PRISM : latest need to stop using Yahoo?

Ram Selva seeds at
Sat Jun 8 04:22:34 BST 2013

  lot of controlled news on  NSA's PRISM programme and GCHQ's use of it 
to circumvent  local laws might mar the need for Yahoo Groups to be 

Please read:

(Link to the Guardian exposé of the PRISM is in the article that that 
also points out some of the technically far superior  existing and fast 
developing  alternatives)

- Ram

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Free Software Foundation statement on PRISM revelations 
 by John Sullivan  —  Published on  Jun 07, 2013 04:45 PM 
 To protect their freedom and privacy, the FSF urges everyone to contact their representatives, avoid Software as a Service, and donate to support projects working for a better, safer world.
In response to the Guardian report that major Internet companies including Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Google, YouTube, Skype, Yahoo, PalTalk, and AOL, have apparently been providing sensitive user data to the National Security Agency (NSA), FSF executive director John Sullivan made the following statement:

Massive privacy intrusions like this are to be expected when people shift from storing their media locally and using local software, to storing them on other people's servers and using hosted (Web) applications. Giants like Microsoft, Facebook and Google are vulnerable to government requests for user data, and there are better, more secure ways to share information online. Free software projects like GNU MediaGoblin, StatusNet, Diaspora,, Tahoe-LAFS, FreedomBox and SparkleShare are hard at work creating a less centralized world where users retain control over both their media and the software used to access it, while still getting the social and convenience benefits of the giant centralized -- and compromised -- services.

The FSF will continue to follow this story.

For the moment, we encourage people to:
Contact their representatives, if in the US.
Avoid Software as a Service, and instead pursue autonomous and free software solutions.
Donate to support free software projects like the above as well as organizations working on behalf of user freedom and privacy.

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