles. In their estimation, this would enable users to violate emissions controls. So it would be better for them if the hammer of the DMCA remained hanging over the head of every user or researcher who wanted to access the software on their vehicle.

    Of course, just a few months after telling the Copyright Office that users couldn't be trusted with access to their devices, the EPA revealed a major scandal involving Volkswagen. It turns out that Volkswagen had for many years cheated the emissions test performed by the EPA. Volkswagen had surreptitiously included some code in their diesel vehicles that would detect the EPA's tests and have the car change its performance in order to meet EPA mandates. Once the test was over, the code would revert the vehicle to its normal, high-polluting functioning. This scam apparently went on for years before it was detected by researchers.

    Of course the irony is that if users and researchers had the right to access the software on their cars, they might have discovered this fraud years ago. As Eben Moglen, founder of the Software Freedom Law Center noted "If Volkswagen knew that every customer who buys a vehicle would have a right to read the source code of all the software in the vehicle, they would never even consider the cheat, because the certainty of getting caught would terrify them.” Volkswagen is already a contributor on the kernel Linux, and as Bradley M. Kuhn, President and Distinguished Technologist of the Software Freedom Conservancy pointed out it is likely that Volkswagen vehicles already contain some free software. But some is not all, and clearly they kept much of their software secret in order to hide their scam. If all the software on the vehicles was free software they never could have perpetrated this scheme.

    Researchers also could have discovered the fraud had they not been hindered by the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions, as Kit Walsh of the Electronic Frontier Foundation argued. The EPA of course failed to understand all this when drafting their letter promoting the use of DRM.

    But there is a more galling fact at play here. What the EPA argued in their letter was that the exemption should not be granted under the DMCA as a means for enforcing efficiency standards. That clearly isn't the stated purpose of the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions, and highlights one of the fundamental problems with DRM. That a government agency would try to commandeer the DRM of private actors, not to enforce copyright but as a means to enforce something wholly unrelated, demonstrates a central truth: DRM is not about copyright; it's about control. It's about dominating users. It's about spying on them. It's about installing rootkits onto their computers. It has nothing to do with rights, and everything to do with restriction.

    We can't let governments and corporation use DRM to take over our lives. This is what you can do today to fight back:

    If you microblog, please share the following message (or your own) with the hashtag #DRMshame. We strongly suggest that if you use Twitter to publicly call the EPA and Volkswagen out, you do it in a way that avoids using proprietary software:

    • @EPA You should be ashamed of yourself for trying to use Digital Restrictions Management #DRMshame
    • @VW All software on your vehicles needs to be free software without DRM to restore our trust #DRMshame

    Here's what else you can do.:

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  • 2015-09-25T16:03:34Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

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  • 2015-09-23T20:54:12Z via Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Eben Moglen: “If Volkswagen knew that every customer who buys a vehicle would have a right to read the source code of all the software in the vehicle, they would never even consider the cheat, because the certainty of getting caught would terrify them.”

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  • 2015-09-23T20:41:49Z via Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If you'll be in DC this week, join our campaigns manager Zak Rogoff at Busboys and Poets on 5th St., Friday at 6:30, right after the #CiviCRM User Summit

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  • 2015-09-18T14:12:14Z via Choqok To: Public

    Become a member of the FSF today with it this flippy member USB with Trisquel Gnu/Linux inside
  • 2015-09-18T13:08:47Z via Choqok To: Public

    Free Software Directory volunteer meeting is happening today 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC) in #fsf on freenode -- all are welcome! #FSF30
  • 2015-09-17T18:25:13Z via Choqok To: Public

    Were you there 30 years ago when the FSF started? Then maybe you would like to get a shirt commemorating the 30 years just in time for the birthday party on Oct 3rd...there is time to register!

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    “Were you there 30 years ago when the FSF started?”

    I was 9, learning Basic on a DAI computer with tapes of software shared by co-workers of my father ... software WAS free, by default ... (damn, no viruses, no surveillance, no DRM or EULA ... what a good time ... )

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