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Author: rsiddharth <s@ricketyspace.net>
Date:   Sun, 12 May 2019 18:34:36 -0400

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diff --git a/md/news/free-digital-society.md b/md/news/free-digital-society.md @@ -0,0 +1,41 @@ +# FSF India's call for a free digital society supported by free software + +It is election time in India. All political parties are finalizing +their election manifestos. Free Software Foundation India (FSF India) +proposes all the political parties to pledge to create policies and +announce their commitment to protect digital freedom at a time when +the social and digital life is increasingly becoming digitized. + +Digital technology in a free society must respect users' +freedom. India will move towards free software -- software that +respects the four essential freedoms: 1. to run the program, 2. study +and change its source code, 3. redistribute unchanged, +and 4. redistribute with changes. + +## India will advance towards digital freedom on six fronts. + + - For digital sovereignty, India will cease installation of non-free + software in government agencies, then over time replace currently + used non-free software with free software. E-governance must use + only free software. + + - For education in freedom, India will have schools teach, + distribute and promote only free software and free textbooks, and + explain the civic reasons. + + - For citizens' digital security, India will make digital products + safe by requiring firmware to be free, and limit digital systems + from amassing and keeping huge collections of personal data. + + - For a free web, India will make the software contained in web + pages respect users' freedom too. + + - For freedom in digital commerce, India will implement a special + kind of digital cash that allows users to pay moderate sums to a + web site anonymously but doesn't let the web site conceal its + income. This will make it feasible to put a stop to commercial + tracking of people's web activities. + + - For freedom of digital expression, India will guarantee that no + web material can be blocked or removed by government without due + process of law.