[LINK] Tor Project wins Annual FSF Award

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Tue Mar 29 22:41:28 AEDT 2011


Free Software Awards announced
 
by John Sullivan March 22, 2011 
<http://www.fsf.org/news/2010-free-software-awards-announced>

 
BOSTON. Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman announced
the winners of the FSF's Free Software Awards at the (annual) ceremony.

Two awards were given: the Award for the Advancement of Free Software, 
and, the Award for Projects of Social Benefit. (snip)

The 'Award for Projects of Social Benefit' recognizes a project that 
intentionally and significantly benefits society, through collaboration, 
to accomplish an important social task.

This year, the award went to the Tor Project: <https://www.torproject.org>

Using free software, Tor has enabled 36 million people around the world 
to experience freedom of access and expression on the Internet while 
keeping them in control of their privacy and anonymity.

Tor joins an impressive list of previous winners:

•2009 Internet Archive
•2008 Creative Commons
•2007 Groklaw
•2006 Sahana Disaster Management System
•2005 Wikipedia

"Why Anonymity Matters"

Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed 
network of relays all around the world: it prevents somebody watching 
your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it 
prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. 

Tor works with many of your existing applications, including web 
browsers, instant messaging clients, remote login, and other applications 
based on the TCP protocol.

* Tor prevents anyone from learning your location, or browsing habits.

* Tor is for web browsers, instant messaging clients, remote logins, etc

* Tor is free and open source for Windows, Mac, Linux/Unix, and Android

The latest torbutton alpha works with Firefox 4 final:
https://www.torproject.org/torbutton/releases/torbutton-1.3.2-alpha.xpi


About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting 
computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute 
computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as 
in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its 
GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF 
also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of 
freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and 
gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux

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Cheers,
Stephen



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