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* Women's Caucus internship opportunity
* LibrePlanet 2010: Eben Moglen on the current state of free software
* Australian petition needs signatures against software patents
* Recommendations to increase women participation in free software
* Defending against laws which threaten user freedom
* GNU social alpha release
* Reject UltraViolet DRM
* GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule and other FSF events
* Take action with the FSF!

## Women's Caucus internship opportunity

The Women's Caucus is seeking an intern to assist with its work to
increase the number of women involved in free software. This is a
12-week position for the fall, with some flexibility on the start and
end times.

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## LibrePlanet 2010: Eben Moglen on the current state of free software

At this year's LibrePlanet conference hosted by the Free Software
Foundation, Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center gave a
keynote speech on the current state of free software and the free
software movement. The video of this speech is now online.

In his speech, Eben praises the successes of the free software
community and draws attention to some of the challenges that we
currently face and will face in the near future.

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## Australian petition needs signatures against software patents

The Australian Software Freedom Labs has published a petition
against software patents for Australians to sign. For non-
Australian people, please encourage your Australian contacts
to sign it.

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## Recommendations to increase women's participation in free software

The Women's Caucus has published practical recommendations to increase
women's participation in the free software community. These
recommendations include adopting strategies for overcoming women's
participation obstacles, adopting strategies for projects to invite
women and using a mailing list to notify women about speaking
opportunities in free software events.

The Women's Caucus is working to develop practical policies and
suggestions for the FSF and the free software community at large.

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## Defending against laws which threaten user freedom

The FSF has published some ways you can help defend against laws that
impose tough restrictions on computer users, such as ACTA in the
United States and the Digital Economy Act in the United Kingdom.

These laws are meant to spread Digital Restrictions Management (DRM)
and punish people who share by disconnecting them from the Internet.

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## GNU social updates

GNU social has made great progress during the last few weeks --
version alpha 0.1 ("Ritter") was announced and made it finally
possible to try out GNU social, and run your own site.

To celebrate the release of GNU social's alpha, buttons are now
available to help raise funds for the project.

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## Reject UltraViolet DRM

Copyright industry companies are making a big step towards enforcing
DRM over users. UltraViolet is a new, large DRM scheme that will keep
files on "the cloud", far away from users' control.

The Defective By Design campaign has prepared buttons to be used on
websites and blogs to warn other users, in addition to a "take an
action" tip.

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## GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

The recent GNU software releases:

autoconf-2.66           icecat-3.6.7            rush-1.7
autogen-5.11            idutils-4.5             scm-5e7
clisp-2.49              jacal-1c2               sipwitch-0.8.4
denemo-0.8.18           kawa-1.10               slib-3b3
dico-2.1                libextractor-0.6.2      smalltalk-3.2.1
freeipmi-0.8.8          libmicrohttpd-0.9.0     solfege-3.16.4
gama-1.10               make-3.82               source-highlight-3.1.4
global-5.9.1            mcron-1.0.6             ucommon-3.2.1
gnunet-0.9.0pre1        motti-3.0.0             wb-2b1
gnupg-2.0,16            mpfr-3.0.0              xorriso-0.6.0
gnutls-2.10.1           ocrad-0.20              zile-2.3.18
gv-3.7.1                parallel-20100722       autoconf-archive-2010.07.06

To get announcements of most new GNU packages, subscribe to the info-gnu
mailing list: <>.  Nearly
all GNU software is available from <>, or
preferably one of its mirrors (<>).  You
can use the url <> to be automatically
redirected to a (hopefully) nearby and up-to-date mirror.

This month we welcome Joel Jose as the new maintainer of GNU gnatsweb,
and Sebastien Diaz as the new maintainer of GNU rpge (adding to his
other packages).

Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers and other assistance.
Please see <> if you'd
like to help.  The general page on how to help GNU is at
<>.  To submit new packages to GNU, see

As always, please feel free to write to me, <>, with any
GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.

## Richard Stallman's speaking schedule

2010-08-04 | The Danger of Software Patents
 Beijing, China

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### Take action with the FSF

Contributions from thousands of individual members enable the FSF's
work. You can contribute by joining at <>. If
you're already a member, you can help refer new members (and earn some
rewards) by adding a line with your member number to your email
signature like:

 I'm an FSF member -- Help us support software freedom!

The FSF is also always looking for volunteers

>). From rabble-rousing to hacking, from
issue coordination to envelope stuffing -- there's something here for
everybody to do. Also, head over to our campaign section
(<>) and take action on software patents,
DRM, free software adoption, OpenDocument, RIAA and more.

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