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<h1 id="fsfe-newsletter-march-2018">FSFE Newsletter March 2018</h1>
<h2 id="italy-at-the-forefront-of-european-legislation-for-public-code">
Italy at the forefront of European legislation for public code</h2>
<p>With the FSFE&apos;s <a href="">
Public Money? Public Code!</a> campaign not only do we demand that code
paid for by the people should be available to the people. We also
highlight good examples of public code so other decision makers can learn
from it. One very good example is
<a href="">
Article 68</a> and
<a href="">
Article 69</a> of the &quot;Codice Amministrazione Digitale&quot;, an
Italian law requiring public administrations inside Italy to prefer
internally made solutions and Free Software solutions over proprietary
ones. In addition, these administrations have the duty to share the source
code and documentation of any software developed with public money.
These laws put Italy at the forefront of European legislation in favour of
public code.</p>
<p>Unfortunately, so far the law lacks proper implementation. In that light,
the FSFE&apos;s country team in Italy ran an
<a href="/activities/elections/askyourcandidates/askyourcandidates">
Ask Your Candidates campaign</a> in which they
<a href="/news/2018/news-20180219-01">asked the political
parties about their stand on Free Software</a> and the implementation of
the aforementioned Articles 68 and 69 after the national elections on
March 4.</p>
<p>FSFE Italy received very positive replies and many parties
<a href="/news/2018/news-20180302-01.html">took a
favourable stand towards Free Software</a>. Such a big consensus across
these parties gives hope to open up a lot of possibilities for progress
towards the use of Free Software at the state level in Italy and a better
implementation of Articles 68 and 69 of the &quot;Codice Amministrazione
Digitale&quot;. As a match to this, the team &quot;Developers
Italia&quot;, who are in charge of further implementation of the Articles
68 and 69,
<a href="">sent
out their love for Free Software</a> on I love Free Software day.</p>
<h2 id="read-our-detailed-ilovefs-report">Read our detailed IloveFS
<p>As promised in the last newsletter, we now have a
<a href="/news/2018/news-20180308-01">detailed report about our IloveFS
campaign in 2018</a>. In the report, you will not only read about some
highlights that happened for this year&apos;s IloveFS. Thanks to our
current intern Jan, we also have an analysis and visualisation of 439
&apos;I Love Free Software&apos; messsages containing the
<em>&#35;IloveFS</em> hashtag. The scraper Jan used for his analysis is
written in GNU R and <a href="">
published as Free Software</a>.</p>
<p>While every year we are happy to see so many people celebrating I
love Free Software day, we also encourage you to express your Free
4 years ago
Software love every day :)</p>
<hr />
<p><a href="">Join our community of freedom fighters.</a></p>
<hr />
<h2 id="what-else-have-we-done-inside-and-outside-the-fsfe">What else have
we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE</h2>
<li>Paul Boddie reflects on
<a href="">the hobbyism and
volunteerism attitude</a> in many Free Software projects and what
this means for the valuation of the actual work that is done,
examining Python language development as an example.</li>
<li>Isabel Drost Fromm
<a href="">
argues against people acting as mediators</a> as the only interface
between their employer and a Free Software project.</li>
<li>Carmen Bianca Bakker
<a href="">
reflects on the recently updated FreeBSD Code of Conduct</a>, examines
the included dangers of positive discrimination, and states how
a non-biased, welcoming Code of Conduct can indeed
help dogs and cats to live happily ever after.</li>
<li>Daniel Pocock reflects on the newly-introduced SwissID, and its potential dangers
to privacy and democratic referendums.</li>
<li>Erik Albers asked our community on multiple channels to let
the FSFE know about upcoming Free Software events in 2018 that are
of interest to the FSFE community. Thanks to our current intern
Vincent they all ended up in <a href="">
the FSFE&apos;s wiki calendar</a> so our teams and community can use
them to organise their attendance.</li>
<li>Björn Schießle, the FSFE&apos;s country coordinator Germany, gave a
talk about
<a href="">
software freedom in the cloud</a> at &quot;Chemnitzer
Linuxtage&quot; in Chemnitz, Germany.</li>
<li>Erik Albers was giving a
<a href="">
talk about Public Money? Public Code!</a> at the Internet Freedom
Festival in Valencia, Spain.</li>
<li>The new born local FSFE group in Madrid had its first meeting on
<a href="">
February 22</a> and
<a href="">
March 3</a>.</li>
<li>The FSFE has been present with a booth at &quot;Chemnitzer
Linuxtage&quot; in Chemnitz (Germany), at T3chfest in Madrid
(Spain), and at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia
<h2 id="get-active">Get Active</h2>
<p>If you have not done so yet, let us know your favorite Free Software
event that you think is or should be in interest for the FSFE community to
set up a booth at or participate in with a talk or workshop. The simplest
way to do so is by sending a mail to <a href="mailto:contactATfsfeDOTorg">
<email></email></a> with the subject &quot;Free Software event
2018&quot;. Please state what the event is about, how many participants
are expected, and the main language used. Before informing us, please
check if we do not already have it
<a href="">
in our list</a>.</p>
<p>If you are visiting any other events regularly or soon, be it a big
conference or a local meet-up, equip yourself with some FSFE promotion
material that you can <a href="/promo">order at no charge</a>.</p>
<h2 id="contribute-to-our-newsletter">Contribute to our newsletter</h2>
<p>If you would like to share any thoughts, pictures, or news, send them to
us. As always, the address is <a href="mailto:newsletterATfsfeDOTorg">
<email></email></a>. We&#39;re looking forward to hearing from
<p>Thanks to our community, all the
<a href="/contribute/contribute">volunteers</a>, <a href="">
supporters</a> and <a href="/donate/thankgnus">donors</a> who make our
work possible. And thanks to
<a href="/contribute/translators/translators">our translators</a>, who
enable you to read this newsletter in your mother tongue.</p>
<p>Your editors, <br />
Erik Albers and Max Mehl</p>
<hr />
<p><a href="">Join our community of freedom
<hr />
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