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Library Freedom Project and Werner Koch are 2015 Free Software Awards winners

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Saturday, March 19, 2016 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) today announced the winners of the 2015 Free
Software Awards at a ceremony held during the LibrePlanet 2016
conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). FSF
president Richard M. Stallman presented the two awards: the Award for
the Advancement of Free Software and the Award for Projects of Social
Benefit.

LibrePlanet free software conference coming to MIT in one week, March 19-20

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, March 11th, 2016 -- In just
one week, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and MIT's Student
Information Processing Board (SIPB) are once again teaming up to bring
the LibrePlanet free software conference to Cambridge, March
19-20, 2016, at the Stata Center at MIT. LibrePlanet is an annual
conference for people who care about their digital freedoms, bringing
together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer
users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and face challenges

ThinkPenguin VPN mini-router now FSF-certified to respect your freedom

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, March 10, 2016 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announces that it has awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the Free Software Wireless-N Mini Router (TPE-R1100) as sold by ThinkPenguin, Inc. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy.

Free Software Foundation submits comment to Copyright Office with over 1200 co-signers calling for end to DMCA anti-circumvention provisions

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 -- On March 3rd, 2016,
the Free Software Foundation (FSF) submitted a comment along with over
1200 co-signers to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to its
*Section 1201 Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment* in regards
to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) anti-circumvention
provisions. These comments were submitted in person by FSF campaigns
manager Zak Rogoff, as the Copyright Office refused to offer a means

Edward Snowden will kick off LibrePlanet 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 -- The
Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that the opening
keynote for LibrePlanet 2016: Fork the System, will be a conversation
with National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden and
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Technologist Daniel Kahn
Gillmor.

Free Software Foundation submits comments to U.S. Department of Education encouraging free licensing for all grant-funded materials

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, December, 18, 2015 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) today submitted a comment to the U.S.
Department of Education in response to the Notice of Proposed Rule
Making (NPRM), Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs.
In addition, the FSF collected and sent comments from the free
software community. These comments were filed via postal mail, as
currently it is impossible to submit comments in digital form for
NPRMs without downloading and running proprietary JavaScript.

Libreboot T400 laptop now FSF-certified to respect your freedom

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, December 11, 2015 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF)
certification to the Libreboot T400 laptop as sold by Minifree. The
RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's
standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and
privacy.

Library of Congress issues limited exemptions to DMCA anti-circumvention provisions but leaves users without full control over their own computing

On October 27th, 2015, the Library of Congress published its list of
exemptions to the DMCA, denying many of the proposed exemptions and
modifying or limiting others. Because of this, users of a wide variety
of software and devices, such as ebook readers and video game
consoles, still do not have the right to control their own computing. Even for the
areas where the exemptions permit users some additional control, they
do not permit sharing of methods for obtaining it, and last only three years.

GNU ethical criteria for code repositories emphasize privacy, freedom, and copyleft

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, October 16th, 2015 -- Today the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project announced the first version of criteria for evaluating services that host free software source code repositories for distribution and collaborative development. Developed with the leadership of Richard Stallman and GNU volunteers, the criteria provide a framework for code repositories to ensure that they respect their users in a manner consonant with the values of the free software movement, and for users to hold these crucial institutions accountable.