On Friday, September 26, the system hackers team discovered a misconfiguration in the wiki setup. The error, if discovered, would have enabled an unauthorised party to read protected pages and user configurations.

It was possible to read the encrypted password hashes of guest users. Registered Fellows, who log in using their Fellowship password were not affected by this. To all others we recommend changing their wiki password as a precaution.

Reasons for public administration to use Free Software

For democracy, governments should have the freedoms of free software.

Arguments

These should each be kept as short as possible.

Knowing what they do

Governments should be able to study what their software is doing with the citizens' data.

Controlling their computing

If computers are used for implementing laws, the government must be in a position to modify the software if the law is modified.

National security

Governments should be able to audit the software they use for security problems. To do this, they must be able to see the source code and they must be able to modify it to fix any problems they find, and they must be able to compile it and use their new modified version.

Language rights

Many countries contain minority languages. Many constitutions say citizens speaking these languages should have rights equal to those who speak the larger languages. To implement this in practice, public administration should provide all computing services in these minority languages. Free Software gives them the freedom to respect the language rights of citizens.

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Sources for further information

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