[gl-como] Fwd: #DialUp to save the Web from DRM

Elena ``of Valhalla'' valhalla-l@trueelena.org
Ven 31 Mar 2017 09:19:34 CEST

TL;DR: per la prossima campagna contro l'adozione di DRM negli standard
del W3C chiedono di fare una telefonata (c'è anche un numero italiano)
di supporto.

----- Forwarded message from "Zak Rogoff, DBD" <info@defectivebydesign.org> -----

Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:44:06 -0400
From: "Zak Rogoff, DBD" <info@defectivebydesign.org>
To: Elena Grandi <elena.valhalla@gmail.com>
Subject: #DialUp to save the Web from DRM
Message-Id: <E1ctkfe-000834-3R@crmserver1p>

Elena Grandi—

Since the beginning of the Web—the age of dial-up Internet
connections—the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) has kept the Web's
technical standards tuned in a careful balance that enables innovation
and respects users' rights.

**14 days from now, that may change. Unless we can stop it, the W3C
  will welcome a new wave of user-hostile [DRM (Digital Restrictions
  Management)][1] onto the Web, making it harder than ever for us to
  be secure and free online.**

[1]: https://defectivebydesign.org/what_is_drm_digital_restrictions_management

The wave of DRM will come from the W3C's ratification of a proposed
technical standard, [EME (Encrypted Media Extensions)][2], which will
make it cheaper and easier for streaming video companies to build DRM
into Web sites. That will invite more abuses of users like the Sony
DRM rootkit, caught [dismantling the security of users' operating
systems][3], and more digital locks preventing important, legal things
that people do with media, like accessibility modifications,
translation, commentary, and archiving.

[2]: https://defectivebydesign.org/drm-in-web-standards
[3]: https://www.defectivebydesign.org/ten-years-after-sony-rootkit

Netflix, Apple, Google, and Microsoft are dead-set on EME. They are
powerful—and their membership dues provide a lot of money to the
W3C—but there is a weak link in their plan: Tim Berners-Lee, the
Director of the W3C, can block EME when it comes to his desk on April

**This is where you come in: #DialUp Tim Berners-Lee now and urge him
  not to endanger users by enshrining oppressive technology in the
  basic standards of the Web.**


# How to #DialUp for the free Web

1: Call Tim Berners-Lee's [publicly listed][4] W3C phone number: +1
(617) 253-5702. You will most likely reach his assistant or an
answering machine.

2: **Be polite and get straight to the point.** We recommend you say:

> Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling to urge Tim Berners-Lee to
  prevent Encrypted Media Extensions from becoming a W3C
  recommendation. I believe that the Web should promote user freedom
  and security, not undermine them. Please make sure that
  Mr. Berners-Lee receives this message. Thank you.

3: [Click this link][5] to email us, so we can announce how many
people called Berners-Lee. You will not be automatically added to our
email list (but you can join [here][6]).

Can't call the US? Call your closest W3C office][7] (they are spread
across the globe) and ask them to relay your message to Tim

[4]: https://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/
[5]: mailto:campaigns@fsf.org?Subject=I%20called%20Tim%20Berners-Lee
[6]: https://defectivebydesign.org/join
[7]: https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Offices/staff/


Though EME is designed specifically for streaming video DRM, its
ratification would catalyze long-simmering projects to add DRM to
[text][8] and [image][9] standards on the Web. Perhaps worst of all,
EME's ratification would lend political capital to the laws that make
it a crime to circumvent DRM, even for security research, which is a
crucial public accountability mechanism for software.

[8]: http://idpf.org/epub-content-protection
[9]: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/10/theres-no-drm-jpeg-lets-keep-it-way

But we don't have to settle for this. There is deep opposition
to EME within the W3C community—unsurprisingly, most of the people who
dedicate their lives to improving the Web don't want DRM enshrined in
it. Berners-Lee himself sees EME less as an improvement to the Web,
and more as a [necessary evil to placate streaming companies and
Hollywood][10]. If we can show him an unprecedented grassroots demand
to reject DRM in Web standards, we have a chance to win on April
13th. Stand up for the free Web you love, and #DialUp Tim Berners-Lee

[10]: https://defectivebydesign.org/blog/response_tim_bernerslees_defeatist_post_about_drm_web_standards

Zak Rogoff   
Campaigns Manager

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Elena ``of Valhalla''

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