[PLUG-TALK] Free media-sharing system picking up steam (fwd)

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Sat Oct 13 06:59:38 PDT 2012


   Passing this along as the FSF askes that we spread the word about
MediaGoblin's development.

Rich

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Who hasn't gotten excited about a new Internet service, only to discover
that it falls short on free software values?

The Web is full of services for posting, sharing and commenting on media,
but most of them require you to run nonfree software or share your data with
third parties on their terms. It seems like these problems are just getting
worse, with more and more of our media and personal information hoarded in
the hard drives of a few giant corporations, and previous uses of nonfree
Flash being replaced with nonfree JavaScript. Determined to find a better
way, FSF member Chris Webber started the GNU MediaGoblin project. He's
leading a community team to write a next-generation social web system where
users will share their experiences through photos, videos and audio, all
without running proprietary software or centralizing personal data in the
hands of a corporation.

Right now MediaGoblin is partially developed, but the team needs financial
support so that they can quit their day jobs for a year and perfect
MediaGoblin's features to a professional level. The FSF believes their
project is important to the future of the Internet and free software, so
we're partnering with them to launch a crowdfunding campaign, complete with
creative prizes for donors (give $350, and Chris will make you a 3D-print of
Gavroche the goblin, the project's cute mascot).

Can you help us out by spreading the word about MediaGoblin, and, ideally,
pitching in some cash? You can donate here:

   * <http://mediagoblin.org/pages/campaign.html>

You can read our blog post and press release about MediaGoblin, why it's so
awesome, and why it needs our help at:

   * <http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/gnu-mediagoblin-offers-what-youve-been-missing-in-an-internet-media-sharing-system>
   * <http://www.fsf.org/news/fsf-rallies-support-for-gnu-mediagoblin-to-make-media-publishing-free-as-in-freedom>

Help get the word out:

   * Upvote the FSF's MediaGoblin thread on reddit! --
     <http://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/11dhmn/an_online_mediasharing_system_that_respects_your/>

   * Upvote other reddit threads (who know which will make it big?) --
     <http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/search?q=mediagoblin&sort=hot>

   * Please don't make an account on our behalf, but if you're already
     stuck in YouTube land, try spreading the word from the inside --
     <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmlxATwyklc>

---> Enough links! I want to donate! ($100 gets you a spiffy
      MediaGoblin tshirt, but even $5 helps) --
      <http://mediagoblin.org/pages/campaign.html>

MediaGoblin's goal is to raise $60,000. With that modest amount, Chris
thinks MediaGoblin can be ready to use in a year. We'll continue to
follow its development after the fundraising effort, and we'll keep
you all posted. If this works, then a year from now, we'll be posting
pictures online and sharing them with our friends, all with free
software!

-Zak Rogoff
Campaigns Manager

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