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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..."

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