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<h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - May 2016</h1>
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<h2 id="eu-jeopardises-its-goals-in-standardisation-with-frand-licensing">EU
jeopardises its goals in standardisation with FRAND licensing</h2>
<p>As a part of the Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission
has <a href="">published the communication on ICT standardisation
priorities</a> as one of the key factors in the digital economy. FSFE
welcomes the overall approach taken in the communication in favour of
more open standards and a greater inclusion of Free Software communities
into standardisation processes.</p>
<p>However, the document lacks proper understanding of licensing conditions
of standard-essential patents in order to include Free Software into
standard setting processes. In particular, FSFE <a href="fixme:link">expresses
its concerns in regard to the promotion of so-called "fair, reasonable,
and non-discriminatory (FRAND)licensing terms</a> that in practice are
incompatible with Free Software. This way, the document jeopardises every
effort set by the European Commission to integrate Free Software communities
into standardisation.</p>
<h2 id="european-commission-vs-google-android">European Commission vs Google Android</h2>
<p>On April 20, the European Commission
<a href="">outlined
its charges in regard to Google's businesses practices relating to the
Android operating system</a>. According to the Commission, Google is
abusing its dominant market position by pre-installing and setting Google
Search, Google Play Store and Google Chrome as the default on most Android
devices sold in Europe. These practices close off ways for competitive
search engines to access the market.</p>
<p>FSFE has previously <a href="">raised
its concerns in regard to the claim against the free-of-charge distribution
of Android</a> that had been raised to the European Commission by a
coalition of certain online service providers who claimed that this practice
is harmful to competition. We argued against that claim as it undermines
the whole essence of Free Software licensing, and are pleased to see that
the Commission disregarded that claim in its antitrust case against Google.</p>
<h2 id="fsfe-merges-offices-to-berlin">FSFE merges offices to Berlin</h2>
<p>FSFE's history is deeply rooted in Düsseldorf and its surrounding area,
given the fact that we opened our first office in Düsseldorf. This office
was FSFE's first administrative center and later became the hub of our
merchandise activities. Düsseldorf now is the epicenter of one of the
oldest Fellowship groups and we are very grateful for the support which
the Fellows and volunteers in the area have given to the FSFE through
the years.</p>
<p>However, after many years of maintaining two offices, we now concentrate
our administrative activities in the Berlin office that has been used as
FSFE's headquarters since several years now. With the closing of the
Düsseldorf office, all merchandise, administration and <a href="">communication is handled via
the Berlin office solely</a>.</p>
<h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
<li><p>Guido Arnold, our education team coordinator, summarised legal
aspects and possible activities to take, when <a href="">public schools make MS Office mandatory.</a></p></li>
<li><p>Vitaly Repin <a href="">published
the course by Richard Stallman "On the Road to the Free Digital Society"
in Moodle Backup and IMS Common Cartridge formats</a>, and invites everyone
to give feedback and promote the course through their channels.</p></li>
<li><p>Since Lets Encrypt has left beta testing, Michal Nazarewicz <a href="">uses and promotes this new certificate
authority which provides free TLS certificates</a>: "If you're running
your own server there's no excuse not to use TLS".</p></li>
<li><p>Björn Schießle <a href="">blogs about a self hostable application for saving web pages, "Wallabag",
and about its maintenance on a shared web hosting service</a>.</p></li>
<li><p>Marcus Moeller explains how to <a href="">set up a Freedombox on a Beagle Bone Black in order to self-host a blog
on freely designed hardware and without the need to use proprietary
<h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
<li><p>We have been running the eighth annual election for a Fellowship
representative who is to represent our community and the FSFE's Fellowship
in <a href="">FSFE's
general assembly</a>. Although we only had one candidate, we like to
<a href="FIXME:%20Link%20to%20News-item%20of%20elections,%20still%20to%20come">thank
and congratulate Mirko Boehm to run for the office and being elected</a>.</p></li>
<li><p>We have now over 30 organisations and companies who joined us in
proposing measures to EU institutions and EU member states to avoid negative
implications on users' rights and Free Software imposed by the
<a href="">EU
Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU, aka 'Radio Lockdown Directive'</a>.
The joint statement is open to new signatures against negative implications
that the 'Radio Lockdown Directive' poses on software freedom, users'
rights, fair competition, innovation, environment, and volunteering.</p></li>
<li><p>FSFE also joined a coalition of organisations that fight the
negative implementations of the 'Radio Lockdown Directive' in France.
Together, we signed <a href="">an
open letter to the French government and French Telecommunications Regulatory
Authority (ART)</a> to ensure that the implementation of the 'Radio Lockdown
Directive' in France will not harm Free Software.</p></li>
<li><p>On our way to become more transparent and inclusive, we published
our <a href="">transparency
commitment</a> in line with the guidelines from Transparency International Germany.</p></li>
<li><p>A lot of our initial structure and founding documents have not
been updated ever since the FSFE grew from being a small circle of volunteers
into an organisation with hired staff, with a Fellowship program and a
community of thousands of people. We now begun to <a href="">revise our "Self Conception"</a>, to better reflect our grown
decision-making process. Jonas Öberg, FSFE's executive director, is sharing
his thoughts on and insights about <a href="">potential future steps to FSFE's structure and membership</a>on his blog.</p></li>
<li><p><a href="">On the backend of our
work, we have been introducing a ticket system built on OTRS</a>.
Although at first sight not many people seem to be directly affected by
this, our whole communication will profit over time from higher control
of our workflow. Also, it shall be opened to be used by volunteers as well.</p></li>
<li><p>13 - 15 April FSFE's annual legal licensing workshop LLW took place
in Barcelona, Spain. The event is dedicated to gather legal practitioners from all over the world to dicuss the most challenging issues in and around Free Software
licensing. This year it had a record number of participants, showing the
increasing interest and importance of Free Software in software licensing.</p></li>
<h2 id="take-action">Take Action</h2>
<p>From September 2 4, 2016, there will be happening the first summit
of FSFE, an event dedicated to our community. To make it a unique and
appealing experience for everyone, we sent out a <a href="">Call for
Participation</a> last week to all our Fellows and on our mailing lists.
Take your chance and be part of FSFE's main event in 2016 by becoming a
speaker or a volunteer, by hosting a workshop or another event.</p>
<h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software news</h2>
<p>Spain's Ministry of Finance and Public Administrations <a href="">published its web-based solution for archiving electronic files under
Free Software license</a>. France is also not lagging behind and recently
<a href="">published the source code of the fiscal calculator used by the
French fiscal administration to calculate the income taxes of individuals
in France</a> as an outcome of the legal case in Paris' administrative
court that concluded that a source code of a software written by and for
public authorities can be considered as a public information that can be
freely accessed.</p>
<p>Thanks to all the
<a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>
<a href="">Fellows</a>
<a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a>
who enable our work,</p>
<p>your editors Polina Malaja and Erik Albers, <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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