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+# 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.