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New US cybersecurity bill could threaten free software

by John Sullivan Contributions Published on Dec 10, 2010 05:49 PM

RMS recently called our attention to the Homeland Security Cyber and Physical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2010. This bill, currently being considered in a House subcommittee, has the potential to threaten free software.

Its loose wording would allow bad measures like requiring companies, institutions, or even just major Web sites, to use specific proprietary software.

We should ask our legislators to oppose this bill until it is clear that free software won't be excluded or restricted under the guise of addressing security threats.

Please read more about the bill and write to ask your representatives to oppose it.

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