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+ - MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" released

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "The GNU MediaGoblin folks have put out another release of their free software media hosting platform, dubbed 0.7.0: Time Traveler's Delight. The new release moves closer to federation by including a new upload API based on the Pump API, a new theme labeled "Sandy 70s Speedboat", metadata features, bulk upload, a more responsive design, and many other fixes and improvements. This is the first release since the recent crowdfunding campaign run with the FSF which was used to bring on a full time developer to focus on federation, among other things."

+ - MediaGoblin and FSF successfully raise funds for federation, privacy features

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

+ - MediaGoblin devs: "Mad about government censorship? Do something about it."

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "Responding to recent news that YouTube is giving the UK Government tools to broadly flag even legal videos on YouTube for takedown, the MediaGoblin developers have made a call to arms: "Mad about Government censorship? Let's do something about it." The MediaGoblin crew are currently running a campaign for federation and privacy features, including expanding federation tools like PyPump to make adding federation easier for all sorts of python web applications."

+ - MediaGoblin and the FSF run campaign for privacy and federation on the web

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "MediaGoblin, a free software image/video/audio media publishing system, and the FSF have launched a campaign for media publishing privacy and federation on the web! The campaign's goals include wrapping up present work to add federation via the Pump API, adding private media sharing, and simplifying deployment. There's a set of other stretch goals illustrated by goblin themed pixel art. You can also read more on their announcement blogpost."

+ - GNU MediaGoblin 0.5.0 "Goblin Force" released

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "MediaGoblin 0.5.0 Goblin Force is released with a slew of new features: authentication plugins including OpenID and Mozilla Persona support, a new notification system, a new "reprocessing framework", and more! The project is also making progress towards its long-awaited federation goals via the Pump API, as used in pump.io. Rockin'!"

+ - How to block the NSA from your friends list->

Submitted by Atticus Rex
Atticus Rex (2621751) writes "The fact that our social networking services are so centralized is a big part of why they fall so easily to government surveillance. It only takes a handful of amoral Zuckerbergs to hand over hundreds of millions of people's data to PRISM.

That's why this Slate article makes the case for a mass migration to decentralized, free software social networks, which are much more robust to spying and interference. On top of that, these systems respect your freedom as a software user (or developer), and they're less likely to pepper you with obnoxious advertisements."

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+ - MediaGoblin 0.4.0 released, supports document uploads

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The MediaGoblin folks have knocked out another release. MediaGoblin now can handle document uploads, displaying them in-browser with pdf.js (not just PDFs can be uploaded, but almost any document which can be converted by LibreOffice is supported). Also includes a new expanded plugin infrastructure and Plugin Writer's Guide. Get it while it's still hot off the presses!"

+ - OpenStreetMap in 3D via WebGL->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Most of us know OpenStreetMap just from (IMHO very detailed!) webmaps. The more experienced ones might know, that there had been approaches to bring in a third dimension. Now here is a WebGL app presenting you OSM entirely interactive and with real cute animations, all done just from open geodata.

If your neighbourhood is currently still flat and you like to improve it:
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/3D"

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+ - Rhythos: a FOSS RPG Builder using Liberated Pixel Cup assets->

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "For those who are fans of old RPG game building tools like RPGMaker, Rhythos is running a kickstarter campaign to build a free and open source software RPG builder. They're using the Liberated Pixel Cup assets and have plans to expand that set if they raise enough funds in addition to building the game engine."
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+ - Conservancy running campaign to write better accounting software for nonprofits-> 1

Submitted by paroneayea
paroneayea (642895) writes "The Software Freedom Conservancy is running a campaign to improve accounting software, especially for nonprofits. To keep their books and produce annual government filings, most NPOs rely on proprietary software, paying exorbitant licensing fees. This is fundamentally at cross purposes with their underlying missions of charity, equality, democracy, and sharing. You can help Conservancy fix this problem by donating now!"
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+ - RMS urges W3C to reject DRM in HTML5 on principle->

Submitted by gnujoshua
gnujoshua (540710) writes "In a new article, GNU Project founder, Richard M. Stallman speaks out against the proposal to include hooks for DRM in HTML5. While others have been making similar arguments, RMS strikes home the point that while companies can still push Web DRM themselves, the stance taken by the W3C is still — both practically and politically — vitally important:

[...] the W3C cannot prevent companies from grafting DRM onto HTML. They do this through nonfree plug-ins such as Flash, and with nonfree Javascript code, thus showing that we need control over the Javascript code we run and over the C code we run. However, where the W3C stands is tremendously important for the battle to eliminate DRM. On a practical level, standardizing DRM would make it more convenient, in a very shallow sense. This could influence people who think only of short-term convenience to think of DRM as acceptable, which could in turn encourage more sites to use DRM. On the political level, making room for DRM in the specifications of the World Wide Web would constitute an endorsement in principle of DRM by the W3C. Standardization by the W3C could facilitate DRM that is harder for users to break than DRM implemented in Javascript code. If the DRM is implemented in the operating system, this could result in distribution of works that can't be played at all on a free operating system such as GNU/Linux.

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+ - Google begins blocking 3rd party Jabber invites supposedly to combat spam-> 1

Submitted by kxra
kxra (2826067) writes "Do you have a federated jabber instant messaging account that never gets responses from Google accounts anymore? Or do you have a Gmail account that a friend has been unable to invite from their 3rd party Jabber account? The Free Software Foundation reports, "Google users can still send subscription requests to contacts whose accounts are hosted elsewhere. But they cannot accept incoming requests. This change is akin to Google no longer accepting incoming e-mail for @gmail.com addresses from non-Google domains." This sounds like something Facebook would try in order to gain even tighter control over the network, but they never even federated their Jabber service to begin with. According to a public mailing list conversation, Google is doing this as a lazy way to handle a spam problem."
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