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Free Software Foundation stresses necessity of full user control over Internet-connected devices

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the integration of Internet
technology into a wider range of home devices than previously envisaged
by most users. Early adopters of IoT may now have homes with
Internet-connected lightbulbs, alarm systems, baby monitors and even
coffee machines. Internet integration allows owners to have greater
flexibility over their devices, making it possible to turn on their air
conditioning as they leave work to cool the house before they return, to

Web DRM standard moves to next phase of development, FSF's Defective by Design campaign to continue opposition

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Wednesday, July 6, 2016 — Despite
dedicated resistance by tens of thousands of Web users and civil
society groups, Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee allowed Encrypted Media
Extensions (EME) to move to the next phase of development within the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) yesterday.

LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer now FSF-certified to respect your freedom

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, June 10, 2016 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF)
certification to the TAZ 6, the sixth model in the LulzBot TAZ line of
3D printers by Aleph Objects, Inc., and their 10th product to be
awarded RYF certification. The RYF certification mark means that the
product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control
over the product, and privacy.

Hundreds explore ways to Fork the System with free software at LibrePlanet 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, USA -- Wednesday, March 23, 2016 -- The 2016 LibrePlanet free software conference drew nearly 350 activists from around the world to discuss issues of freedom, privacy, and security in computing. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and ACLU technologist Daniel Kahn Gillmor discussed "The last lighthouse: free software in dark times" in an opening keynote before a brimming audience at MIT's Stata Center, with hundreds of remote participants tuning in online.

GNU releases ethical evaluations of code-hosting services

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Monday, April 25th, 2016 -- Today the
Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project announced
evaluations of several major repository-hosting services according to
the standards of the GNU Ethical Criteria for Code Repositories.
Released in 2015, these criteria grade code-hosting services for their
commitment to user privacy and freedom. At the time of publication,
Savannah and GitLab have met or surpassed the baseline standards of
the criteria.