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The Path of the GNU Blade

When you were using #Windows, I studied the #GNU. When you were implementing #DRM, I mastered #Emacs. While you wasted your days at the gym in pursuit of vanity, I bought a #Thinkpad. And now that the world is on fire and corporations are limiting your freedom, you have the audacity to come to me for help.

#rms #gnu #linux #freedom #freesoftware #software

via @hfaust

 
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No state of the European Union gave #Snowden #asylum. Snowden has shown that the #freedom of the West does not exist, because no country fights for this freedom against the interests of the US.
#eu #politics #nsa #surveillance #humanRights #europe #eu #fail #democracy #usa #justice

 
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No state of the European Union gave #Snowden #asylum. Snowden has shown that the #freedom of the West does not exist, because no country fights for this freedom against the interests of the US.
#eu #politics #nsa #surveillance #humanRights #europe #eu #fail #democracy #usa #justice

 
For the new release of the #debiensourceslistgenerator I'm looking for someone who would be willing to create a small logo. Colors should be based on the #Debian logo colors. Unfortunately, I can not pay you anything and would be grateful if it were a public service and under the #MIT license, like the rest of the source code.

#debiansourceslistgenerator #opensource #freedom

 

So. GitHub started blocking access for Iranian users.


So much for free speech, free software and freedom in general. There is a support page on GitHub itself.

What never ceases to amaze me is how readily organizations do it. I mean sure, GitHub is US based and now they are under Microsoft too so they can't ignore their government regulations even if they are idiotic and destructive. Of course you can't expect them not to comply but compliance can be different. You can do it reluctantly, a bare minimum just to get it done and with the least possible negative impact. Like "let's block connections from Iran and be done with it".

Or you can do it eagerly and to the best of your ability to maximize the impact. Like GitHub not just blocking current Iranian users but everyone who ever had any activity from Iran in the past, locking repositories without warning and refuse to let owners download backups so they can migrate.

In Nazi Germany most people also just followed orders. But some of them went further and developed gas chambers.

P.S. And obviously there is no better way to make a nation less anti-american than targeting their free software developers.

#freedom #iran #github #usa #sanctions

 

So. GitHub started blocking access for Iranian users.


So much for free speech, free software and freedom in general. There is a support page on GitHub itself.

What never ceases to amaze me is how readily organizations do it. I mean sure, GitHub is US based and now they are under Microsoft too so they can't ignore their government regulations even if they are idiotic and destructive. Of course you can't expect them not to comply but compliance can be different. You can do it reluctantly, a bare minimum just to get it done and with the least possible negative impact. Like "let's block connections from Iran and be done with it".

Or you can do it eagerly and to the best of your ability to maximize the impact. Like GitHub not just blocking current Iranian users but everyone who ever had any activity from Iran in the past, locking repositories without warning and refuse to let owners download backups so they can migrate.

In Nazi Germany most people also just followed orders. But some of them went further and developed gas chambers.

P.S. And obviously there is no better way to make a nation less anti-american than targeting their free software developers.

#freedom #iran #github #usa #sanctions

 

So. GitHub started blocking access for Iranian users.


So much for free speech, free software and freedom in general. There is a support page on GitHub itself.

What never ceases to amaze me is how readily organizations do it. I mean sure, GitHub is US based and now they are under Microsoft too so they can't ignore their government regulations even if they are idiotic and destructive. Of course you can't expect them not to comply but compliance can be different. You can do it reluctantly, a bare minimum just to get it done and with the least possible negative impact. Like "let's block connections from Iran and be done with it".

Or you can do it eagerly and to the best of your ability to maximize the impact. Like GitHub not just blocking current Iranian users but everyone who ever had any activity from Iran in the past, locking repositories without warning and refuse to let owners download backups so they can migrate.

In Nazi Germany most people also just followed orders. But some of them went further and developed gas chambers.

P.S. And obviously there is no better way to make a nation less anti-american than targeting their free software developers.

#freedom #iran #github #usa #sanctions

 
Wir verändern die Welt.
Jeden Tag!

Wenn wir nicht achtsam sind, kann es sein, dass wir eines Tages vor einer Welt stehen, in der es nur noch das zu ernten gibt, was wir vor langer Zeit unachtsam gesät haben.
Hass, Angst, Wut, Hast und das ständige Gefühl des Alleineseins wird uns dann begleiten.

Darum:
Es gibt nur ein WIR! Wir müssen lieben! Wir haben Zeit! Wut kann nicht durch Wut und Hass nicht durch Hass bekämpft werden! Seid für einander da und habt keine Angst!

#peace #love #freedom

 
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The Intel Management Engine: an attack on computer users' freedom and privacy


The #Intel Management Engine (frequently abbreviated as ME) is a separate #computer within Intel computers, which denies users #control by forcing them to run #nonfree #software that cannot be modified or replaced by anyone but Intel. This is #dangerous and #unjust. It is a very serious #attack on the #freedom, #privacy, and #security of computer users.

The Management Engine started to appear in Intel computers around 2007.

It could, for instance, be used to remotely:
  • Power the computers on and off.
  • Boot computers from remote #storage located on the system administrator's #machine or on a #server, and take control of the computer that way.
  • Retrieve and store various #serial #numbers that #identify the computer hardware.
Over time, Intel #imposed the Management Engine on all Intel computers, removed the ability for computer #users and #manufacturers to disable it, and extended its control over the computer to nearly 100%. It even has access to the main computer's #memory.

It now constitutes a #separate computing environment that is designed to deny users the control of their computer. It can even run #applications that implement Digital Restrictions Management ( #DRM ). See Defective by Design to learn why DRM is bad.

The remote administration is done through applications running inside the Management Engine, such as AMT (Active Management Technology). AMT gives #remote system administrators the same control they would have if sitting in front of the computer. AMT can also control Intel #Ethernet #interfaces and #Wi-Fi cards to #filter or #block #network traffic from going in or out of the computer.

We could correct all these problems if the users were able to run fully free software on the Management Engine, or at least, make it not run any code, effectively disabling it. The former is impossible because the Management Engine will only run code that is #cryptographically signed by Intel. This means that unless someone finds a flaw in the #hardware that enables users to bypass the signature check, users are effectively denied the ability to #install the software they wish in the Management Engine.

Despite all Intel's efforts to make the Management Engine inescapable, software developers have had some success with preventing it from loading code. For instance, the #Libreboot project disables the Management Engine by removing all the code that the Management Engine is supposed to load on some #Thinkpad computers manufactured in #2008, including the R400, T400, T400s, T500, W500, X200, X200s, and X200T.

Also, many Intel computers manufactured in 2006 have the ancestor of the Management Engine which is disabled from the start, such as the Lenovo Thinkpads X60, X60s, X60 Tablet and T60, and many more.

A free software program named intelmetool is capable of detecting if the Management Engine is absent or disabled. With more recent hardware, it is not yet possible to fully disable the Management Engine, as some of the hardware needs to be initialized by it. It is however possible to limit the amount of nonfree software running on the Management Engine by removing parts of the #code and/or by configuring it to not run some code.

Independently from the Management Engine, other issues affect computers users in very similar ways:

Many computers use nonfree boot software (like #BIOS or #UEFI or equivalent) and/or require it to be cryptographically signed by the hardware manufacturer. This raises similar concern for the freedom, privacy, and security of computer users because the boot software is responsible for loading the operating system, and has more control over the computer than the operating system. This issue also affects computers using other architectures such as #ARM.

#AMD computers made after 2013 also have a separate computer within the computer, called PSP (Platform Security Processor), which has similar #issues.

Because of Intel's attack on users' freedom, to avoid being denied freedom, privacy, and security, computer users wanting to use a machine with an Intel processor must use older computers with no Management Engine, or whose Management Engine is disabled.

Whenever companies follow Intel's path, we will need to design our own hardware to keep being able to escape such attacks on freedom, by ensuring that users can run fully free software on it. This will also create the necessary building blocks that will enable users to benefit from hardware #freedoms in the #future, when manufacturing technologies are easily available to end users.

At the moment the only way to avoid this universal backdoor is to use computers that have been certified to respect your freedom (RYF).


#NSA #spyware #spy #mass #surveillance #technology #laptops #CPU #processor #universal #backdoor #malware #Corei3 #Corei5 #Corei7

 
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The Intel Management Engine: an attack on computer users' freedom and privacy


The #Intel Management Engine (frequently abbreviated as ME) is a separate #computer within Intel computers, which denies users #control by forcing them to run #nonfree #software that cannot be modified or replaced by anyone but Intel. This is #dangerous and #unjust. It is a very serious #attack on the #freedom, #privacy, and #security of computer users.

The Management Engine started to appear in Intel computers around 2007.

It could, for instance, be used to remotely:
  • Power the computers on and off.
  • Boot computers from remote #storage located on the system administrator's #machine or on a #server, and take control of the computer that way.
  • Retrieve and store various #serial #numbers that #identify the computer hardware.
Over time, Intel #imposed the Management Engine on all Intel computers, removed the ability for computer #users and #manufacturers to disable it, and extended its control over the computer to nearly 100%. It even has access to the main computer's #memory.

It now constitutes a #separate computing environment that is designed to deny users the control of their computer. It can even run #applications that implement Digital Restrictions Management ( #DRM ). See Defective by Design to learn why DRM is bad.

The remote administration is done through applications running inside the Management Engine, such as AMT (Active Management Technology). AMT gives #remote system administrators the same control they would have if sitting in front of the computer. AMT can also control Intel #Ethernet #interfaces and #Wi-Fi cards to #filter or #block #network traffic from going in or out of the computer.

We could correct all these problems if the users were able to run fully free software on the Management Engine, or at least, make it not run any code, effectively disabling it. The former is impossible because the Management Engine will only run code that is #cryptographically signed by Intel. This means that unless someone finds a flaw in the #hardware that enables users to bypass the signature check, users are effectively denied the ability to #install the software they wish in the Management Engine.

Despite all Intel's efforts to make the Management Engine inescapable, software developers have had some success with preventing it from loading code. For instance, the #Libreboot project disables the Management Engine by removing all the code that the Management Engine is supposed to load on some #Thinkpad computers manufactured in #2008, including the R400, T400, T400s, T500, W500, X200, X200s, and X200T.

Also, many Intel computers manufactured in 2006 have the ancestor of the Management Engine which is disabled from the start, such as the Lenovo Thinkpads X60, X60s, X60 Tablet and T60, and many more.

A free software program named intelmetool is capable of detecting if the Management Engine is absent or disabled. With more recent hardware, it is not yet possible to fully disable the Management Engine, as some of the hardware needs to be initialized by it. It is however possible to limit the amount of nonfree software running on the Management Engine by removing parts of the #code and/or by configuring it to not run some code.

Independently from the Management Engine, other issues affect computers users in very similar ways:

Many computers use nonfree boot software (like #BIOS or #UEFI or equivalent) and/or require it to be cryptographically signed by the hardware manufacturer. This raises similar concern for the freedom, privacy, and security of computer users because the boot software is responsible for loading the operating system, and has more control over the computer than the operating system. This issue also affects computers using other architectures such as #ARM.

#AMD computers made after 2013 also have a separate computer within the computer, called PSP (Platform Security Processor), which has similar #issues.

Because of Intel's attack on users' freedom, to avoid being denied freedom, privacy, and security, computer users wanting to use a machine with an Intel processor must use older computers with no Management Engine, or whose Management Engine is disabled.

Whenever companies follow Intel's path, we will need to design our own hardware to keep being able to escape such attacks on freedom, by ensuring that users can run fully free software on it. This will also create the necessary building blocks that will enable users to benefit from hardware #freedoms in the #future, when manufacturing technologies are easily available to end users.

At the moment the only way to avoid this universal backdoor is to use computers that have been certified to respect your freedom (RYF).


#NSA #spyware #spy #mass #surveillance #technology #laptops #CPU #processor #universal #backdoor #malware #Corei3 #Corei5 #Corei7

 
#SPON #AynjelaMurkel #Freedom #birnetrepidations

 
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The future of Facebook's libra coin!


#Facebook #Bitcoin #Blockchain #Freedom #CIA #NSA

 

Alan Dershowitz: The First Amendment DOESN'T Distinguish Between Wikileaks & Mainstream Media! - Invidious

We speak to Alan Dershowitz (Harvard Law Professor and former legal adviser to Julian Assange) about the latest indictment against Julian Assange, the danger it poses to mainstream outlets such as CNN, the New York Times and Washington Post, the silence of most Democrats & Republicans on Assange’s persecution, Donald Trump’s state visit and more.
#USA #news #politics #activism #Wikileaks #journalism #Assange #freedom #protectJulian #Unity4J #brexit #corbyn

 

Alan Dershowitz: The First Amendment DOESN'T Distinguish Between Wikileaks & Mainstream Media! - Invidious

We speak to Alan Dershowitz (Harvard Law Professor and former legal adviser to Julian Assange) about the latest indictment against Julian Assange, the danger it poses to mainstream outlets such as CNN, the New York Times and Washington Post, the silence of most Democrats & Republicans on Assange’s persecution, Donald Trump’s state visit and more.
#USA #news #politics #activism #Wikileaks #journalism #Assange #freedom #protectJulian #Unity4J #brexit #corbyn

 
One World One Voice (1990)

It is the ultimate global mix, the brainchild of Kevin Godley. Filmed and recorded on the road, it is a “chain tape”, each of the musicians adding a new theme to the mix as Kevin’s team toured the world. All profits will go to charities fighting environ - mental destruction and rising global poverty.


#musik #worldmusic #weltmusik #music #OneWorld #peace #freedom

 
One World One Voice (1990)

It is the ultimate global mix, the brainchild of Kevin Godley. Filmed and recorded on the road, it is a “chain tape”, each of the musicians adding a new theme to the mix as Kevin’s team toured the world. All profits will go to charities fighting environ - mental destruction and rising global poverty.


#musik #worldmusic #weltmusik #music #OneWorld #peace #freedom

 

Poland has filed a complaint against the European Union’s copyright directive - The Verge


#politics #internet #freedom

 

Poland has filed a complaint against the European Union’s copyright directive - The Verge


#politics #internet #freedom