After a long period of planning, Ubuntu finally releases its new smartphone. That means we have a new device running free software and open source apps. Even if, for now, Ubuntu settled for Ubuntu mobile OS, it’s not far fetched to predict a smartphone running a complete GNU/Linux OS.
The advantages of using free software could be seen in many instances, but the biggest case of what closed systems could lead to, was the NSA leaks, revealed by Edward Snowden. Now, thanks to Snowden’s great contribution, it seems that the internet industry considers the intelligence community an adversary, not a partner and that could bring about some positive changes.
These much expected changes continue to be enforced by new released documents provided by Snowden. This time, Canadian spies infiltrated the internet’s core, gathering huge amounts of information.
On the same page, there is the UK counterpart, GCHQ, that didn’t consider journalists and their sources, when developing the surveillance systems. “I can confirm we didn’t talk about journalists”, said Sir David Omand, a former GCHQ director.
Luckily there are organizations like Privacy International, who had a recent victory against the UK intelligence agency in court, making possible for anyone in the world to find out if GCHQ illegally received information about them from the NSA. “Did GCHQ illegally spy on you?” is their campaign, and you can fill in your name to find out if GCHQ illegally spied on you.
In order to enable freedom, the FreeSoftware community is always a great resource to tap in. This time, Free Software Foundation Europe already started the campaign for the Document Freedom Day. It is the international day to celebrate and raise awareness of Open Standards.