Founded in 1985, the Free Software Foundation defends and promotes 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.
On GNU's philosophy page and its essays page, there are a number of texts that describe the political, ethical and practical viewpoints of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU project. If you are doing background reading for an article about the FSF or GNU, we suggest in particular the following articles: The Free Software Definition and A History of the GNU Project.
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Free Software Tools for Journalists
There exists an array of free software available for journalists, including tools for text editing, audio recording, calendaring, organizing, emailing, and web-authoring. Free software tools help protect the anonymity, security, and freedom of journalists across the world. Examples of free tools include:
- Email Self-Defense Guide, a manual for setting up encrypted email and protecting oneself against bulk surveillance.
- MediaGoblin, a media publishing alternative to Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.
- Tor, an encrypted, anonymous Internet network.
- Piwik, a web analytics platform.