[FSFE PR][DE] Open Letter to Prime Minister Erdogan: Invest your $5b in digital freedom

Henry Jensen hjensen at gmx.de
Fr Jun 21 08:52:25 UTC 2013


bin ich der einzige, der meint, dass diese PM/Offene Brief zur Unzeit
kommt? Nichts für ungut, aber in der Türkei werden Menschen von der
Polizei gejagt, verletzt und getötet, weil sie das Recht auf freie
Meinungsäußerung wahrnehmen. 

In diesem Zusammenhang einen offenen Brief ausgerechnet an Erdogan zu
schreiben finde ich daneben. Da kann man ja gleich Kim Jong-un
anschreiben und ihm zu "Red Star" GNU/Linux gratulieren.

Sachlich ist die Aufforderung das Geld in freie Software zu stecken ja
richtig, aber politisch eine Instinktlosigkeit. Gut möglich, dass es
sich die FSFE dadurch mit einigen aus der Protestbewegung (viele junge,
IT-affine Leute) verscherzt.

Wenn schon eine PM mit Bezug auf freie Software, dann wäre m. E. ein
offener Brief an die demokratische Protestbewegung besser gewesen.
Inhalt könnte gewesen sein, angesichts der kommenden Zensur von
sozialen Medien[1] auf freie Software, freie Protokolle und
Verschlüsselung zu setzen.




On Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:54:49 +0200
Free Software Foundation Europe <press at fsfeurope.org> wrote:

> = Open Letter to Prime Minister Erdoğan: Invest your $5b in digital
> freedom =
>    [Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/2013/news-20130620-01.en.html ]
> In recent weeks, political events [1] in Istanbul have been the focus of
> international media. Important discussions are taking place about
> Turkey's government and her people. Several have lost their lives in the
> process.
> Days before the protests in Taksim Square erupted, President Erdoğan was
> in America. On behalf of an ambitious education investment project
> called FATIH [2], he toured Silicon Valley as the guest of America's
> largest technology companies, each of whom are hoping to land a contract
> for more than 10 million new tablet computers.
> As the safety and freedom on the street of Turkey's activists is hotly
> debated in the press, the safety and freedom of her children to learn
> has understandably received much less attention. Whether it is publicly
> discussed or not however, $5 billion will soon be spent on education,
> and it's impact on the rights of the next generation of Turkey's
> students will be immense.
> FSFE's Education Team [3] is dedicated to empowering students via Free
> Software. If you think that humans deserve rights over the technology
> they use, you can add your name to our list of supporters [4] .
> == The letter ==
> Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,
> Recently you visited America [5] to discuss the acquisition of 10.6
> million tablets from leading technology companies for students, on
> behalf of Turkey's project FATIH [2].
> We urge you to take alternative products into consideration, and
> consider the impact of the software those tablets use.
> Google, Apple, and Microsoft, who hosted you, all tie their tablets to
> software which would prevent Turkish children from studying and
> customising it. The companies you spoke to enforce strict proprietary
> licensing which would ensure that schools could only lease their ability
> to use applications, not own them or rights to them.
> Free Software [6], contrastingly, protects students' rights to use,
> study, share, and improve it. In an educational context these rights can
> make the difference between consumers and creators. Without these
> freedoms, the 17 million students affected by your plan cannot
> experiment or develop the understanding necessary to lead digital
> economies in future.
> Software support and maintenance is expensive, and proprietary software
> exacerbates these costs by restricting who can provide you with
> services. By using Free Software, Turkish schools would lose their
> dependency on a single vendor, and competition for service contracts
> could be more local, and more competitive.
> Finally, for better security of both schools and students, Free Software
> makes its code available, providing evidence of how it functions. This
> week's revelations surrounding British Government spying on Turkish
> politicians [7] at the G20 summit highlight the importance of software
> security and privacy. Educational computers should not provide
> back-doors [8] for foreign Governments and companies.
> Apple [9], Google [10] and Microsoft [11] all embrace Free Software
> themselves, and use it internally. Making the step towards Free Software
> tablets is important however, and several global manufacturers and
> distributors offer Free Software devices for sale. Will the freedom of
> Turkey's citizens be considered in your forthcoming decision to purchase
> tablets?
> Please send us your answer, and do not hesitate to contact us should you
> have further questions about the contents of this letter.
> Yours Sincerely,
> Sam Tuke
> The Free Software Foundation Europe e.V.
>   1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_protests_in_Turkey
>   2. http://fatihproject.com/
>   3. https://fsfe.org/activities/education/education.html
>   4. https://fsfe.org/support/support.html
>   5.
> http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/05/20/country.seeks.bids.on.106.million.tablets.for.students/
>   6. https://fsfe.org/about/basics/freesoftware.html
>   7.
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/17/turkey-russia-g20-spying-gchq
>   8.
> http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-14/u-s-agencies-said-to-swap-data-with-thousands-of-firms.html
>   9.
> http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/29/the-state-of-linux-how-even-apple-is-going-open-source/
>  10. https://developers.google.com/open-source/
>  11. http://msopentech.com/
> == About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==
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>   involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
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