"Our browsers have become perhaps the most critical of tools we depend on, and yet the browser environment is far from healthy," says Michiel Leenaars, director of strategy at NLnet Foundation and coordinator of NGI Zero. "Dominant corporate behavior from a small amount of actors has been aggressively reshaping the evolution of the Web, and that is starting to wreak havoc. Despite an enormous systemic dependency, we as users have very little control over what browsers allow and share -- leading to significant risk as the most powerful tools in the shed are essentially left unprotected for every casual Web site to abuse. JShelter is a great initiative to help empower us all, to help us gain better understanding and to better safeguard ourselves from obvious and otherwise unavoidable harm."
JShelter will form a core part of the FSF's general recommendations for how to use the Web without ethical compromise. In conjunction with the GNU LibreJS extension, a fully free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system, and a Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certified computer, it will help users move toward the FSF's vision of a world where computing upholds, rather than diminishes, their individual rights.
About the Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting 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, and its Web sites, located at https://fsf.org and https://gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.
More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.
About the NLnet Foundation
Started in 1989, Stichting NLnet is an independent, recognized philanthropic nonprofit foundation that stimulates network research and development in the domain of Internet technology. The articles of association for the NLnet foundation state: "to promote the exchange of electronic information and all that is related or beneficial to that purpose." The foundation actively engages with the global internet community in many ways, with a joint goal to create a better, safer, and more secure Internet for tomorrow. More information about Stichting NLnet can be found at https://nlnet.nl/foundation/.
About the Next Generation Internet initiative
The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative (https://NGI.eu), launched by the European Commission's DG CNECT in the autumn of 2016, aims to shape the future Internet as an an inclusive and value-centric Internet for all: resilient, trustworthy and sustainably free. The overall mission of the Next Generation Internet initiative is to re-imagine and re-engineer the Internet for the third millennium and beyond. The information age should be an era that brings out the best in all of us. NGI wants to enable human potential, mobility and creativity at the largest possible scale -- while dealing responsibly with our natural resources.
In practical terms, the NGI initiative is carried out by ambitious efforts supporting the concrete development of free software and hardware and new standards -- such as NGI Zero (https://nlnet.nl/NGI0), which is a joint initiative by NLnet Foundation, Accessibility Foundation, Association for Progressive Communications, Center for the Cultivation of Technology, Network Security Group of Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Free Software Foundation Europe, ifrOSS, NixOS Foundation, Petites Singularités, Radically Open Security, and Translate House. NGI Zero receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 825310 and 825322.
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