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Who is the enemy of FLOSS today?

http://michuk.posterous.com

For years the free and open source software people would say that the number one enemy, the devil on earth, the only factor blocking us from flooding the mass market with gnomes, mice and strange k-prefixed creatures is the company from Redmond. But is it still the case today?

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Your freedom needs free software

http://www.gnu.org

Many of us know that governments can threaten the human rights of software users through censorship and surveillance of the Internet. Many do not realize that the software they run on their home or work computers can be an even worse threat. Thinking of software as `just a tool', they suppose that it obeys them, when in fact it often obeys others instead.

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RMS: Who does that server really serve?

http://www.gnu.org

Richard Stallman's new article. On the Internet, proprietary software isn't the only way to lose your freedom. Software as a Service is another way to let someone else have power over your computing.

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Choose your future: free software, or masking tape on your kid's webcam

http://www.fsf.org

Appalled by the Lower Merion School District's remote monitoring of students? Help the Free Software Foundation build a wiki database of school districts that provide students with laptops, so that we can campaign against mandatory, proprietary laptops.

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Free Software is a democracy, Mark Shuttleworth!

http://www.inatux.com

"We've read the article at Webupd8.org with Mark Shuttleworth, and here is our opinion on the matter." ... "You have a kernel team because you think you need one, you feel the need to change the kernel. How many serious security flaws have there been in Ubuntu? And how many were specific to Ubuntu? "

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Interview: Eben Moglen - Freedom vs. The Cloud Log

http://www.h-online.com

Free software has won: practically all of the biggest and most exciting Web companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter run on it. But it is also in danger of losing, because those same services now represent a huge threat to our freedom as a result of the vast stores of information they hold about us, and the in-depth surveillance that implies.

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Why RMS will not sign the Public Domain Manifesto

http://www.fsf.org

The Public Domain Manifesto has its heart in the right place as it objects to some of the unjust extensions of copyright power, so Richard Stallman wish he could support it. However, it falls far short of what is needed.

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Of the powers we choose to lose

http://www.libervis.com

How I came full circle from being a Free Software purist to totally rejecting the sentiment and back to appreciating at least one aspect of it: the preservation of personal power of the user.

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Freedom businesses protect privacy

http://en.wikisource.org

Few presentations at conferences in the coming years will manage to combine the intellectual depth and delivery skills shown by Eben Moglen in this penetrating analysis of privacy and technology. Moglen poses an important question; namely, what will be the most successful intelligence organizations of the 21st century?

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Eben Moglen Live in NYC on Friday: Freedom in the Cloud

http://ostatic.com

If you're fortunate enough to live near New York City, you can catch Eben Moglen at the NY Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-NY) on Friday, talking about "Freedom in the Cloud." Specifically, Moglen will be talking about the implications of "cloud computing" on software freedom, privacy, and security. Cloud computing does pose quite a few challenges for software freedom.

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Free Software: 3 Major Projects That Haven't Happened Yet

http://linsux.org

In this small rant, I address things that I wish would hurry up and exist to aid the FOSS communities around the world. The list might expand, I'm not sure yet.

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Remote control of your computer with non-free software is unwise

http://www.digitalcitizen.info

"BitTorrent is the most popular filesharing protocol on the Internet today. BitTorrent users typically obtain pieces of the data they want and share pieces of the same data with others. By cooperating in this fashion, almost everyone who wants a copy of the data gets what they want..."

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Tinkerer’s sunset

http://diveintomark.org

When DVD Jon was arrested after breaking the CSS encryption algorithm, he was charged with ``unauthorized computer trespassing''. That led his lawyers to ask the obvious question, ``On whose computer did he trespass?'' The prosecutor’s answer: ``his own''.

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The commons as a common paradigm for social movements and beyond

http://commonsblog.wordpress.com

"...We can only promote the commons as a new narrative for the 21st century if they are identified as a common denominator by different social movements and schools of thought. In my point of view, enforcing the commons would be not only possible, but strategically intelligent.

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Free Software as Part of the Anarchist Toolkit

http://www.binaryfreedom.info

«...For free software has two roles.1) and it is doing this already, is to make available the tools to spread out and share information as widely and as easily as possible, thereby making society more informed and achieving rapid (and needed) culture change and 2) to help the transformation from the current fragmentary representative and badly functioning democracy to one of participatory democra

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