vendredi 1 août 2014

Volunteers translate Email Self-Defense guide into Spanish, Romanian, and more

Email Self-Defense

Dear Pascal,

When the FSF launched our guide to personal email encryption last month, it was enthusiastically received by English-speakers looking for an easy way to get started fighting bulk surveillance. Our community then came together to translate it and bring it to speakers of six more languages. Today we're launching the second round of translations: Spanish, Romanian, Italian, and Greek.

This guide started as an effort of the FSF and some skilled graphic and Web designers, but it's become a worldwide effort by free software activists translating in more than ten countries. This kind of teamwork is what our movement is all about, and the FSF is thrilled to facilitate it.

The Free Software Foundation provides the infrastructure and professional management for our community of translators, and rigorously researches and refines the material in Email Self-Defense. We also maintain Edward, the multilingual encryption reply bot program. We've spent a lot of time and energy on this guide so far, and we want to spend more, but we need resources.

Can you donate to help us recoup some of the cost we've put into creating this guide and fostering a community around it?

Your donation will also enable us to make technical infrastructure improvements to to make it easy to translate into more languages, and hopefully let us add a set of instructions for using encryption on mobile devices.

Our goal is to make email encryption approachable for people speaking any language and using any device, while also using the guide to deliver a clear message about the importance of free software.

If you'd like to create a version for a language that we haven't published yet, or help maintain one of the existing translations, please send an email to telling us about your experiences with translating.

We're also looking for people to join the translation team and create translated versions of Richard Stallman's article "How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?" The article makes the point that, to fight bulk surveillance, we need to reduce the amount of data that is collected about our lives in general (both by government and private entities).

Thank you for being such a supportive community, and coming forward to help us with this project. We're happy to be making it easier for you to protect your privacy and put up a defense against surveillance.

Please email us at if you'd like to donate in Euros.

Zak Rogoff
Campaigns Manager

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