On Cyber Monday, millions of Americans will take to the Internet
in search of the newest gadgets to bestow upon their loved ones.
Most of these "gifts" are trojan horses that will spy on their
recipients, prevent them from doing what they want with their
device, or maybe even block access to their favorite books or
Defective by Design (a project of the Free Software Foundation)
is proud to introduce a map through this minefield: our 2013
Giving Guide. The Giving Guide features gifts that will not
only make your recipients jump for joy; these gifts will also
protect their freedom.
Here are some of the gift ideas based on the 2013 Giving Guide:
- Give DRM-free eBooks that your loved ones can share, and
that can't be remotely removed from their eReaders.
- Create a memorable family album using MediaGoblin, which
allows you to keep your family photos private and will
never use DRM to restrict access.
- Instead of a gift card for iTunes, which uses DRM on
everything it sells except music, give a membership to
the Free Software Foundation, or make a donation on
behalf of a friend to another worthy organization,
like the Electronic Frontier Foundation or Creative Commons.
You can give copies of the Giving Guide to friends and family to
encourage them to get you gifts that respect your freedom. And as
you do your own holiday shopping, think about giving the gift of
free software, and the hardware that supports it, to your loved
If you plan to "give freely" this year, shout it from the
rooftops! Please share the Giving Guide with your networks
on identi.ca and other social media sites you use (we're using
the hashtag #givefreely).