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Fixing trust on the Internet

Tom Marble

The challenge with centralized network services isn't just that users may not have software freedom: data matters too. This talk explores the contours of trust on the Internet in the context of verifying network services and how we might craft solutions that match the spirit of the four freedoms of free software. We need an application level API that allows us to corroborate trust assertions and increase (or decrease) our confidence in the assertions based on our transitive trust network. Before choosing to use a network service, users need confidence that the service is free software, provides the complete and corresponding source, can be built reproducibly and that such builds were verified by people those users trust. To bring software freedom to network services users we must create a new trust model for the Internet that manages identity, authentication and assertions at the application level for the Free software services we write and share. We can build it!


6 years, 8 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.