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Silicon.com: Human Rights Enshrined in Open Source Software

Dec 03, 2002, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Software distributed under an 'enhanced source' licence released this week will be legally prohibited from censoring or spying on users.

"Crafted by Hacktivismo, a hacking group organised by the Cult of the Dead Cow, the Hacktivismo enhanced-source software licence agreement says that anyone using code released under it must respect privacy, free expression, due process and other human rights.

"HESSLA comes as concern is growing over governments using technology such as blocking software to restrict what their citizens can do or say online. In September, Republicans in the US released a report titled 'Tear Down This Firewall,' and this week, Amnesty International published a report highlighting China's crackdown on internet use..."

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