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Liberating Web Services
by Matt Lee published Apr 24, 2008 last modified Apr 24, 2008 11:24 AM — filed under:
Location: The Moscone Center, Howard Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets, San Francisco, CA The last decade has witnessed a rise in the role of computing as a service, a massive increase in the use of web applications, the migration of personal computing tasks to data-centers, and the creation of new classes of service-based applications. These shifts have raised a host of important questions for the advocates of free software. For example, by separating use and distribution of software, these models have in some cases reduced the effectiveness of GNU GPL-style copyleft which treat modified web applications as if they were private software. Much more importantly, the movement of software off of personal computers has reconfigured power relationships between users and their software and complicated questions of ownership and control in ways that free software advocates do not yet know how to address. What does freedom mean for the users and developers of web services? What is at risk? What should the free software community, and the Free Software Foundation, do to ensure that software, and its users, stay free in this new technological environment? These questions and more will be discussed. The FSF is committed to protecting computer users' freedom, and always has been. Last year saw the release of the GNU AGPL, a license that requires service providers to provide the source for applications that users interact with over a network. While this is a helpful option for developers concerned about this use case, it doesn't guarantee users' freedom, and so the FSF plans to begin talking very directly about how web services affect us all. This summit will discuss the establishment of goals for a campaign to address the issue more comprehensively, and suggest some first steps for taking action.
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Advancing a Definition of Free Culture
by Matt Lee published Apr 24, 2008 last modified Apr 24, 2008 11:31 AM — filed under:
Location: Location The Moscone Center Howard Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets, San Francisco, CA This talk will introduce and describe the movement for free culture, access to knowledge, and open knowledge movements. These groups are frequently compared to the free and open source movements; both free software and free culture share a similar critique of intellectual property, a similar goal of access to information and a similar set of legal instruments (i.e., licenses) through which they attempt to achieve these goals. However, through its stronger emphasis on licenses and creator-centric messages, free culture and free software diverge in important ways as well. While the free knowledge movement, and Creative Commons in particular, calls for "some rights reserved," the FSD defined free software as software that respects the four essential and unreservable freedoms to use, modify, share, and collaborate without restrictions. This talk will describe the speaker's work on the Definition of Free Cultural Works aimed to provide both a definition and a goal: a Utopian vision of a world where culture is truly free and a set of standards by which we can judge our movement's success -- a vision of "essential rights are unreservable."
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Benjamin Mako Hill
by donrico last modified Apr 27, 2010 09:18 PM — filed under: ,
L’essence du logiciel libre est selon moi de permettre aux utilisateurs de micro-informatique d’être maître de leur machine et de leurs données. Dans la mesure où nos logiciels définissent notre rapport au monde et aux autres, la liberté logicielle est une part importante de ce qui nous permet de déterminer notre façon de vivre, de travailler et de communiquer.
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