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Virtual Meeting Topic for meeting on 8/4

PLUG - Tue, 2021/04/06 - 17:29

Ben Cotton: Fedora and Future of Operating Systems

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Description
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Operating systems are not boring, but they’re no longer the end of the Linux development pipeline. As interest shifts up the stack to containers and other abstraction technologies, what are operating system makers to do? This talk describes how the Fedora Project views the future of the Linux distribution, why it’s still relevant, and how we’re going to get there. The operating system may not get the attention it used to, but it still plays an important role in providing the foundation that modern applications are built on.

About Ben:
Ben is a meteorologist by training, but weather makes a great hobby. Ben works as the Fedora Program Manager at Red Hat. He is a member of the Open Source Initiative and a supporter of Software Freedom Conservancy. Ben is an Opensource.com Correspondent Emeritus and an Open Organization Ambassador. Find him on Twitter (@FunnelFiasco) or at FunnelFiasco.com.

Topic for the March Virtual Meeting

PLUG - Wed, 2021/03/10 - 10:30
Dawn E. Collett: The Privacy Tax: How tracking and hacking affect
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Description:
Surveillance is everywhere. From CCTV cameras on the streets to cookies that track users around the web as they browse, the vast majority of human activity is monitored in some form. The burden of being watched disproportionately falls on marginalised groups, and people with disabilities are no exception in this regard. If your medical records contain sensitive information that you've discussed with your doctor to get appropriate treatment, information security suddenly becomes far more important to you. And if your only method of communication is connected to the Internet 24/7, and thus vulnerable to hackers, true privacy is a great deal harder to achieve.

In this talk, we'll examine how data-driven systems view disability, and look at how accessible technology can be exploited to reveal information about its users. We'll break down ways that disabled people can - and do - avoid tracking and hacking, and find out why paying a 'privacy tax' isn't always feasible for everyone. Finally, we'll discuss open-source software that's already reducing the impact of surveillance and security risks on people with disabilities, and examine what technologists can do to make the privacy tax less necessary.


Biography:
Dawn is a DevOps/Site Reliability Engineer who started out as a freelance developer, and realised that learning about infrastructure and release systems would save time and money for everyone involved.
As well as accidental accessibility advocacy, Dawn is on the organising team for the Melbourne AWS Programming and Tools meetup, and can regularly be found sharing knowledge within the Melbourne cloud infrastructure and DevOps communities.
Outside work, Dawn is an occasional author and kitchen alchemist.

0x6C: Even More DMCA Exemption Requests!

FAIF - Tue, 2021/03/09 - 11:42

Karen and Bradley discuss two other DMCA exemptions filed by Software Freedom Conservancy during the 2020/2021 Triennial Rulemaking Process at the copyright office: one for wireless router firmwares and one for privacy research.

Show Notes: Segment 0 (00:39) Segment 1 (06:30) Segment 2 (29:10)
Categories: Free Software

0x6B: GPL Enforcement Investigation DMCA Exemption Request

FAIF - Thu, 2021/01/14 - 11:00

Software Freedom Conservancy filed multiple exemptions in the USA Copyright Office Triennial Rulemaking Process under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In this episode, Karen and Bradley explore the details of Conservancy's filing to request permission to circumvent technological restriction measures in order to investigate infringement of other people's copyright, which is a necessary part of investigations of alleged violations of the GPL and other copyleft licenses.

Show Notes: Segment 0 (00:39)
  • Bradley claims that you'll now love the audcast more than ever (02:51)
  • Conservancy filed many exemptions as part of the currently ongoing triennial DMCA Process. (02:50)
Segment 1 (04:22) Segment 2 (28:07) Segment 3 (34:36)

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