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[News] Huffington Post Promotes Free (Libre) Software, Pressures Government

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Obama and Free Software

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| While free software was once considered by some as a fringe movement, it is 
| now mainstream. Fortune 500 companies are embracing free software programs 
| like R to analyse data. Linux, Apache, MySql and PhP (LAMP) servers power 
| much of the Internet. Many cell phones, Kindle 2, and other devices run 
| Linux. There is enormous interest in the development of every aspect of free 
| software tools and applications. Some of the most profitable software 
| companies today are those that are providing services over free software 
| platforms. Free software also is important for empowering and protecting 
| other social movements that routinely rely upon free software for a wide 
| range of services.         


They not only say "Free Software", but they also recommend Free Software


Obama Administration Claims Copyright Treaty Involves State Secrets?!?

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| When the Obama administration took over, there was a public stance that this
| administration was going to be more transparent -- especially with regards to
| things like Freedom of Information Act requests. The nonprofit group
| Knowledge Ecology International took that to heart and filed an FOIA request
| to get more info on ACTA. The US Trade Representative's Office responded
| denying the request, saying that the information was "classified in the
| interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958." This is a
| treaty about changing copyright law, not sending missiles somewhere. To claim
| that it's a national security matter is just downright scary. As KEI points
| out, the text of the documents requested have been available to tons of
| people, including more than 30 governments around the world and lobbyists
| from the entertainment industry, pharma industry and publishing industry.

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