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Free Software Supporter - Issue 123, July 2018

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jun 04, 2018 03:41 PM
Welcome to the Free Software Supporter, the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) monthly news digest and action update -- being read by you and 190,022 other activists. That's 1,880 more than last month!

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From June 15

Your activism drives the free software movement. Together, we have been proactively building a future where computer users are in control, while also reacting to immediate threats to our digital freedoms. Our associate membership program provides crucial, ongoing support that ensures the FSF's financial stability, making our work possible. Will you take the next step and join us as an associate member or make a one-time donation today?

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Take action on the International Day Against DRM this September 18th
  • The FSF tech team needs a Fall 2018 intern! Apply by July 22nd, 2018
  • How to defend your encrypted emails against prying eyes
  • European Union Public License v. 1.2 added to license list
  • "CLASSICS Act" continues through US Congress, decreasing your access to music
  • Free software is at risk in the EU -- take action now
  • Copyright Directive: Implementation of generalized and automated upload filtering on the Internet; decisive vote in July
  • Action plan against the first obligatory EU internet filter
  • These MEPs voted to restrict the Internet in Europe today -- but we’re not giving up
  • Opening the doors of the Software Heritage archive
  • A case for the total abolition of software patents
  • Amazon needs to stop providing facial recognition tech for the government
  • The path to victory on net neutrality in the House of Representatives and how you can help
  • About BLAG's removal from our list of endorsed distributions
  • Xapian joins Conservancy as a member project
  • Conservancy welcomes Racket as its newest member project
  • Introducing Sonali, Outreachy summer intern with Free Software Foundation
  • Introducing David Hedlund, intern with the FSF tech team
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: End Software Patents
  • GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: 18 new GNU releases!
  • GNU Toolchain update: Support GNU Toolchain
  • Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Take action with the FSF!

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Take action on the International Day Against DRM this September 18th

Join the Defective by Design (DBD) crew and celebrate International Day Against DRM (IDAD) this September 18th! DBD raises awareness about devices and media encumbered by Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), showing what they really are: Defective by Design. DRM is the practice of placing technological restrictions on digital media, and we're working together to eliminate it as a threat to freedom for computer users, as well as a threat to privacy for readers, viewers, and those making art, media, and more.

We're looking for vendors of DRM-free media, organizations that support the building of a DRM-free world, and those who believe in the mission of DBD to participate by offering sales, writing blog posts, organizing events, and sharing with your members about IDAD. Please contact us at info@defectivebydesign.org for more information.

The FSF tech team needs a Fall 2018 intern! Apply by July 22nd, 2018

From June 13

This is an educational opportunity to work with the organization that sponsors the GNU Project, publishes the GNU General Public License (GPL), and fights for software freedom. As a fall intern, you will work closely with the FSF tech team in your area of interest, such as network administration, GNU Project support, or Web development.

How to defend your encrypted emails against prying eyes

From June 7

In May, a draft technical paper published at efail.de recommended that people stop using GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) plugins to encrypt their email. At the same time, the Electronic Frontier Foundation raised the alarm about seemingly new vulnerabilities in GPG, echoing the paper's cautionary recommendations. Much of this information isn't new. The issue isn't a flaw in GPG, and there is no need to panic or discontinue using GPG, including for signing emails or for encrypting and decrypting files outside of your email client. Here are the facts.

European Union Public License v. 1.2 added to license list

From June 26

We recently added the EUPL-1.2 to our list of Various Licenses and Comments About Them. This list helps users to understand whether a particular license is a free software license, and whether it is compatible with the GNU GPL. Like the previous version of the EUPL (EUPL-1.1), the EUPL-1.2 is included in the section for free licenses that are GNU GPL-incompatible, but with an important caveat. While the EUPL-1.2's copyleft by itself is incompatible with the GNU GPL, the license provides a few mechanisms for re-licensing which enable combination with GNU GPL-licensed works.

"CLASSICS Act" continues through US Congress, decreasing your access to music

From June 26

The 1990s have come back to haunt us as the US Congress attempts to extend the scope of copyright law again, just two decades after the last extension (which added twenty years to the terms of existing copyrights at the time), and this time they set their sights on the Internet. We urged our supporters to call their Senators to shut down this attempt to narrow your access to music online, but unfortunately, the bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, taking the fight to the Senate floor.

Free software is at risk in the EU -- we asked you to take action

From June 18

Free software is under attack within the European Union (EU). The proposed European Copyright Directive poses a great risk for free software and its development. We urged our European supporters to contact their members of European Parliament to encourage them to vote against this incredibly destructive measure.

Copyright Directive: Implementation of generalized and automated upload filtering on the Internet; decisive vote in July

From June 20 by April

On June 20th, the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee adopted the draft Copyright Directive, including its Article 13 that imposes the implementation of generalized and automated upload filters by hosting platforms. While free software development platforms are exempted from this filtering obligation, the very idea of it is disastrous. April calls on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to reject this draft directive in its entirety during the July plenary.

Action plan against the first obligatory EU internet filter

From June 28 by Andreea Belu

In the next months, our main focus will be on ensuring that the position of the whole EU Parliament is against censorship machines. For this to happen, we will address all 750 MEPs around key moments. Below you will find an easy, yet detailed explanation of the opportunities we will have to challenge the censorship machine as the law makes its way through the EU decision-making process.

These MEPs voted to restrict the Internet in Europe today -- but we’re not giving up

From June 20 by Julia Reda

MEPs on the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament were asked to decide: should your freedom to participate on the Web be restricted to serve corporate interests -- or should alternative measures be adopted that safeguard fundamental rights? Despite a massive outpouring of protest from voters during these last few days, the majority voted for both the link tax and upload filters. The next vote on this measure will happen on July 4, and free software supporters and other crusaders for Internet freedom are still determined to fight back.

Opening the doors of the Software Heritage archive

From June 7 by Software Heritage

The mission of Software Heritage is to collect, preserve, and make readily available the source code of all software ever written, building an essential infrastructure at the service of cultural heritage, science, industry, and society as a whole. On June 7, the Software Heritage team unveiled a major milestone in their roadmap: the grand opening of the doors of their archive to the public, allowing you to explore the largest collection of software source code in the world!

A case for the total abolition of software patents

From June 6 by Gervase Markham

Software patents should be abolished first and foremost because they are an infringement on individual freedoms like free speech. But they also don't even come close to achieving their stated purpose of encouraging advancements in software development. This paper makes a strong step-by-step argument showing that they don't.

Amazon needs to stop providing facial recognition tech for the government

From June 21 by Evan Selinger

Imagine a technology that is potently, uniquely dangerous  -- something so inherently toxic that it deserves to be completely rejected, banned, and stigmatized. Something so pernicious that regulation cannot adequately protect citizens from its effects. That technology is already here. It is facial recognition technology, and its dangers are so great that it must be rejected entirely.

The path to victory on net neutrality in the House of Representatives and how you can help

From May 18 by Ernesto Falcon

The United States Senate has voted to overturn the FCC and restore net neutrality protections, the fate of that measure currently rests in the House of Representatives. While many will think that the uphill battle there makes it a lost cause, that is simply not true. Together, we have the power to win in the House of Representatives. (This article is a little older, but it has great information about how and why to contact your representatives to contribute to this fight.)

About BLAG's removal from our list of endorsed distributions

From June 22

The maintainers of BLAG requested that they be removed from our list of free distros, as the distribution is no longer maintained. While it is always sad to see a free distribution close up shop, we can all still be thankful for the maintainers' work over the years, and that there are still many free distributions available. Users of BLAG should consider switching to another distro on our list to ensure that the security of their system is up to date.

Xapian joins Conservancy as a member project

From June 19 by Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy proudly welcomes Xapian as Conservancy's newest member project. Xapian is a probabilistic information retrieval library that allows developers to add advanced indexing and search facilities to their own applications.

Conservancy welcomes Racket as its newest member project

From June 12 by Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy and the Racket community are pleased to announce that Racket is Conservancy's newest member project. Racket is a general-purpose programming language as well as the world’s first ecosystem for developing and deploying new languages. Racket comes with special support for novices and for on-boarding beginners. Several popular online learning platforms include Racket courses. The Realm of Racket is also a great place for programmers who want to become familiar with the basics of the language.

Introducing Sonali, Outreachy summer intern with Free Software Foundation

From June 13 by Sonali Singhal

I am a first year college student. This is my first experience with a free software organization. I am glad that I got introduced to the FSF so early in my career. I have worked on the Free Software Directory for about 2 months now, and have made 11 contributions so far and over 700 major and minor edits.

Introducing David Hedlund, intern with the FSF tech team

From June 13 by David Hedlund

I joined the FSF as an intern starting May 14, 2018, and will work through August 14, 2018 to fix bugs and work on a data import program that will import data from addons.mozilla.org and Debian main. I will be blogging about every two weeks, and I will go into more detail about my work in those posts.

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, July 6, from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: End Software Patents

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 End Software Patents, which provides information about the campaign to abolish software patents, globally. 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 Mike Gerwitz: 18 new GNU releases!

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.

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: Support GNU Toolchain

Donate to support the GNU Toolchain, a collection of foundational freely licensed software development tools including the GNU C Compiler collection (GCC), the GNU C Library (glibc), and the GNU Debugger (GDB).

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 this month:

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:

  • Christian Sperr
  • Elliot Rosenberger
  • Minoru Sekine
  • Mirko Lüdde
  • Ravi Swamy
  • René Genz
  • Shawn C [ a.k.a "citypw"]
  • Thomas Weeks III

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:

  • Amin Bandali (GNU) (Emacs)
  • Lucas Werkmeister (GNU) (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, DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and more.

Copyright © 2018 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

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