NewsForge: FSF Reaches Out to Social Activists
Sep 04, 2006, 12:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)
"2006 may be remembered as the year that the Free Software
Foundation (FSF) reached out to the community. The FSF has already
undertaken an unprecedented year-long consultation process about
the revisions to the GNU General Public License, and the Defective
By Design campaign against digital rights management technologies.
Now, the FSF is planning a third campaign to deliver its message
about ethical software to social activists outside the technical
communities. 'We think that social groups taking on policies about
free software can act as a huge lever within schools, trade unions,
local governments, and churches,' says Peter Brown, executive
director of the FSF.
"The message, Brown says, will be a simple one, calculated to
appeal to these groups: 'Free software is an issue of free speech
when we're moving more of our lives on to computers.' The goal is
appeal to the strong ethical stance of activist groups, and to
encourage them to adopt policies in favor of free software..."