08.14.20

DistroTube Does a Richard Stallman

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, Videos at 4:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A video published yesterday in various sites

Reporting Facts is Never a Crime (It Must Not Become That Way)

Posted in Deception at 4:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Everything is terrorism

Summary: The two-party political system in the United States is racing towards bipartisan (transcending perceived ‘wings’) rejection of free press, which won’t be on the ballot box except for “third” parties; it’s a real problem because it’s designed to weaken if not obliterate accountability

THE ad hominem attacks I can cope with; threatening legal letters less so (they’re a nuisance and I’ve lost count of how many I received over the years; they’d be nice ‘trophies’ if they weren’t a massive distraction from the work we do here). Right now, in the US and elsewhere (even here in the UK), the media’s freedom is under attack, and that’s not even counting censorship and self-censorship (by publishers, by social control media, omission from searches because of some “right” for crimes to be “forgotten”). Those who are unaware — or worse, in denial about it — might be victims of tribalism or partisan politics. Remember that Donald Trump and Bill Barr nowadays want to treat opposition to fascism as “terrorism” (while obviously ignoring groups that actually engage in mass shootings). This is where we are today:

We spotted you in antifa protest; I was covering the news

We don’t endorse presidential candidates or anything, but this triplet of tweets from Wikileaks probably merits a mention (or screenshot; we omit links as we prefer to starve social control media):

Wikileaks on Harris

Techrights has long published views and leaks nobody else dared publish; we need freedom of the press to be guarded in order to carry on with the work we’ve done for nearly 14 years. I’m not too optimistic and people that I speak to are more pessimistic than I am. Even in Free software communities discussions about topics outside the purely technical are being strongly discouraged (with severe consequences for any deviation from some perceived “professionalism”). If you do vote this year, and if there’s an election at all in the United States (it’s not entirely clear), try bearing in mind freedom of the press. And no, Biden is no champion of it either. He called Julian Assange — on the record — “high-tech terrorist”. What an awful choice on display, just like in 2016. It’s like freedom of the press principles aren’t even ‘on the menu’ (or ballot box). From what I can gather, the American Green Party is the only party which openly and wholeheartedly supports freedom of the press, including Assange and Wikileaks. In 2019 it wrote: “The Green Party of the United States strongly and unequivocally condemns the arrest of Julian Assange and calls for his immediate release. Assange was expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London this morning and is being held in the United Kingdom for extradition to the United States, where he is very likely to face espionage charges. Assange is the publisher of Wikileaks, which published documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, human rights violations at the Guantanamo Bay prison and State Department cables that showed corporate corruption of US foreign policy.”

IRC Proceedings: Thursday, August 13, 2020

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[Meme] Linux Foundation and ZDNet Openwashing Proprietary Mass Surveillance (for a Fee!)

Posted in Deception at 1:53 am by Guest Editorial Team

Man makes millions from surveillance; you can abuse privacy as much as you want, then pay to call yourself 'open' and 'security'

Summary: The Linux Foundation and ZDNet [1,2] tell us that Facebook is “open” (because it pays for that openwashing); the Foundation’s love of mass surveillance [1, 2, 3, 4] and spin regarding such surveillance is reaching new heights for the Foundation, clearly misusing the “Linux” brand, is rapidly becoming a leading voice for malicious surveillance companies that need openwashing to merely seem or feel “ethical”

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Facebook’s Long History of Open Source Investments Deepens with Platinum-level Linux Foundation Membership

    From its efforts to reshape computing through open source to its aggressive push to increase internet connectivity around the world, Facebook is a leader in open innovation. Perhaps more important today than ever, Facebook’s focus on democratizing access to technology enhances opportunity and scale for individuals and businesses alike. That’s why we’re so excited to announce the company is joining the Linux Foundation at the highest level.

    Facebook’s sponsorship of open innovation through the Linux Foundation will help support the largest shared technology investment in history with an estimated $16B in development costs of the world’s 100+ leading open source projects and supports those project communities through governance, events and education. The company is also already the lead contributor of many Linux Foundation-hosted projects, such as Presto, GraphQL, Osquery and ONNX. It has been an active participant in Linux kernel development, employing key developers and maintainers across major kernel subsystems.

  2. Facebook joins The Linux Foundation as a platinum member

    Most web-based companies are built on Linux and open-source software. Two-billion member social network Facebook is no different. For years, Facebook has not only relied on open-source, it’s been an active contributor to major open-source projects. These include the React JavaScript library; the Open Compute Project, which open sources data-center hardware; and Linux’s cGroup2 container software. Now Facebook is joining The Linux Foundation membership at the Platinum level.

    [...]

    While Facebook has been criticized for how it deals with privacy and politics, it has impeccable open-source credentials. It was already the lead contributor of many Linux Foundation-hosted projects, such as Presto, GraphQL, Osquery, and ONNX. The company also employs many Linux kernel key developers and maintainers.

[Meme] IBM and Its Shakeups (Shaking up of the Earth)

Posted in Deception, IBM at 1:13 am by Guest Editorial Team

Context: IBM and the Bomb: Series Index (on 75th Anniversary of Atomic Bombs Being Dropped on Civilians)

IBM Saves Civilians; just ignore what it did 75 years ago (and still does)

Summary: The Linux Foundation helps IBM seed shallow press coverage [1-6] about how IBM supposedly ‘saves the world from earthquakes’ 75 years after atomic bombs were dropped on Japan (after IBM had helped develop these), causing earthquakes-like effects and deaths of hundreds of thousands of people

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. IBM-backed Grillo open sources earthquake early-warning system through The Linux Foundation

    Earlier today, The Linux Foundation announced it will host a new initiative to accelerate the standardization and deployment of earthquake early-warning (EEW) systems for earthquake preparedness around the world. Created by Grillo with support from IBM, USAID, the Clinton Foundation, and Arrow Electronics, the OpenEEW project includes the core components of the Grillo EEW system composed of integrated capabilities to sense, detect, and analyze earthquakes and to alert communities.

    IBM was originally connected to Grillo through the Clinton Foundation at a convening of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network. Now, IBM is assisting Grillo by adding the OpenEEW earthquake technology into the Call for Code deployment pipeline supported by The Linux Foundation.

    We sat down with Call for Code Chief Technology Officer Daniel Krook and IBM Developer Advocate Pedro Cruz to learn more about OpenEEW.

  2. IBM, Grillo, and the Linux Foundation partner on early earthquake detection systems

    The Linux Foundation — in partnership with IBM and startup Grillo — today announced an initiative called OpenEEW to accelerate the deployment of open source earthquake early warning (EEW) detection systems around the world. The organizations say OpenEEW will incorporate sensing, detection, and analysis components from Grillo’s EEW platform, along with a Docker software version of the detection component that can be deployed to Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud.

    An estimated 3 billion people live with the threat of earthquakes globally. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, in California, there’s a 94% chance that an earthquake will not be just a foreshock. Yet only a few countries — like Mexico, Japan, Turkey, Romania, China, Italy, portions of the U.S., and Taiwan — have EEWs, in part because they can cost upwards of $1 billion.

  3. The Linux Foundation, Grillo and IBM Announce New Earthquake Early-Warning Open Source Project

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced it will host Grillo’s OpenEEW project in collaboration with IBM to accelerate the standardization and deployment of earthquake early-warning systems (EEWs) for earthquake preparedness around the world. The project includes the core components of the Grillo EEW system comprised of integrated capabilities to sense, detect and analyze earthquakes as well as alert communities. OpenEEW was created by Grillo with support from IBM, USAID, the Clinton Foundation and Arrow Electronics.

    Earthquakes often have the most severe consequences in developing countries, due in part to construction and infrastructure issues. Timely alerts have the potential to help save lives in the communities where earthquakes pose the greatest threat. EEW systems provide public alerts in countries including Mexico, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, but nearly three billion people globally live with the threat of an earthquake and don’t have access to nation-wide systems, which can cost upwards of one billion U.S. dollars. OpenEEW wants to help reduce the costs of EEW systems, accelerate their deployments around the world and has the potential to save many lives.

    “The OpenEEW Project represents the very best in technology and in open source,” said Mike Dolan, Senior Vice President and GM of Projects at the Linux Foundation. “We’re pleased to be able to host and support such an important project and community at the Linux Foundation. The open source community can enable rapid development and deployment of these critical systems across the world.”

  4. Linux Foundation, Grillo and IBM Announce Earthquake Early-Warning Open Source Project
  5. IBM, the Linux Foundation, and Grillo unveil global earthquake early-warning system

    Only a handful of countries (Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, and China) have nation-wide earthquake early-warning systems. Isn’t that weird?

    Many other countries have alert systems in place for certain portions of the population but a significant portion of the estimated 2.7 billion people who live in daily risk of experiencing a dangerous earthquake remain uncovered.

  6. Open source takes on earthquake early warning project

    While my little earthquake did no real damage, they can kill thousands of people and destroy billions of dollars of infrastructure. Any early warning can save lives which is why countries like Mexico, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have national earthquake early-warning systems (EWW)s.

    Earthquakes often hit developing countries the worst due in part to their poor construction and infrastructure. 2010′s Haiti earthquake, for instance, killed more than 200,000 people and caused over 10 billion dollars of damage.

    Timely alerts can save lives in the communities where earthquakes pose the greatest threat. EEW systems provide public alerts in some countries. Even a few seconds can make a difference. But, as The Linux Foundation states, “nearly three billion people globally live with the threat of an earthquake and don’t have access to nation-wide systems, which can cost upwards of one billion U.S. dollars.” OpenEEW wants to help reduce these costs, accelerate their deployments around the world, and help save many lives.

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