Key English Sinhala
map->title Click on the map to discover all alternatives…
map->alt The year is 2016 AD. The whole web is occupied by centralized services… Well… not entirely. One small village of indomitable Free Software lovers still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the legionaries who garrison the fortified camps of Closedum, Centralizum, Trackum, and Proprietarum.
camps->village->title In the freedom defenders’ village
camps->village->text1 Engulfed in sprawling multinational firms, a few non-profit organizations keep up the struggle for an open web respectful of internet users.
camps->village->text2 In addition to @:meta.F, the non-profit association leading the campaign described here, we may also mention <a href="http://april.org">l’April</a>, <a href="http://laquadrature.net">la Quadrature du Net</a> or <a href="http://aful.org">l’Aful</a>. These organizations can only keep going with the help of your donations, so don’t forget to support them!
camps->fermetum->title <i lang="la">Closedum</i>
camps->fermetum->text1 Online services are often closed-source: once you start using them, it is very difficult to leave, because these companies do everything to keep you captive by preventing you, for example, from migrating your data elsewhere.
camps->fermetum->text2 Using open source services means making sure that you will never be controlled by a particular website, but also that you can always migrate your data elsewhere.
camps->centralisum->title <i lang="la">Centralizum</i>
camps->centralisum->text1 Centralized services raise many problems: they make your data very vulnerable (one inaccessible website and everything is down) and make it very easy for third parties to exploit your data.
camps->centralisum->text2 Using decentralized online services means maintaining a choice between using an online resource such as those proposed by Framasoft or installing/managing the service yourself.
camps->espionnum->title <i lang="la">Trackum</i>
camps->espionnum->text1 “If it’s free, you are the product”: many online services make a living by exploiting your personal data, i.e., selling it to advertising companies. Furthermore, most of these services are based in the United States and obey US laws like the PATRIOT ACT which deny all rights to privacy.
camps->espionnum->text2 Using online services hosted in Europe means ensuring that you are not dependent on the laws of another continent. In addition, by hosting the service yourself, no third party can violate your privacy.
camps->privatum->title <i lang="la">Proprietarum</i>
camps->privatum->text1 Freedom-depriving services ("proprietary" in everyday language) are totally opaque: it is impossible to know exactly what the software does with your data. Only the publisher has control over it.
camps->privatum->text2 Using Free online services means being sure the community has control over the software and maintains the ability to modify it, to install it elsewhere, etc.
camps->nsa->title <abbr title="National Security Agency" lang="en">NSA</abbr> <abbr title="National Security Agency" lang="en">NSA</abbr>
camps->nsa->text1 Edward Snowden’s revelations about the PRISM program of the @:camps.nsa.title showed that fears about massive violations of users’ privacy were well-founded.
camps->nsa->text2 Using centralized services amounts to offering your personal data to surveillance organizations without any means to control what they do with it.