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Free Software Supporter - Issue 112, August 2017

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jul 27, 2017 02:13 PM
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • We told Netflix to nix DRM on original productions
  • Day Against DRM rocked! Let's keep the pressure on Netflix
  • July 12th was the Day of Action for Net Neutrality
  • Tim Berners-Lee approves Web DRM, W3C member organizations were given two weeks to appeal
  • US Copyright Office anti-circumvention study failed, renewal submissions sent
  • FSF announces new fiscal sponsorship for SeaGL conference
  • The 2017 SeaGL CFP is still open through August 6
  • Toward a free and innovative Internet: What lies behind Canada’s Net Neutrality success story
  • From LibrePlanet 2017: Technology for direct actions
  • GNU Press releases the classic GNU head shirt in blue!
  • Release of GNU Ring 1.0
  • Conservancy welcomes Etherpad as a member project, launches Etherpad instance
  • Ten years after first shipping Openmoko Neo1973
  • July Free Software Directory meeting recaps
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Free software in government
  • GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Twenty-one new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain update
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Take action with the FSF!

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We told Netflix to nix DRM on original productions

From July 10th

Through the creation of original work, Netflix can no longer hide behind the excuse that they only use Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) due to requirements from the film and television industries. Netflix needs to work for their subscribers, and their subscribers are mistreated by DRM. We circulated a petition insisting that Netflix respect the rights of its subscribers.

Day Against DRM rocked!

From July 14th

On July 8, people around the globe spoke out against DRM through many channels at once. The International Day Against DRM was a confluence of activism to protect our rights and freedoms from the surveillance, unaccountable control, and security threat effects of DRM.

July 12th was the Day of Action for Net Neutrality

From July 12

On this day, we participated in the worldwide action supporting Net Neutrality. We will continue to monitor this issue and let you know about future ways to help.

Tim Berners-Lee approves Web DRM, W3C member organizations were given two weeks to appeal

From July 7th

On July 7, 2017, Tim Berners-Lee, the chief arbiter of Web standards, approved the controversial proposed Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) standard for the Web, Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and its campaign Defective by Design have opposed EME since its inception because it infringes on Web users' control of their own computers, and weakens their security and privacy. An appeal has been submitted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and although the two week deadline has passed, we are still waiting on results.

US Copyright Office anti-circumvention study failed, renewal submissions sent

From July 28th

A recent study by the US Copyright Office examined the Digital Millenium Copyright Act's (DMCA) anti-circumvention provisions and the exemptions process, and the results are downright sad. We continued the fightback and sent a petition to renew all the exemptions we won in the last round.

FSF announces new fiscal sponsorship for SeaGL conference

From August 1

As part of its Working Together for Free Software Fund, the FSF provides fiscal sponsorship for a number of important free software and GNU technical projects, such as the GNU Toolchain and Replicant. Today, SeaGL SeaGL (Seattle GNU/Linux Conference) becomes the first event to receive this sponsorship.

The 2017 SeaGL CFP is still open through August 6

From June 19 by SeaGL

SeaGL is a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community and free/libre software/hardware. SeaGL's goal is to produce an event which is as enjoyable and informative for those who spend their days maintaining hundreds of servers as it is for a student who has only just started exploring technology options. 2017 Call for Participation is open; speakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome.

Toward a free and innovative Internet: What lies behind Canada’s Net Neutrality success story

From July 12th by Michael Geist

While US rules undoubtedly have an impact on Canada, the viability of new innovative Internet businesses that might enter the Canadian market is linked to rules that ensure that Internet providers do not use their privileged position to favor some applications and services over others.

From LibrePlanet 2017: Technology for direct actions

From May 12th by Andrew Seeder

On March 25th I presented at LibrePlanet 2017: The Roots of Freedom. This talk covers versions of private corporate control that stop direct actions from happening, the use of military surveillance technology to capture direct actions in the United States, and what concrete steps organizers can take to use technology that protects their direct actions.

Didn't make it to LibrePlanet 2017? You can see videos, slides, and photos galore at the LibrePlanet GNU MediaGoblin archive. And keep an eye out for news on our tenth annual conference, LibrePlanet 2018.

GNU Press releases the classic GNU head shirt in blue!

From July 28th

Replace your old GNU head t-shirt with an updated version of the classic, now in blue with maroon ink. Blue shirts are manufactured by Bella+Canvas in the USA in a Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified facility.

Release of GNU Ring 1.0

From July 21st by GNU Ring

Savoir-faire Linux is proud to announce the official release of Ring 1.0 Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité -- the free and universal communication platform which preserves the user's privacy and freedoms. GNU Ring is fully distributed, and depends on no central infrastructure or enterprise to work. Every GNU Ring user is connected to his or her contacts via a fully distributed network.

Conservancy welcomes Etherpad as a member project, launches Etherpad instance

From July 20th by Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy proudly welcomes Etherpad as Conservancy's newest member project. Etherpad is is a highly customizable Web-based editor providing collaborative real-time editing.

Ten years after first shipping Openmoko Neo1973

From July 9th by Harald Welte

Exactly 10 years ago, on July 9th, 2007, we started to sell and ship the first Openmoko Neo1973. I don't really have to add much to the blog I posted a year ago about the ten-year anniversary of starting to work on Openmoko, but still thought it's worthwhile to point out this milestone.

July Free Software Directory meeting recaps

Check out the great work our volunteers accomplished at the July Free Software Directory meetings. Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on irc.freenode.org to help improve the Free Software Directory.

July 7 meeting

July 14 meeting

July 21 meeting

July 28 meeting

Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory

Tens of thousands of people visit directory.fsf.org each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions to version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing. The Free Software Directory has been a great resource to software users over the past decade, but it needs your help staying up-to-date with new and exciting free software projects.

To help, join our weekly IRC meetings on Fridays. Meetings take place in the #fsf channel on irc.freenode.org, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Freenode is accessible from any IRC client. Everyone's welcome!

The next meeting is Friday, August 4 from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Free Software in Government

Every month on LibrePlanet, we highlight one resource that is interesting and useful -- often one that could use your help.

For this month, we are highlighting Free Software in Government, which provides information about international attempts to promote free software in government, and lists ideas and successes. You are invited to adopt, spread, and improve this important resource.

Do you have a suggestion for next month's featured resource? Let us know at campaigns@fsf.org.

GNU Spotlight with Brandon Invergo: Twenty-one new GNU releases!

(as of July 25, 2017):

For announcements of most new GNU releases, subscribe to the info-gnu mailing list: https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/info-gnu.

To download: nearly all GNU software is available from https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/, or preferably one of its mirrors from https://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html. You can use the URL https://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ to be automatically redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month, we welcome Assaf Gordon as the new maintainer of GNU Time.

A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance: please see https://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at https://www.gnu.org/help/help.html.

If you have a working or partly working program that you'd like to offer to the GNU project as a GNU package, see https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.

As always, please feel free to write to us at maintainers@gnu.org with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.

GNU Toolchain update

From July 25th by Nick Clifton

The GNU toolchain refers to the part of the GNU system which is used for building programs. These components of GNU are together often on other systems and for compiling programs for other platforms. This month, updates were made to Binutils, GDB, GCC, and glibc.

Richard Stallman's speaking schedule

For event details, as well as to sign up to be notified for future events in your area, please visit https://www.fsf.org/events.

So far, Richard Stallman has the following events:

Other FSF and free software events

Thank GNUs!

We appreciate everyone who donates to the Free Software Foundation, and we'd like to give special recognition to the folks who have donated $500 or more in the last month.

This month, a big Thank GNU to:

  • Blue Systems
  • Denis López
  • Håkon A. Hjortland
  • Henrique Dante de Almeida
  • Jim Wright
  • Judicaël Courant
  • Martin Krafft
  • René Genz
  • Yidong Chong

You can add your name to this list by donating at https://donate.fsf.org/.

GNU copyright contributions

Assigning your copyright to the Free Software Foundation helps us defend the GPL and keep software free. The following individuals have assigned their copyright to the FSF in the past month:

  • Darius Rad (glibc) (GCC)
  • Florian Linder (Emacs)
  • Glen Joseph Fernandes (GCC)
  • John David Anglin (glibc)
  • Juan Manuel Guerrero (Emacs)
  • Julian Kniephoff (Emacs)
  • Lars Tveito (Emacs)
  • Tee-Kiah Chia (GCC)
  • Wim Niemans (Emacs)

Want to see your name on this list? Contribute to GNU and assign your copyright to the FSF.

Take action with the FSF!

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's work. You can contribute by joining at https://my.fsf.org/join. If you're already a member, you can help refer new members (and earn some rewards) by adding a line with your member number to your email signature like:

I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom! https://my.fsf.org/join

The FSF is always looking for volunteers (https://www.fsf.org/volunteer). From rabble-rousing to hacking, from issue coordination to envelope stuffing -- there's something here for everybody to do. Also, head over to our campaigns section (https://www.fsf.org/campaigns) and take action on software patents, Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), free software adoption, OpenDocument, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and more.

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