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Society

Provide Internet to Protect Human Rights

There’s nearly 4 billion people in the world that are connected to the internet. Near half of the earth’s population right now. Internet has become something very important in our lives. Almost all data and information we use is transferred via internet.

Right now, free flow of information depends on internet and internet has been of the most important tools to protect free speech and human rights. Censoring internet or putting limitations on its connectivity is for sure a violation of freedom of speech.

Some governments like Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, etc. censor internet a lot. During protests in Kashmir, Indian government blocked internet access. Good internet connectivity, right now, is almost impossible in Kashmir and it’s very hard for journalists and people to report about the situation there.

During the latest protests in Iran, same thing happened and internet was down for near a month and people were unable to report their situation to anyone. This is a thing that should never happen again.

Governments like India can run a genocide. Same thing happened in Burma against Muslims and because of lack of connectivity to internet, nobody knew about it for a long time and even after world found out about it, the Burma’s government denied everything and tried to censor news and information about it.

We should find a way to provide a service (internet) that can’t be censored or limited. Protectors of human rights and governments that pretend that they value human rights should try to provide unlimited and not-censored internet to ensure that people can talk freely and report violations on human rights all around the world.

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FreeCulture

Free Software Is About Freedom, Not Price

I almost always call “free software”, “software libre” to avoid misunderstanding between price and freedom. Whenever I say free software, I should explain to people that by free software, I mean a software that respects freedom.

Free software is different with freeware. When we say free software, we mean free as in freedom. That’s why I call it software libre. But there’s still some questions for people.

One of the questions people ask me is that if a software is libre, how can we make money from it? My answer is always simple and short. You can make money from software libre the way you make money from proprietary software.

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FreeCulture

Blackblogs Needs Your Help

About a couple of weeks ago, Blackblogs team announced with an email message that they are under a heavy DDoS attack and their great service is unreachable.

Now, after a while, Blackblogs service is still unreachable and they need help for switching their server and it’s a hard job as the new server probably will be the next target for attackers.

The attack targets the public facing side of blackblogs.org, not the “backoffice”. The public facing side is a reverse proxy, a “trafficker” of content not its source. No data is lost, modified or at risk – it’s only unreachable!

They are also evaluating automated tor hidden services, but there are technical details which might spoil any attempt in that direction.

If you can help Blackblogs in any way, please send an email message to blackblogs [at] blackblogs.org.

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Society

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

Today, protesters in Minneapolis clashed with police following death of a human (black) because of police brutality.

In a video that went viral on social media, a black human being was pinned down by a blue pig. Today, people were protesting against this brutality and this horrible, obvious violation of human rights.

The man in the video was telling the blue pig that he can’t breath but the pig refused to move his leg, which was placed on the neck of the arrested man, and the pig was pushing more weight on the poor guy’s neck. RIP George Floyd.

Police officers all around the world are brutal and protectors of power. People all around the world experience this violence and we’re forced to obey their rules.

This injustice and brutality happens a lot in U.S., against black people (among other races). I believe waiting for the system to do something is wasting time. People should rise and protest and don’t stop till something serious happens from government.

This brutality, injustice, inequality, and discrimination should be stopped immediately with guarantees that these things will never happen again.

“Justice delayed is justice denied”. Don’t forget about this and rise up.

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Society

Menstrual Hygiene Day

Menstrual Hygiene Day is an annual awareness day on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. It was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide. The 28th was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.

In low-income countries, girls’ and women’s choices of menstrual hygiene materials are often limited by the costs, availability and social norms.Adequate sanitation facilities and access to feminine hygiene products are one part of the solution. Creating a culture that welcomes discussion and makes adequate education for women and girls is of equal importance. Research has found that not having access to menstrual hygiene management products can keep girls home from school during their period each month.

Menstrual Hygiene Day creates an occasion for publicizing information in the media, including social media. Public information campaigns can help to engage decision-makers in policy dialogue. The day offers an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into global, national and local policies and programs.

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FreeCulture Society

Google Is Helping China to Censor Internet

Two days ag, Palmer Luckey reported on Twitter that Google (YouTube) is deleting his comments about a Chinese propaganda.

YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao (五毛), an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist Party. Who at Google decided to censor American comments on American videos hosted in America by an American platform that is already banned in China?

Palmer Luckey
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FreeCulture Society

Please Donate Part of Your Taxes to Autistici/Inventati

I received this email message just now.

If you file taxes in Italy, you can donate to Autistici/Inventati via the so-called “5 per mille”, an option to donate 0.5% of your taxes to a non-profit organization.

To do so, on your “Modello CU Unico” and Form 730, in the section called “5 per mille”, you will have to sign your name ad insert the tax code (codice fiscale) 93090910501 where it says:

“SOSTEGNO DEL VOLONTARIATO E DELLE ALTRE ORGANIZZAZIONI NON LUCRATIVE DI UTILITA’ SOCIALE, DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI DI PROMOZIONE SOCIALE E DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI E FONDAZIONI RICONOSCIUTE CHE OPERANO NEI SETTORI DI CUI ALL’ART. 10, C. 1, LETT A), DEL D.LGS. N. 460 DEL 1997”

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FreeCulture Privacy

Use Software Libre OS on Your Phone

Using software libre is always important, no matter what kind of computer you use. Whether it’s a laptop or a mobile phone, our computers should do our computing the way we wish.

Using proprietary software makes corporations and computers do what they like, not what we want. However, software libre gives us the power to control our computing and own our systems.

One kind of computers we use daily is our mobile phones. Mobile phones are also computers so they should also run software libre. An important part of our mobile phones’ software is the operating system.

Now, Android itself is software libre but usually phones come with a Googlized Android. Googlized Android is no longer software libre but there’s something you can do, use LineageOS.

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Privacy

The House Is Voting on Section 215, Again. The Bill Still Needs More Reform

Later this week, the House of Representatives is once again voting on whether or not to extend the authorities in Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act—a surveillance law with a rich history of government overreach and abuse, along with two other PATRIOT Act provisions, and possibly, an amendment.

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Asides Society

Anti-Vaxxers Are Protesting Against COVID-19 Vaccine

There’s still no vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) but stupid anti-vaxxers are protesting against it. If you know any anti-vaxxer, please explain how vaccines work and if they still don’t accept the good in vaccines, please try to avoid them as much as you can.

Anti-vaxxers can be very dangerous to your health specially when it comes to vaccinating people against the coronavirus. There’s also this note on The Guardian.