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byFree Software Foundation Contributions Published onJan 25, 2013 03:52 PM

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The FSF's campaigns target important opportunities for free softwareadoption and development, empower people against specific threats totheir freedom, and move us closer to a free society.

Our successesare driven by the efforts ofsupportersand activists like you allaround the world. Please take a moment today to make a contribution,byjoining the FSF as an associate member,making a tax-deductible donationandvolunteering your time.

What are the latest things happening for the campaigns team? Check out theFSF Community Blog, maintained by the campaigns team. Have an idea for something we should cover?Drop us an email. Looking for simple action items, or have an idea for a simple action item for free software supporters? Check out theAction items pageat libreplanet.org.

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Freedom Ladder

Freedom LadderThe "Freedom Ladder" is a new method the FSF campaigns team is developing to help users get their first start in software freedom. Its focus is gently guide users into GNU/Linux, while at the same time encourage them to not rest content with nonfree software. We want to help them stay both motivated and determined in their gradual process to eliminate nonfree software from their lives.


Fight to Repair

Fight to RepairAs the world becomes more software-driven, an individual's right to repair both the hardware and software components of the devices they rely on becomes crucial.Fight to Repairis our campaign to support right to repair initiatives around the world, and warn against the day-to-day use of proprietary software in hardware as diverse as self-driving cars, printer cartridges, and "smart" home assistants.


Free JavaScript

FreeJSTheFree JavaScript campaignis an ongoing effort to persuade organizations to make their Web sites work without requiring that users run any nonfree software. By convincing influential sites to make the transition, we raise awareness of the need for free software-friendly Web sites and influence the owners of other sites to follow.


High Priority Free Software Projects

FSF High Priority Logo

The FSF'sHigh Priority Projects listandReverse Engineering Task Listserve to foster the development of projects that are important for increasing the adoption and use of free software and free software operating systems. Some of the most important projects on our list are "replacement projects". These projects are important because they address areas where users are continually seduced into using nonfree software by the lack of an adequate free replacement. These are critical projects thatneed your help.


Secure Boot vs Restricted Boot

Secure Boot vs Restricted BootWhen done correctly, "Secure Boot" is designed to protect against malware by preventing computers from loading unauthorized binary programs when booting. In practice, this means that computers implementing it won't boot unauthorized operating systems -- including initially authorized systems that have been modified without being re-approved.

This could be a feature deserving of the name, as long as theuseris able to authorize the programs she wants to use, so she can run free software written and modified by herself or people she trusts. However, we are concerned that Microsoft and hardware manufacturers will implement these boot restrictions in a way that will prevent users from booting anything other than Windows. In this case, we are better off calling the technology Restricted Boot, since such a requirement would be a disastrous restriction on computer users and not a security feature at all.


Surveillance

Surveillance

If we want to defang surveillance programs like PRISM, we need to stop using centralized systems and come together to build an Internet that's decentralized, trustworthy, and free "as in freedom." Check out thesurveillance campaign areato get involved with the effort to make the Web in general safer and from surveillance.

On an individual level, we also need to start encrypting our personal communication to make bulk surveillance much more difficult and to protect the people we communicate with. TryEmail Self-Defense, our beginner's guide to email encryption, to get started in less than an hour.


Upgrade from Windows

Upgrade from Windows

Microsoft uses draconian law to put Windows, the world's most-used operating system, completely outside the control of its users. Neither Windows users nor independent experts can view the system's source code, make modifications or fixes, or copy the system. This puts Microsoft in a dominant position over its customers, which it takes advantage of to treat them as a product.

Windows comes with plenty of "features" Microsoft won't tell you about. Because Windows is proprietary software, you can't modify Windows or see how it is built, which means Microsoft can use its operating system to exploit users and benefit special interests. Windows 10's privacy policy asserts the privilege to sell almost any information it wants about users. And starting with Windows 10, Microsoft will begin forcing lower-paying users to test less-secure new updates before giving higher-paying users the option of whether or not to adopt them.

Learn more about our campaign and pledge to upgrade away from Windows athttp://www.upgradefromwindows.com


Working Together for Free Software

Free software is simply software that respects our freedom — our freedom to learn and understand the software we are using. Free software is designed to free the user from restrictions put in place by proprietary software, and so using free software lets you join a global community of people who are making the political and ethical choice assertion of our rights to learn and to share what we learn with others.

To make donations to specific free software projects while supporting the FSF at the same time, learn more about theWorking Together for Free Software Fund. Projects interested in joining the fund can visitour fiscal sponsorship pagefor more information.

Meet the free software gang

This is a campaign aimed at getting new users into free software.


The GNU Operating System

The GNU operating system is a complete operating system made entirely offree software. Millions of people are using GNU every day toedit their documents, browse the web, play games, and handle theiremail, or as part of a GNU/Linux system on their home computer. Even people who have never heard of it use GNU everyday, because it powers many of the sitesthey visit and services they use.Learn more about GNU, and support progress on fully free operating systems byvolunteeringordonatingto the FSF.


Defective by Design

Digital Restrictions Management(DRM) robs us of control over the technology we use and the culture we live in. DRM and theDMCAcan make it illegal to share an article, back-up your kids' favorite DVD, or move your music from one player to another. Since DRM is inherently incompatible with free software, it also excludes free software users from equal participation in culture. Now, we are facing a new threat:DRM in HTML5. Millions of Internet users came together to defeat SOPA/PIPA, but now Big Media moguls are going through non-governmental channels to try to sneak digital restrictions into every interaction we have online.

DefectiveByDesign.orgis our anti-DRM campaign, where we mobilize large vocal communities to reject products from businesses that insist on using to DRM to control their customers. Learn more atDefectiveByDesign.organd thecampaign wiki.


PlayOgg

The PlayOgg campaign (playogg.org) promotes the use of free audio and video formats unencumbered by patent restrictions, rather than MP3, QuickTime, Windows Media,and AAC, whose patent problems threaten free software and hinder progress. We alsopromote the use of the new"video tag"standard as an alternative toAdobe Flash for embedding audio and video in webpages. Find out more about PlayOgg atplayogg.orgor at thecampaign wiki. You can also join the PlayOgg volunteer team to push companies and services to use Ogg byjoining the mailing list.


End Software Patents

Software patents create a legal nightmare for all software developers and pose particular problems for the free software movement. So as the FSF campaigns for formats that are free of software patents, we also work on the more fundamental task of ending software patents entirely, through legal and legislative action. Learn more atendsoftwarepatents.org, see thewiki, join theaction alert mailing list.


Campaign for OpenDocument

OurOpenDocument campaignfights for the use of free formats in governmentdocuments, pushing governments to adopt policies requiring that all digital public documents and information be stored and distributed in formats that are standard, open, androyalty-free. OpenDocument Format (ODF) is one such format.Getinvolvedand take action against Microsoft Office Open XML.


Campaign for Hardware that Supports Free Software

FSF Micro component

Hardware manufacturers are often negligent in offering support for free software. Ourhardware directoryhelps people identify hardware to buy that works with their free software operating system. It is also an important part of the FSF's ongoing work to persuade hardware vendors to respect free software users. For more information on the FSF's plans, read our whitepaper:The road to hardware free from restriction, or see its most recent revisions on itsLibrePlanet wiki page.

January 2018:Read about the threat presented by theIntel Management Engine.


Free BIOS

The Libreboot logo, a black silhouette of a jumping deer.

The BIOS is a computer's Basic Input/Output System, which boots the operating system and provides the interface between it and the hardware components. Though users are rarely aware of the BIOS, its foundational role makes it a user freedom chokepoint; if it is not free, users cannot trust it not to modify their computers on behalf of the company that wrote it. OurFree BIOScampaign promotes free BIOSes like the recent and fully free fork ofLibreboot. Explore their Web site to learn how to install a free BIOS or get involved in development and testing, and while you're at it, you can alsoread more from the FSFon this topic. The FSF is also pushing for the creation of a laptop with a free BIOS.


The FSFwelcomes volunteersin all of its campaigns. You can keep up withthe most important happenings in our campaigns by following ournews feed,blogs feed, and the#fsf IRC channel.

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