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[Danish] Stallman til Danmark i Maj 2019!
Apr 7th, 2019 by miki

Rygterne har lydt noget tid, men nu er det officielt at formand for og stifter af Free Software Foundation, den ideologiske ophavsmand til GNU-projektet og højlydt fortaler for softwarebrugeres frihed og privatliv i den digitale verden, Richard Stallman besøger Danmark med en række åbne og gratis foredrag dette forår.

Det er Stallmans dedikerede arbejde med fri software og GNU-projektet fra starten af 1980’erne, herunder udformning af softwarelicenser som GNU GPL og udviklingsværktøjer som GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) og GNU Emacs, der er grundlaget for en stor del af det der i offentligheden i dag bedst kendes som “open source”. Kernen Linux er frigivet under GNU GPL og er både inspireret af og anvender GNU-projektets arbejde direkte, og er en vigtig del af et komplet GNU-system (også kendt som GNU/Linux eller en “Linux-distribution”).

Stallman kommer på en veritabel Danmarksturne med start i Aalborg mandag d. 6. maj 2019 og ender i København fredag d. 10.  maj 2019. Foredragsrækken er arrangeret af innovationsnetværket for IT, InfiniIT, som inkluderer de store IT-universiteter i Danmark.

Den samlede foredragsrække er som følger:

Tidspunkt Lokation Begivenhed hos FSF Begivenhed hos InfinIT Anden omtale
6. maj 2019 16:00 Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg Richard Stallman to speak in Aalborg, Denmark Free Software, Free Society – Richard Stallman og den frie software-bevægelse (AAU)
7. maj 2019 16:00 Syddansk Universitet, Odense Richard Stallman to speak in Odense, Denmark Free Software, Free Society – Richard Stallman og den frie software-bevægelse (SDU)
8. maj 2019 16:00 IT-Universitetet, København Richard Stallman to speak in Copenhagen, Denmark Free Software, Free Society – Richard Stallman og den frie software-bevægelse (ITU)
9. maj 2019 16:00 Lundbeckfond Auditorium, Københavns Biocenter, Københavns Universitet Richard Stallman – “Computing, freedom, and privacy” (Copenhagen, Denmark) Free Software, Free Society – Richard Stallman og den frie software-bevægelse (KU)
10. maj 2019 14:00 Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, København Richard Stallman – “Copyright vs Community” (Copenhagen, Denmark) Free Software, Free Society – Richard Stallman og den frie software-bevægelse (DTU)

Kilder: FSF: Where in the world is Richard Stallman?, InfinIT-arrangementer, IDA-søgning, PROSA-arrangementer

Information om Richard/GNU/FSF

  • gnu.org: GNU-projektet, et softwareprojekt med det formål at udvikle et komplet frit styresystem og værktøjer
  • fsf.org: Free Software Foundation, organisationen bag GNU-projektet og ideologisk tænketank for fri software
  • stallman.org: Richard Stallmans personlige hjemmeside
Stallman in 2012: Denmark supposedly a free country, still valid
Mar 3rd, 2017 by miki

Stumbled upon this slightly dated talk by Richard M. Stallman (aka. RMS) of GNU and FSF fame, in which my home country of Denmark is sadly referenced as only a “supposedly free country”.

Transcript

“But censorship is wrong, of course, whether it is done on the internet or not. We used to think that the internet would protect us from censorship because it was too hard to censor the internet. But thanks to the effort of various companies in the US, The UK, France and so on, it is now possible for governments to censor the internet and also surveil it completely, they just need to put enough effort in. And this is not limited to obvious tyrannies such as China and Iran. We see a lot of supposedly free countries imposing censorship on the internet.

For instance, Denmark several years ago imposed filtering on the internet blocking a secret list of sites. The list was leaked and posted on WikiLeaks. Hooray for WikiLeaks! Whereupon Denmark blocked access to that page too. So everyone else could know what internet users in Denmark were blocked from seeing except those people.”

Sadly since this time it has not gotten any better. Most of the points RMS makes (the whole talk is worth a listen) are still valid and a grave concern from my perspective. The Danish internet (really DNS) blocking system has been broadened and the slippage that was feared has become a reality. Even though this issue has gotten some attention in the IT and rights communities the general public just doesn’t care.

The actual block is technically done through DNS blacklists that Danish ISP are legally required to implement. The list of blocked sites is available from the telecom trade organization “Telekommunikationsindustrien i Danmark” (English: Telecommunication’s Industry Association in Denmark) at teleindu.dk/brancheholdninger/blokeringer-pa-nettet/ and currently has 111 sites (csv) on active block.

As it being DNS based if you are impacted, workarounds do exist. However, my guess is that they will soon be able to actively shut down services physically located in Denmark.

Full talk

(starting at point of above transcript)

 

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