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Free Geek Vision Statement Draft (October 3rd, 2013)

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: This is a draft of the Free Geek vision statement. In it it details that their funding is mostly driven by sales at their thrift store. As a part of diversifying income, they

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Free Geek Vision Statement Draft (October 3rd, 2013)

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Free Software Foundation joins thousands in Washington, D.C.

Image Source: Free Software Foundation Notes: The Free Software Foundation handed out leaflets listing easy steps everyone can take to protect their privacy by using freedom respecting software, and holding signs reading privacy is impossible without free software. It’s impossible

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Free Software Foundation joins thousands in Washington, D.C.

Image Source: Free Software Foundation Notes: The Free Software Foundation handed out leaflets listing easy steps everyone can take to protect their privacy by using freedom respecting software, and holding signs reading privacy is impossible without free software. It’s impossible

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S.350 & H.R.708: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2013

S.350 Full Text (PDF) | Source H.R. 708 Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: U.S.C Title 17 § 105 states that copyright for works by the United States Government is not available and is public domain. These identical bills help

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S.350 & H.R.708: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2013

S.350 Full Text (PDF) | Source H.R. 708 Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: U.S.C Title 17 § 105 states that copyright for works by the United States Government is not available and is public domain. These identical bills help

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Innovation Act of 2013

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Innovation Act of 2013

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Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013

Notes: This proposed bill has passed the Senate and the process is waiting on a similar House bill, as of September 26th. The House in the last week has been discussing about other issues such as Wild Fires, Unemployment and

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Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013

Notes: This proposed bill has passed the Senate and the process is waiting on a similar House bill, as of September 26th. The House in the last week has been discussing about other issues such as Wild Fires, Unemployment and

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ICE / RFC 5245 : Peer to Peer Behind Firewalls and without Relay

Download Full Spec. (PDF) | Source Notes: This is how programs such as Linphone are able to establish a peer-to-peer connection even though each party is without a static IP address or a domain name and behind firewalls. However, it

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ICE / RFC 5245 : Peer to Peer Behind Firewalls and without Relay

Download Full Spec. (PDF) | Source Notes: This is how programs such as Linphone are able to establish a peer-to-peer connection even though each party is without a static IP address or a domain name and behind firewalls. However, it

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S. 1431: Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act

Download Full Text (PDF) | Download All Formats (ZIP) | Source Summary: This bill extends the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998, that prohibits taxing the Internet, it does not exempt existing sales taxes.

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S. 1431: Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act

Download Full Text (PDF) | Download All Formats (ZIP) | Source Summary: This bill extends the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998, that prohibits taxing the Internet, it does not exempt existing sales taxes.

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Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 Became Law on August 12th, 2013

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Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 Became Law on August 12th, 2013

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H.R. 2972: Heat is Power Act

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Summary: This bill aims to give tax credits for electricity generated from excess heat, and has been introduced for the last three years. It applies to heat resources such as; exhaust heat from an

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H.R. 2972: Heat is Power Act

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Summary: This bill aims to give tax credits for electricity generated from excess heat, and has been introduced for the last three years. It applies to heat resources such as; exhaust heat from an

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Solar Farms Tax Credit for Communities / S.1225 – Solar Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Act of 2013

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source | Status Notes: This bill looks to provide tax credits for people whom don’t have the space available on their own property, but could buy into a shared ownership project for local communities. This

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Solar Farms Tax Credit for Communities / S.1225 – Solar Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Act of 2013

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source | Status Notes: This bill looks to provide tax credits for people whom don’t have the space available on their own property, but could buy into a shared ownership project for local communities. This

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2006 California SB 1, Solar Initiative

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Summary: This bill authorized the solar initiative in California that gives incentives for solar installation, the levels of incentives would decline each year following implementation of the California Solar Initiative and ending on December

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2006 California SB 1, Solar Initiative

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Summary: This bill authorized the solar initiative in California that gives incentives for solar installation, the levels of incentives would decline each year following implementation of the California Solar Initiative and ending on December

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Representative Rush Holt of New Jersey Introduces the Surveillance State Repeal Act

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Summary of the Surveillance State Repeal Act ( directly via Rush Holt ): The Surveillance State Repeal Act would: Repeal the PATRIOT Act (which contains the telephone metadata harvesting provision). Repeal the FISA Amendments

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Representative Rush Holt of New Jersey Introduces the Surveillance State Repeal Act

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Summary of the Surveillance State Repeal Act ( directly via Rush Holt ): The Surveillance State Repeal Act would: Repeal the PATRIOT Act (which contains the telephone metadata harvesting provision). Repeal the FISA Amendments

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Representative Amash of Michigan Offers Amendment to End NSA Blanket Collection of Records

Downloaid Full Text (PDF) | Source Update: Votes (205/217) Summary (from rules.house.gov): Ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect

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Representative Amash of Michigan Offers Amendment to End NSA Blanket Collection of Records

Downloaid Full Text (PDF) | Source Update: Votes (205/217) Summary (from rules.house.gov): Ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect

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FSF Files Complaint Against the NSA, DOJ and FBI

Notes: The Free Software Foundation has just launched a new campaign, Protect Yourself From Government Surviellence. Several groups, including the Free Software Foundation, have filed a complaint for Director of NSA, Keith B. Alexander; Department of Justice Attourney General, Eric

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FSF Files Complaint Against the NSA, DOJ and FBI

Notes: The Free Software Foundation has just launched a new campaign, Protect Yourself From Government Surviellence. Several groups, including the Free Software Foundation, have filed a complaint for Director of NSA, Keith B. Alexander; Department of Justice Attourney General, Eric

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NSA Security-Enhanced Linux

What does Security-enhanced Linux give me that standard Linux can’t? The Security-enhanced Linux kernel enforces mandatory access control policies that confine user programs and system servers to the minimum amount of privilege they require to do their jobs. When confined

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NSA Security-Enhanced Linux

What does Security-enhanced Linux give me that standard Linux can’t? The Security-enhanced Linux kernel enforces mandatory access control policies that confine user programs and system servers to the minimum amount of privilege they require to do their jobs. When confined

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Gibberbot

Screenshot of Encryption Settings in Gibberbot for Android

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Gibberbot

Screenshot of Encryption Settings in Gibberbot for Android

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Linphone

Screenshot of the Network Settings of Linphone on Android | Linephone.org

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Linphone

Screenshot of the Network Settings of Linphone on Android | Linephone.org

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Wyden and Lofgren Introduce Aaron’s Law to Reform the CFAA

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: Aaron’s Law further articulates that a violation of a Terms of Service shouldn’t be considered Wire Fraud, however no place in the law does it state that a Terms of Service violation can

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Wyden and Lofgren Introduce Aaron’s Law to Reform the CFAA

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: Aaron’s Law further articulates that a violation of a Terms of Service shouldn’t be considered Wire Fraud, however no place in the law does it state that a Terms of Service violation can

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26 Senators Seek Answers from Director of National Intelligence

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: This letter, cosigned by 26 Senators, asks the Director of National Intelligence who, employee status, has access access to bulk phone data collected by the NSA, among other questions.

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26 Senators Seek Answers from Director of National Intelligence

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: This letter, cosigned by 26 Senators, asks the Director of National Intelligence who, employee status, has access access to bulk phone data collected by the NSA, among other questions.

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Restore Our Privacy Act of 2013

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: This bill makes amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861)  that was amended in 2008, and which is mentioned in the artwork Operation Privacy Invasion. There has been critique of these laws stating that

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Restore Our Privacy Act of 2013

Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: This bill makes amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861)  that was amended in 2008, and which is mentioned in the artwork Operation Privacy Invasion. There has been critique of these laws stating that

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Securing Competition and Innovation Dynamics in the Software Sector – Effectively Limiting the Granting of Patents on Computer Programs

 Files: Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: Many patent reform proposals to ban software patents include keeping patents for software that is non-general purpose. This German Bundestag proposal calls upon the German government to keep patents for computer programs that

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Securing Competition and Innovation Dynamics in the Software Sector – Effectively Limiting the Granting of Patents on Computer Programs

 Files: Download Full Text (PDF) | Source Notes: Many patent reform proposals to ban software patents include keeping patents for software that is non-general purpose. This German Bundestag proposal calls upon the German government to keep patents for computer programs that

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Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013

Notes: This bill passed the House with 96% consensus on April 16th, it authorizes the National Science Foundation $119 million to award grants for each of the following three years of 2014, 2015, and 2016 as defined in the Cyber Security

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Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013

Notes: This bill passed the House with 96% consensus on April 16th, it authorizes the National Science Foundation $119 million to award grants for each of the following three years of 2014, 2015, and 2016 as defined in the Cyber Security

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Cyber Security Research and Development Act

Notes: This bill became public law in 2002, 15 U.S.C 7403, and permitted the director of National Science Foundation to award $60,000,000 (in 2007) worth of grants for basic research on innovative approaches to the structure of computer and network

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Cyber Security Research and Development Act

Notes: This bill became public law in 2002, 15 U.S.C 7403, and permitted the director of National Science Foundation to award $60,000,000 (in 2007) worth of grants for basic research on innovative approaches to the structure of computer and network

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End Anonymous Patents Act

Notes: This bill was introduced on May 15th to make it more difficult to use shell companies to litigate with patents. This bill has the Director of the PTO prescribe by regulation the form and manner in which ownership disclosures

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End Anonymous Patents Act

Notes: This bill was introduced on May 15th to make it more difficult to use shell companies to litigate with patents. This bill has the Director of the PTO prescribe by regulation the form and manner in which ownership disclosures

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To affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance.

Notes: This bill passed the House with complete concensus on May 14th, and affirms that it is the policy of the United States to preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet, and includes mostly Congressional findings.

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To affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance.

Notes: This bill passed the House with complete concensus on May 14th, and affirms that it is the policy of the United States to preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet, and includes mostly Congressional findings.

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Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013: Only 3% of the 80,000 dams in the United States generate electricity

Notes: This bill passed the House on February 13th, 2013 with complete concensus. It finds that only 3% of the 80,000 dams in the United States generate electricity, and in section 6 has the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission investigate the feasibility

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Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013: Only 3% of the 80,000 dams in the United States generate electricity

Notes: This bill passed the House on February 13th, 2013 with complete concensus. It finds that only 3% of the 80,000 dams in the United States generate electricity, and in section 6 has the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission investigate the feasibility

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Print & Mail: Response to White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues

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Print & Mail: Response to White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues

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White House Patent Report: Patent Assertion and U.S. Innovation

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White House Patent Report: Patent Assertion and U.S. Innovation

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Proposed Patent Legislation

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Proposed Patent Legislation

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NSA Developed a Free Software Database called Accumulo

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NSA Developed a Free Software Database called Accumulo

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