The software mafia pretends that FSF is a casino
Summary: The donations page of the FSF is being blocked by Microsoft, ironically labelled “gambling”
Is the following incident a case of mischievous staff or innocent mistake?
After reading about RMS having his laptop stolen, I clicked the link to donate.fsf.org. I’m at work at the moment, and our IT department uses Microsoft Threat Management Gateway to prevent access to certain types of sites. If you’re not familiar with this software, it’s essentially a proxy that assigns websites to categories and can be configured to block any set of categories. This is the response when connecting to donate.fsf.org:
Network Access Message: Access Denied
[Explanation on who to contact in our company for more info redacted]
The page you are trying to browse to is categorized as “Gambling”
If you believe you are getting this message by mistake, try contacting your administrator or Helpdesk.
Technical Information (for support personnel)
Error Code: 403 Forbidden. Forefront TMG denied the specified Uniform Resource Locator (URL). (12233)
IP Address: [IP Redacted]
Date: 6/14/2012 6:31:39 PM [GMT]
Server: [server name redacted]
The FSF recently lost another valued employee, the licensing and compliance officer (or one who specialises in the GPL). Choking the FSF’s only life supply is rude to say the least. See the comments posted in response to the posting above (there’s more in other sites). █