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Founded in 2006, this Web site represents more than just a message; it serves a community and a growing movement. Having attracted over a billion hits, Techrights is now an internationally-recognised platform for advocacy of digital rights and personal privileges. Activism here is both positive and negative, as Techrights often criticises companies and organisations that harm society. The site was best known for Boycott Novell until 2010. The goal here is to maximise freedom, reduce surveillance, and generally promote the sharing of knowledge, which in turn requires transparent systems, lenient licensing terms, no censorship, and active collaboration among parties.

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Your Freedom and Privacy

Historically, this site and its sister sites focused on promoting software freedom, putting aside (for the most part) the impact of software on privacy. The notion that software freedom is closely connected to privacy became mainstream around 2012. Canonical, for example, started infringing the privacy of Ubuntu users, whereupon the EFF and FSF became vocally involved, strongly opposing Canonical's stance.

Software freedom in its own right does not guarantee privacy. It does, however, allow us to see where and how privacy gets violated. It also allows us to modify the software to overcome these issues.

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