January 11, 2018: Former New Hampshire Pharmacist Pleads Guilty for Tampering with Narcotics at Bedford Pharmacy


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Announcing LibrePlanet 2018 keynote speakers


The keynote speakers for the tenth annual LibrePlanet
conference will be anthropologist and author Gabriella Coleman,
free software policy expert and community advocate Deb Nicholson,
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) senior staff technologist
Seth Schoen, and FSF founder and president Richard Stallman.

LibrePlanet is an annual conference for people who care about
their digital freedoms, bringing together software developers,
policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills,
share accomplishments, and tackle challenges facing the free
software movement. The theme of this year’s conference is
Freedom. Embedded. In a society reliant on embedded systems — in
cars, digital watches, traffic lights, and even within our bodies
— how do we defend computer user freedom, protect ourselves
against corporate and government surveillance, and move toward a
freer world? LibrePlanet 2018 will explore these topics in sessions
for all ages and experience levels.

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman is best known in the free software
community for her book Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics
of Hacking
. Trained as an anthropologist, Coleman holds the
Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill
. Her scholarship explores the intersection of the
cultures of hacking and politics, with a focus on the
sociopolitical implications of the free software movement and the
digital protest ensemble Anonymous, the latter in her book
Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of

Deb Nicholson is a free software policy expert and a passionate
community advocate, notably contributing to GNU MediaGoblin
and OpenHatch. She is the Community Outreach Director for
the Open Invention Network, the world’s largest patent
non-aggression community, which serves the kernel Linux, GNU,
Android, and other key free software projects. A perennial
speaker at LibrePlanet, this is Nicholson’s first keynote at the

“They are all too modest to say it, but these speakers will blow
your mind,” said FSF executive director John Sullivan. “Don’t
miss this opportunity to hear about how technology controls our
core freedoms, how people are working together in communities to
build software that truly empowers, and how you can both benefit
from and contribute to these efforts.”

Seth David Schoen has worked at the EFF for over a decade,
creating the Staff Technologist position and helping other
technologists understand the civil liberties implications of
their work, helping EFF staff better understand technology
related to EFF’s legal work, and helping the public understand
what the products they use really do. Schoen last spoke at
LibrePlanet in 2015, when he introduced Let’s Encrypt, the
automated, free software-based certificate authority.

FSF president Richard Stallman will present the Free
Software Awards
, and discuss pressing threats and important
opportunities for software freedom. Dr. Richard Stallman launched
the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of
the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free
software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute
it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the
GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of
millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace
Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic
Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for
Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris
causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

About LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is the annual conference of the Free Software
Foundation. Begun as a modest gathering of FSF members, the
conference now is a large, vibrant gathering of free software
enthusiasts, welcoming anyone interested in software freedom and
digital rights. Registration is now open, and admission is
gratis for FSF members and students.

For the fifth year in a row, LibrePlanet will be held at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, on March 24th and 25th, 2017. Co-presented by the
Free Software Foundation and MIT’s Student Information Processing
Board (SIPB), the rest of the LibrePlanet program will be
announced soon. The opening keynote at LibrePlanet 2017 was given
by Kade Crockford, Director of the Technology for Liberty Program
at the ACLU of Massachusetts, and the closing keynote was given
by Sumana Harihareswara, founder of Changeset Consulting.

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. Donations to support the FSF’s work can be made at
https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA,

More information about the FSF, as well as important information
for journalists and publishers, is at

Media Contact

Georgia Young
Program Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942

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Report: Crypto-mining malware infections exploded in December


Security firm Check Point reports that malware that covertly mines cryptocurrency infected 55% of businesses in December, climbing to the top of its most wanted malware list.

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