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Amazon Fire TV has Youtube blocked by Google

As we enter 2018 a stark reminder of the power of online service providers and the restrictive software on their own devices has come to our attention.

Non-free Android applications always listening

It has been brought to our attention that there are now a few hundered applications on the Android platform that are using the microphone on the users phones to listen to what they are watching on TV all without the users knowledge.

FSM at Meetup Mixup Melbourne

Ho ho ho Freedom Lovers

It's almost time for Christmas, but before then we'll meetup one last time to talk about all things freedom and open source. This year our meetup is by chance on the same night as the Meetup Mixup Melbourne, and we thought it might be fun to join the community for a celebration and a bit of Christmas cheer. So join us Thursday the 21st of December from 6:00 pm at the Loop Bar.

Tickets booked in advance are only $8.80 (or $10.00 at the door). We'll try to set up a table with FSM signage so we'll be super easy to find. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Event details

Thursday 21st December, 6:00-late
LOOP Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Place
Map: https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/2689166177
Event link: https://melbourne.meetupmixup.com/

Free Software Show and Tell

Hi Software Freedom Lovers

It's November! and that's the time of the year when we look back and think about the Free Software that has improved our lives and given us all so much joy thorough the year. So join us this Thursday at Electron Workshop for our "Free Software Show and Tell" where we'll go round the group and each talk for a few minutes about the Free and Open Source Software that has made a difference for us this year.

It can be something you've just heard about and it sparked your interest or something you've come to rely upon day in and day out.

At 6:30 we'll will kick it off with our regular Gnews segment to get our tongues flapping and then we'll get stuck into the show and tells. We'll end the evening with pizza at Electron Workshop for dinner (vegetarians catered for, celiacs/others ping me and we'll arrange something)

I learned a few new tricks last year at the Show and Tell and it's always a fun night. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Event details

Thursday 16th Nov, 6:30-8:00pm
31 Arden St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051
Map: http://osm.org/go/uG4HWyqEz?m=&node=2556615434
Travel tips by Electron Workshop: http://www.electronworkshop.com.au/map/

FSM Oct 19th - An intro to D# and the Gnews

Hey Free Software lovers, this month we will be joined by Elmer Bool to
discuss d#.  Elmer has been in roles such as software developer, QA
analyst, business analyst and project manager over the past 15 years.

d# is a free and open source project which aims to create and support a
more simplified and streamlined Universal Language for communications
between humans, as well as humans and AI. It aims to become a platform
for new apps that will refactor, redesign, recentralize and/or enhance
existing apps and data to help users solve challenges including those
related to their freedoms, security, and privacy.

With any luck, we will also be helping one of our founding members
install coreboot onto his pc during the meeting which we hope will bring us
one step closer to software freedom.

After this, we will have our regular Gnews segment and then head down to
Errol street for dinner and continued fun.

Hope to see you at 6:30pm on Thursday 19th October at Electron Workshop
for our monthly Free Software Melbourne meet-up.

Event details
Thursday 19th Oct, 6:30-8:00pm
31 Arden St, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051
Map: http://osm.org/go/uG4HWyqEz?m=&node=2556615434
Running late or can't find us? Call Ben on 0419 390 496