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Free Software Supporter - Issue 166, February 2022

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Feb 01, 2022 04:52 PM

Free Software Supporter

Issue 166, February 2022

LibrePlanet registration (March 19 and 20) now open

This year's event is coming together as we speak, and it is promising to be another great two days of online excitement!

Register and share the following link today: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/new-year-new-libreplanet-register-now-to-join-us-on-march-19-and-20


TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • FSF expands process for associate members to nominate new members of the board
  • Artist collective Hundred Rabbits to keynote LibrePlanet: "Living Liberation"
  • Waag founder Marleen Stikker to keynote LibrePlanet 2022
  • Chile citizens: support these constitutional proposals for free software and user privacy
  • What happened at the hearing for New Hampshire's free software law?
  • The UK paid $724,000 for a creepy campaign to convince people that encryption is bad. It won't work.
  • Biden name checks Apple and Microsoft in right to repair speech
  • Google Analytics declared illegal in the EU
  • New "TLDR" bill requires companies provide synopsis of overlong, predatory terms of service
  • Canon tells its customers how to remove its DRM in its printer toner
  • GNU Guix conference announcement
  • Intel's SGX deprecation impacts DRM and Ultra HD Blu-ray support
  • January GNU Emacs news
  • Join the FSF and friends in updating the Free Software Directory
  • LibrePlanet featured resource: Freedom Ladder Stories
  • GNU Spotlight with Mike Gerwitz: New GNU releases!
  • FSF and other free software events
  • Thank GNUs!
  • GNU copyright contributions
  • Translations of the Free Software Supporter
  • Take action with the FSF!

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FSF expands process for associate members to nominate new members of the board

From January 18

The board of the FSF announced that associate members of the Foundation will be able to nominate and evaluate candidates for the nonprofit's board of directors for the first time in the organization's 37-year history. Read more about these updates.

Artist collective Hundred Rabbits to keynote LibrePlanet: "Living Liberation"

From January 31

Hundred Rabbits is a small artist collective consisting of Rek, a writer and cartoonist, and Devine, a programmer, artist, and musician. Rek and Devine travel the globe together with their sailboat named "Pino" while creating and adapting software to fit their needs. Learn more about Hundred Rabbits, their contributions to free software, and their keynote at the upcoming LibrePlanet 2022.

Waag founder Marleen Stikker to keynote LibrePlanet 2022

From January 25

Marleen Stikker, founder of Waag and The Digital City (1993), will keynote LibrePlanet 2022. Of Stikker's work, Zoë Kooyman, program manager for the FSF, said, "We're delighted to host Marleen as a keynote at this year's event. She has helped introduce the concepts of free software to many people in her years of activism. Her work is the perfect example of 'Living Liberation.'" Read more about Stikker and this year's LibrePlanet.

Chile citizens: support these constitutional proposals for free software and user privacy

From January 27 with Felix Freeman

The FSF helped to generate awareness around Chilean free software advocates' proposals to advance free software and free culture. Read the FSF's call to action.

From January 19 by Drew DeVault

What happened at the hearing for New Hampshire's free software law?

From January 17 by David Brooks

At the beginning of January, the FSF gave a call to action to free software supporters in New Hampshire. What happened at the hearing?

The UK paid $724,000 for a creepy campaign to convince people that encryption is bad. It won’t work.

From January 21 by Joe Mullin

This week, the UK government launched an unprecedented and deceptive effort to kill off end-to-end encryption. They've hired a fancy ad agency to convince people that encrypted messages are dangerous to children. Learn more about what the campaign may mean for encryption.

Biden name checks Apple and Microsoft in right to repair speech

From January 26 by Kris Holt

Biden issues an executive order to encourage "FTC [US Federal Trade Commission] to issue rules against anticompetitive restrictions on using independent repair shops or doing DIY repairs of your own devices and equipment." Learn more about how this could impact people in the US.

Google Analytics declared illegal in the EU

From January 19 by Hanna

Austria's data protection authority has found that Google Analytics is illegal to use on European Web sites. Read more about the landmark ruling and how it impacts users in the EU.

New "TLDR" bill requires companies provide synopsis of overlong, predatory terms of service

From January 13 by Karl Bode

This week saw the introduction of the Terms-of-service Labeling, Design and Readability Act, or "TLDR Act", for short. The bill, which, for now, has bipartisan support, would require the FTC to create rules mandating that Web sites must offer a truncated version of their terms of service (TOS). Learn more about the "summary statement" Web sites would be obligated to provide and what it might mean for businesses and people.

Canon tells its customers how to remove its DRM in its printer toner

From January 10th by Tim De Chant

Due to supply chain shortages in the chips that were being used for Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) over its customers, Canon announced a workaround to the DRM. Learn more about how Canon is telling customers how to defeat its restrictions.

GNU Guix conference announcement

From January 12 by GNU Guix

There is an upcoming GNU Guix conference on February 19 and 20. Deadline for talks proposals is February 8. Learn more, submit proposals, and register for the online conference.

Intel's SGX deprecation impacts DRM and Ultra HD Blu-ray support

From January 15 by Jimmy Pezzone

Blu-ray users who are using modern Intel hardware are feeling the consequences of an intentionally defective design. Read the article to learn more about how DRM has impacted users.

January GNU Emacs news

From January 31 by Sacha Chua

In these issues: GNU Emacs calculator, Doom Emacs, University notes with org-mode, and more!

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 Libera.Chat, and usually include a handful of regulars as well as newcomers. Libera.Chat is accessible from any IRC client -- Everyone's welcome!

The next meeting is Friday, February 4 from 12pm to 3pm EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC). Details here:

LibrePlanet featured resource: Freedom Ladder Stories

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

For this month, we are highlighting the Freedom Ladder Stories page, which is a place for anyone to share their free software story. How did you get into free software? What difficulties did you encounter adopting free software into your life? What successes, no matter how small, made a difference for your software freedom? You are invited to add to, 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: New GNU releases!

22 new GNU releases in the last month (as of January 27, 2022):

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.

FSF and other 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:

  • Alexander Todorovic
  • Carter Cheng
  • Dane Gutsell
  • Guus Sliepen
  • Jeff Moe
  • Kim Minh Kaplan
  • Martin Jässing
  • Michael Henderson
  • Orlando Wingbrant
  • Will Butler

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 GNU GPL and keep software free. The following individuals have assigned their copyright to the FSF (and allowed public appreciation) in the past month:

  • Ikumi Keita (GNU Emacs)
  • Justin Schell (GNU Emacs)
  • Jonathan Eskin (GNU Emacs)
  • Mike Frysinger (GNU Automake)
  • Niklas Eklund (GNU Emacs)
  • Qifan Wang (GNU Emacs)

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

Translations of the Free Software Supporter

El Free Software Supporter está disponible en español. Para ver la versión en español haz click aqui: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2022/febrero

Para cambiar las preferencias de usuario y recibir los próximos números del Supporter en español, haz click aquí: https://my.fsf.org/civicrm/profile/create?reset=1&gid=34&id={contact.contact_id}&{contact.checksum}

Le Free Software Supporter est disponible en français. Pour voir la version française cliquez ici: https://www.fsf.org/free-software-supporter/2022/fevrier

Pour modifier vos préférences et recevoir les prochaines publications du Supporter en français, cliquez ici: https://my.fsf.org/civicrm/profile/create?reset=1&gid=34&id={contact.contact_id}&{contact.checksum}

Take action with the FSF!

Contributions from thousands of individual associate 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, free software adoption, OpenDocument, and more.

Do you read and write Portuguese and English? The FSF is looking for translators for Free Software Supporter. Please send an email to campaigns@fsf.org with your interest and a list of your experience and qualifications.


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