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Richard Stallman Was Right All Along

http://www.osnews.com

Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.

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European Parliamentarians participate in Document Freedom Day

http://www.osor.eu

Members of the European Parliament and their assistants are participating in this year's Document Freedom Day, a 'grassroots effort to educate the public about the importance of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in general', according to an announcement on the organisation's website.

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European Parliament starts free software user group

http://www.osor.eu

One member of the European Parliament and a handful of their advisors and assistants started a free software group last Saturday, aiming to increase the use of free and open source software in the European Parliament's IT infrastructure. The user group is open to all who works in the European Parliament, including staff and assistants working in political groups.

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WikiLeaks ACTA cables confirm it was a screwjob for the global poor

http://www.boingboing.net

The reason that ACTA was negotiated in secret among rich countries was that this was seen as the most expeditious way of getting a super-extreme copyright agreement passed with a minimum of fuss, and that all the poor countries who were excluded from the negotiation would later be coerced into agreeing to it.

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Son Of ACTA (But Worse): Meet TPP, The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

http://www.techdirt.com

Given the mounds of evidence suggesting that over protection via such laws is damaging to the economy, this is immensely troubling, and once again shows how the USTR is making policy by ignoring data. This is scary.

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Issues and challenges for the post-Cablegate/WikiLeaks world

http://matija.suklje.name

This post is about what I think we have to watch out after Cablegate. [...] A lot is at stake and if we do not want our children to live in an even more Orwellian society then already we do, we have to do something about it.

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The Anonymous WikiLeaks protests are a mass demo against control

http://www.guardian.co.uk

Richard Stallman: The actions against MasterCard and Amazon are not 'hacking'. People are just finding a way to protest in a digital space

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ACTA: Updated Analysis of the Final Version

http://www.laquadrature.net

By putting legal and monetary pressure on Internet service providers (in a most subtler way than in previous versions of the text), ACTA will give the music and movie industries a weapon to force them to police their networks and users themselves. Such a private police and justice of the Net is incompatible with democratic imperatives and represent a real threat for fundamental freedoms.

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New US cybersecurity bill could threaten free software

http://www.fsf.org

RMS recently called our attention to the Homeland Security Cyber and Physical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2010. This bill, currently being considered in a House subcommittee, has the potential to threaten free software.

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Battling the Hydra: FSFE’s work on Open Standards

http://blogs.fsfe.org

The European Interoperability Framework is just one battle among many. Besides the topic of interoperability in the public sector, there’s the task of reforming standardisation systems so that they produce Open Standards, and educating policy makers about the importance of the issue.

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"74 Democrats sold you out to AT&T, Verizon and Comcast"

http://agonist.org

74 Democrats signed a joint letter to the FCC supporting internet throttling by Verizon, ATT and Comcast. Throttling lets carriers slow or block internet traffic. This is a clear attack on net neutrality.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just endorsed net neutrality.

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FSFE Fellowship interview with David Reyes Samblas Martinez

http://blogs.fsfe.org

David Reyes Samblas Martinez is the founder of Spanish Copyleft Hardware store Tuxbrain, and attended the famous Open University of Catalunya. He’s also the subject of this month’s Fellowship interview, in which he answers questions on hardware manufacturing, e-learning and Free Software politics.

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“Jobbik” will make Hungary an open source powerhouse

http://www.hungarianambiance.com

Jobbik is not a new Linux distribution, but a political party, hell bent on making Hungary an open source powerhouse, if wins the upcoming general election, in April. This is an awesome news.

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One reason why I use and develop free software

http://soliverez.com.ar

If the future is the information society, then software is the new "means of production", and free software offers the opportunity to regain for use by everyone without being controlled by a single entity.

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With Friends Like These, Who Needs Microsoft?

http://boycottnovell.com

Another quick analysis of how Microsoft "bear-hugs" the "Open Source" community to advance technical and political goals

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