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Submission + - We should be able to browse the Web without running nonfree software. (fsf.org) 1

Atticus Rex writes: Even if you run a free browser, you're almost certainly loading tons of proprietary JavaScript as you traverse the Web. Though your browser downloads and runs it without alerting you, it's harmful in the same way as any other nonfree software; it prevents people from understanding, modifying and building on the programs they are running, and this results in software that is designed to control users rather than serve the interests of them and their communities.

Today the FSF kicked off a campaign to put pressure on webmasters to make their sites work without requiring nonfree JavaScript. The first target is Regulations.gov, a site the US government uses to take public comments on proposed regulations. Right now, the site requires nonfree JavaScript, requiring citizens to sacrifice their freedom as users to take part in their democracy.

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We should be able to browse the Web without running nonfree software.

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