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On Cyber Monday, millions of Americans will take to the Internet in search of the newest gadgets to bestow upon their loved ones. Most of these “gifts” are trojan horses that will spy on their recipients, prevent them from doing what they want with their device, or maybe even block access to their favorite books or music.

Defective by Design (a project of the Free Software Foundation) is proud to introduce a map through this minefield: our 2013 Giving Guide. The Giving Guide features gifts that will not only make your recipients jump for joy; these gifts will also protect their freedom.

Here are some of the gift ideas based on the 2013 Giving Guide:

  • Give DRM-free eBooks that your loved ones can share, and that can’t be remotely removed from their eReaders.
  • Create a memorable family album using MediaGoblin, which allows you to keep your family photos private and will never use DRM to restrict access.
  • Instead of a gift card for iTunes, which uses DRM on everything it sells except music, give a membership to the Free Software Foundation, or make a donation on behalf of a friend to another worthy organization, like the Electronic Frontier Foundation or Creative Commons.

You can give copies of the Giving Guide to friends and family to encourage them to get you gifts that respect your freedom. And as you do your own holiday shopping, think about giving the gift of free software, and the hardware that supports it, to your loved ones.

If you plan to “give freely” this year, shout it from the rooftops! Please share the Giving Guide with your networks on and other social media sites you use (we’re using the hashtag #givefreely).




My little cynical note:

“Cyber Monday”??  What the hell is that?

Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. – Wikipedia

Oh, just another bullshit marketing tool.  Ok, that’s what I thought.  Carry on.  The FSF is worthy of supporting though.


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