Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 00:21

Do you live in the mountain west? Come check out OpenWest- a conference held by the Utah Open Source Foundation, a collaboration of volunteers from local user groups. The event is held from July 12th to the 15th in Salt Lake City @ The South Towne Expo Center. There will be talks, an expo, and mini conference for young adults. And of course this will make a great opportunity to come check out what we have to offer. Just stop by our booth. Register now!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 14:13

Come join the revolution at Roger's Campground this summer. The Porcupine Freedom Festival is an annual liberty camping event organized by The Free State Project. This year marks the 14th annual PorcFest.

The Free State Project (FSP) is a political migration of 20,000+ principled libertarians and voluntaryists to the state of New Hampshire for the purpose of pursuing freedom and liberty in our lifetime.

We hope you will join us for the festivities in New Hampshire for the most exciting liberty event of the year!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 13:10

Join us for the first Somalia Fest this summer. Somalia Fest 2017 is a gathering of principled libertarians and voluntaryists who are working together to build a parallel society in New Hampshire following on the heals of parts of the Pirate Party platform within the context of principled libertarian and voluntaryists philosophies.

What is a principled libertarian or voluntaryist? It is a person who objects to the use of force, violence, theft, or threat thereof by individuals, governments, or entities against peaceful people or tangible property for any purpose outside their use in self defense.

The event is about civil rights, direct democracy and participation in government, reform of copyright and patent law, free sharing of knowledge (open content), information privacy, transparency, freedom of information, anti-corruption and Internet neutrality.

Somalia Fest is being held back to back with Porcfest (another more general liberty-oriented event) at Roger's Campground in Lancaster New Hampshire. See follow up blog post for more information on Porcfest.

Book your campsite or cabin today!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:40

Please help reject a proposal to require visa applicants, refugees, or other foreign visitors to provide passwords for online accounts, including social media, in order to enter the United States.

Such a requirement would violate human rights, create digital security risks, and undermine U.S. industry. It would chill the speech and behavior of people around the world.

Log-in access to social media accounts provides intimate information on a person as well as their connections. If you use a social media account to log in to other websites, it may also create a detailed dossier that broadly maps your entire digital life.

The requirement will disproportionately impact low-risk travelers since terrorists and criminals will simply evade these requirements by using different accounts and devices. U.S. citizens will also feel the impact, as other countries will almost certainly follow suit.

Urge Secretary Kelly to protect human rights and reject the collection of passwords for entry into the United States.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:23

We are pleased to announce our attendance for another year at the SouthEast. The event will be held June 9-11 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport in North Carolina. If you are going to be in the south this June check out the event for a bunch of great talks and the expo.

SouthEast in the GNU/SOUTH is an annual GNU/Linux/open source/free software conference. It is a Friday through Sunday weekend event. The event is dedicated to education, discussion, and networking.

Register today!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 19:40

Software developer, math lecturer at Moscow’s Finance and Law University, free software supporter, Debian and GNU projects contributor Dmitry Bogatov needs our help. Dmitry Bogatov has been jailed since April 10, 2017 for a crime he could not have committed. Dmitry Bogatov ran a program to help those in tyrannical regimes evade censorship and protect their privacy. This program ran on his computer and routed other peoples traffic through his own.

The prosecution wrongly believes that Bogatov posted extremist materials on the internet.

He is accused of part 2 of article 205.2 of Russian Criminal code (incitement of terrorist activities or justifying terrorism via the Internet), part 1 of article 30, part 1 of article 212 (arrangement of preparation of mass riots).

According to the case, somebody posted 2 messages on website sysadmins.ru on 29 March. Airat Bashirov accessed his account from 104 different IP addresses located in different countries, including Dmitry Bogatov's IP address.

To substantiate the need of Bogatov's arrest investigator pointed to video showing "mass riots and police disobedience". The only one video posted by Airat Bashirov is a music clip of hip-hop performers Kanye West and Jay-Z "No Church in The Wild".

Need of arrest also was substantiated by the fact that Dmitry planned to visit Italy on 12 April. At that time Italy hosted International Esperanto Youth Festival, which Dmitry planned to visit beforehand with his wife.

Dmitry Bogatov was a operator of Tor exit relay. Tor is a special piece of software which routes Internet traffic over random circuits built from servers located around the world. Exit relays are the last hop in a users circuit, that's why Dmitry Bogatov's IP address appears in the sysadmins.ru logs. Dmitry's relay was last online at the 5th of April 2017.

After Dmitry's arrest, Airat Bashirov continue to post messages. News outlets "Open Russia" and "Mediazona" even got a chance to speak with him. In a comment to the Mediazona he confirmed that he used Tor.

At the time when Bashirov's messages were posted Dmitry was not at home. He went to a fitness club with his wife, after which he visited a product store. That's confirmed by CCTV footage.

For more information and find out how you can help check out https://freebogatov.org/en/

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 22:14

Eric Schultz presented a very important update on the status of the FCC free software operating system ban. A quick overview of the situation is that The FCC has been working to undermine the ability of manufacturers to ship entirely free software on routers and computers that utilize the 5Ghz spectrum. All modern wifi chips are moving to 5Ghz and in order to comply with new FCC rules manufacturers have little choice but to lock down the operating system. Eric Schultz has been actively involved in campaigning against these rules and has represented the community on a board that was to advise the FCC on the variety of issues stemming from some of these new rules and proposed rules. Watch the presentation to find out how President Trump has indirectly undermined these efforts in the process of disbanding what might have otherwise been an unnecessary 'Cyber Security' advisory group.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 00:58

LinuxFest Northwest is the longest running, largest open source conference in the Pacific Northwest. Home to over 80 sessions and 50 exhibitions over two days. Speakers from all areas of tech, and talks covering the full gamut of experience, from newbie to guru will be there.

Come for the code, stay for the people! Northwest has awesome attendees and electrifying parties. Check out the robotics club, the automated home brewing system running on GNU/Linux, or the game room for extra conference fun.

The 2017 event will be held at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, WA on May 6th & 7th. Are you attending? If so stop by our booth and say hi!

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 00:54

LibrePlanet is an annual conference hosted by the Free Software Foundation for people who care about their digital freedoms, bringing together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and address challenges facing the free software movement. LibrePlanet 2017 will feature programming for a wide range of ages and experience levels.

We hope to see you at LibrePlanet 2017, March 25-26 in Cambridge, MA.

Register now to join us at MIT Cambridge, Massachusetts for LibrePlanet 2017 March 25-26!

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 00:52

Are you in Southern California? Here is your chance to check us out in person. We'll be attending the Southern California [GNU]Linux Expo March 2-5, 2017 at the Pasadena Convention Center. We'll be bringing along a sizeable portion of our online catalog and showing off the latest in free software tech. From 100% free mini VPN routers, wifi cards, and computers to privacy enhancing hardware.

As the first-of-the-year [GNU]Linux and Free Software expo in North America, SCALE 15x expects to host more than 100 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials, and special events.

Register now to join us at SCALE 15x