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[Social-mediagoblin] DRAFT 2 of the Press release

From: Deborah Nicholson
Subject: [Social-mediagoblin] DRAFT 2 of the Press release
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:30:21 -0400

Hi all,
I got some great feedback already. Here's the new and improved draft.


April 30th, 2011

GNU MediaGoblin is a new software project that will provide users with
freely licensed and distributed photo sharing. Lead developer Chris
Webber says, "We believe people should be able to own their online
data and that means someone has to build the tools to make it
possible. We decided that someone would be us." For the past two
months, Webber's been assembling a team of contributors to start
building Media Goblin.

Media Goblin is being built by free software activists. Chris Webber
and Will Kahn-Greene, both longtime Miro contributors, are leading the
Development Team. Matt Lee and Rob Myers from FooCorp, the makers of
GNU FM (the software that powers and GNU social, are
providing infrastructure. Deb Nicholson, founder of the Women's
Caucus, is helping with community outreach. Media Goblin also has the
official support of the GNU Project. As of this announcement, Media
Goblin is actively welcoming new contributors,

Distributed web services enable the user to retain control of their
data without giving up the benefits of the web. "Centralization and
proprietization of media creates a fragile internet with no
accountability. Free alternatives to proprietary services must be
developed to give users control over their data." (AS A QUOTE) ""We're
thrilled to see more web services following the Franklin Street
Statement's recommendations. Freedom savvy users of and will finally have a way to share photos that they can feel
good about." (AS A QUOTE) Media Goblin will be licensed under the GNU
Affero General Public License and federated using OStatus, making it
compatible with other free network services such as GNU social,
StatusNet and GNU FM.

An alpha release of the distributable photo-sharing system is planned
for this fall. Later versions of MediaGoblin will include support for
video and other media as well as tools to encourage user collaboration
on media projects.

Please contact (who??) with questions about how to get involved in
building Media Goblin or how to donate. (donate link?)

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