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+ - After Snowden: Prioritising Free Software for Computing You Can Trust->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The president and the executive director of April, the French free software advocacy association, published this week an article in the popular French newspaper Libération entitled "After Snowden: Prioritising Free Software for Computing You Can Trust"

Here are two excerpts :

"The mechanism that establishes computing you can trust is not any different from that which regulates a modern democratic society. It essentially rests on the right to vote, associated with access to objective information. Free/libre software, which, in a global computer base dominated by Microsoft, is gathering momentum, is the only one to follow these principles: its code is accessible to everyone and its modifications are collectively decided on by a community of developers. The installation of a backdoor by the NSA within the source code of a free program is theoretically not impossible, but it will always remain much less likely than it would be within a proprietary program, whose code is kept secret."

"That said, technical solutions have their limits. What we need is political awareness, both at the governmental level and at the individual level. This choice is going to require some efforts from each of us: proprietary software programs have for years aimed to infantilize our relationship with IT, on the assumption that the less we knew, the more we would behave like captive customers. Regaining control of one's computing is not easy, but it is an essential civic initiative. Everyone should try to give priority to free software.""

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Comment: Italiy and england (Score 1) 2

are also going into that direction: requiring their administrations to use Free Software.

How much money can that save from national budgets?

In fact, how much money is channeled to some companies from whole countries, and how much security is lost in some black boxes managed from unaccountable companies?

I hear there is also some troubles brewing, because the French military has entered into an agreement with microsoft to use any of their software and *then* to pay them after some kind of audit. This kind of "openbar" agreement would be related to the country being part of NATO, and requiring some kind of interoperability between armies and their management... How much of that is plain bogus?

+ - French Prime Minister instructions on the usage of Free Software-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In September, 2012 was published a circular, signed by the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, which presents "Orientations and Recommendations relative to the Use of Free Software in French Administration". This document is the result of an interdepartmental work carried out by the DISIC ("Direction interministérielle des systèmes d'information et de communication", Interdepartmental Direction Directorate of information systems and communication).

Back then, April, French advocacy association devoted to promoting and protecting Free Software, published a press release "Ayrault Circular: progress for the use of Free Software in the French administration, pending the legislative part".

April has published an English translation of the document : "French Prime Minister instructions on the usage of Free Software in the French administration""

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Comment: Re:Reform (Score 2) 251

by emmanuel.charpentier (#42832869) Attached to: Email Trails Show Bankers Behaving Badly

You are right.

And considering modern currency and banking is just accounting (no gold backing for example), this current privilege granted to banks is just that: a privilege. With no legitimacy.

There are plenty of other ways to create money, for example give it to citizen (it should amount to some 5% of money volume increase per year).

+ - Hacker Space Festival splits across locations-> 1

Submitted by lekernel
lekernel (1279600) writes "After the success of the second Hacker Space Festival, the international community of hackers are invited to participate in the multiple events of the third edition. Hackito Ergo Sum (Paris, April 8-10) will be your usual security conference. Breizh Entropy Congress (Rennes, April 15-17, submission deadline March 16) is an eclectic event themed around free culture and technologies. Les Contorsions Technologiques (Paris, May 1st, submission deadline March 20) focuses on DIY hardware. Tetalab Hacker Space Festival (Toulouse, May 28-30) will consist in conferences and workshops revolving around hackerspaces activities. Eventually, Estive Numérique (Southern Alps countryside, July 20-26) will be about autonomy and self-sufficiency in the digital age. With such events blossoming, France looks like the place to be during the next months!"
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