October 2022 Newsletter
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<h1 id="free-software-in-france-hackerspace-in-albania-job">Free Software in France +++ Hackerspace in Albania +++ Job</h1>
In this issue, we discuss the rising awareness for Free Software in
France. We share our plans for monitoring the implementation of
Device Neutrality principles. A hackerspace in Albania shares the
Public Money! Public Code demand. We are looking for a working
student to be our next system administrator assistant.
<h2 id="free-software-in-france-gains-attention">Free Software in France gains attention</h2>
What is the status of Free Software in France? According to Hugo Roy,
there is rising awareness in the last decade, but France still needs
a bold political stance supporting Free Software. Public procurement
should require the right to produce unlimited amounts of a copy of
the software. This requirement does not favour any company or
business model, and can be a part of a public procurement. Hugo Roy
is a lawyer and a Free Software supporter. Hugo appreciates the
welcoming environment of the FSFE for volunteers and likes CalyxOS
because it offers a ready-to-use environment on a phone and it is
reliable. <a href="/news/podcast/episode-16.html">Listen to his
interview in our new Software Freedom Podcast episode</a>.
<a href="/news/podcast/episode-16.html">
<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/e6/ec/27ddda602b6a643d5df3d98cfdd0.png"
alt="Portrait of person outside wearing sunglasses" /></a>
In our new Software Freedom Podcast we discuss with Hugo Roy, lawyer and Free Software supporter.
On a sidenote we think it is worth noting that we received more
signatures in our <a href="/activities/upcyclingandroid/openletter.html">open
letter for the right to install any software on any device</a> from
organisations throughout France than from any other country. This
might support Hugos observation of increased awareness towards
software freedom in France.
<h2 id="fsfe-monitors-the-implementation-of-device-neutrality">FSFE monitors the implementation of Device Neutrality</h2>
Imagine unboxing your new tablet and finding out you can install new
apps only via the manufacturers own apps store. On top of that, your
device boots only a specific operating system, fully or partly
proprietary. In other words, you cannot install a different OS to
overcome such limitations. Your tablet deserves better.
Device Neutrality is a policy concept to enable end-users to bypass
gatekeepers in order to run Free Software and use services
independently of the control exercised by hardware manufacturers,
vendors, and platforms. To help understand this policy concept, <a href="/activities/deviceneutrality/index#device-neutrality-free-software">we
published an article clarifying the requirements</a> of Device
Neutrality. So far we engaged in the field of device neutrality
during the adoption of the <a href="/activities/dma/dma.html">Digital Markets Act
(DMA)</a>, the European Unions largest initiative to regulate
gatekeepers in digital markets. We saw a major win in 2022, as
several components of Device Neutrality were included in the DMA.
<a href="/activities/deviceneutrality/index">
<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/big/de9a14dc3122b5c304d8644d584abb6c.png" alt="Device neutrality logo" /></a>
Our efforts are not over: now we have to make sure that the
regulation is enforced in practice. Monitoring the implementation and
enforcement of the DMA, conducting device-related activities, and
promoting software freedom requires a lot of resources. <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Please consider donating to the
FSFE so we can continue to work for device neutrality</a>.
<h2 id="hackerspace-in-albania-explains-why-privacy-matters">Hackerspace in Albania explains why privacy matters</h2>
Massive leaks of personal data in Albania revealed personal
information of citizens last year. Hackerspace OpenLabs, an
associated organisation of the FSFE, raises awareness on privacy in
workshops and offers trainings on the safe use of technology. As
members of OpenLabs point out in an interview with Le Courrier de
Balkans, OpenLabs supports the use of Free Software in public
administrations and <a href="https://www.courrierdesbalkans.fr/Albanie-OpenLabs-un-hackerspace-pour-proteger-et-emanciper-le-numerique">spread
the message of the Public Money? Public Code! campaign in
Albania</a>. Tirana City Hall was the first capital city in the
Western Balkans to switch to larger remote Free Software solutions.
Still, the country has to close the digital gap among citizens.
<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/original/0c/ca/b2f430cc5cdb368bda718d87c9d2.jpg" alt="Person giving a presentation" />
<h2 id="job-opening-assistant-system-administrator">Job opening: Assistant system administrator</h2>
We are looking for a working student to support our work to empower
people to control technology. The work is 10 hours per week from our
Berlin office, but home office work will be possible later. The
person will support the FSFEs technical infrastructure by working
with our system administrators. <a href="/news/2022/news-20220915-01.html">Apply until
16 October</a>.
<h2 id="childrens-book-available-to-pre-order-in-english">Childrens book available to pre-order in English</h2>
<em>Ada &amp; Zangemann - A Tale of Software, Skateboards, and
Raspberry Ice Cream</em> has been translated into English. We made
it! <a href="https://k7r.eu/ada-zangemann-ready-to-pre-order-in-english/">The
book will now be published and an e-book is already available</a>. Of
course, the e-book format contains <a href="/activities/drm/drm.html">no Digital
Restrictions Management</a>. If you are from the US you can <a href="https://nostarch.com/ada-zangemann">pre-order the hardcover
from No Starch Press</a>, get 25% off with the coupon code
“Hacking4Freedom”, receive the ebook now, and get the book sent from
the US in starting in December. If you live outside the US you should
be able to pre-order the book from your local bookshop by the end of
the year.
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<a href="https://nostarch.com/ada-zangemann">
<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/b2b23d22357bfc0c568a472b45a56dd3.png" alt="Illustration of three pieces. On the left side, an illustration showing a girl typing on a keyboard connected to her phone among tools and open books. On the right side, a grumpy old man types in front of ultra luxurious screens in the middle of furnitures with golden details. At the bottom, the text Ada &amp; Zangemann is accompanied with the book cover." />
<h2 id="save-the-date">Save the date!</h2>
On 11-12 November the FSFE will organise the Legal Education Day
at the SFSCon in Bolzano, Italy. You can participate in the
events from anywhere. The conference is livestreamed and you can
ask questions in the chat. We will present introductory topics of
licensing of Free Software. Tune in to learn about copyleft and
non-reciprocal licenses, license compatibility and
incompatibility, and use of logos in software projects. You will
learn how to license Free Software projects easily with REUSE.
Join the Legal Education Day at the <a href="https://www.sfscon.it/">SFSCon</a> online! And if you join
in-person, come over to our booth to chitchat!
On 26 November Vincent Lequertier, AI specialist, gives a talk
'For an inclusive and ethical artificial intelligence'. The
presentation is part of the event <a href="https://www.campus-du-libre.org/index.php">Campus du Libre
(Free Software campus)</a>, and the FSFE will be there with a
<h2 id="past-events">Past events</h2>
From 30 September to 2 October the FSFE and 11 civil society
organisations co-organised the <a href="https://bits-und-baeume.org/en/">Bits &amp; Bäume</a> (“Bits
and Trees”) conference. We provided talks, and an Upcycling Android
workshop. The FSFE local group Berlin had an information boot
On 30 September Lina Ceballos, REUSE Project Manager, presented the
principles of REUSE and showed how to make licensing clear and
simple at <a href="https://www.kde-espana.org/akademy-es-2022/programa">Akademy-es</a>
conference in Barcelona, Spain. On 1 October Lina presented REUSE
tools and documentation at <a href="https://conf.kde.org/event/4/contributions/101/">Akademy</a> in
On 29 September Katrina Holovets, artist, gave an author reading of
the children's book Ada &amp; Zangemann in Ukrainian. Matthias
Kirschner, author and President of the FSFE, answered questions
from the audience. The event took place at the <a href="https://www.veranstaltungen-lvbw.de/event.php?vnrtoken=JAkaeObC09C9EDD6OkpIqkLv%20A8a95opOC%20gyRlyJOwJdVokCv5p1cRHDD6bQoMqMWIXagMyufrwRXBWqygYdSA">Landesvertretung
Baden-Württemberg</a> and Rudi Hoogvliet, State Secretary of
Baden-Württemberg, introduced the book. On 24 September there was a
German and Ukrainian reading at <a href="https://www.berlin.de/stadtbibliothek-friedrichshain-kreuzberg/bibliotheken/bezirkszentralbibliothek-pablo-neruda/veranstaltungen-projekte/artikel.1243672.php">Bezirkszentralbibliothek</a>
Pablo Neruda in Berlin.
On 15 September the Podcast Ubuntu Portugal published the interview
with Lucas Lasota, FSFEs Senior Legal Project Manager, about
Router Freedom and Device Neutrality in Europe. <a href="https://podcastubuntuportugal.org/e213/">The podcast was
recorded in Portuguese</a>.
<h2 id="fsfe-groups">FSFE groups</h2>
<strong>Belarus</strong>: Minsk GNU/Linux and Free Software
enthusiasts have not enjoyed in-person meetings for a long time. On
29 October they will revive the tradition to meet in person and the
FSFE <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/LocalGroups/Minsk">local group
Minsk</a> will be there! Contact <email>vics@fsfe.org</email> if you are interested in joining!
<strong>Germany</strong>: The FSFE local group <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/LocalGroups/Berlin">Berlin</a> celebrated
Software Freedom Day on 17 September at BeLUG. The group gave four
talks: A critical introduction to Free Software by Erik Grun,
FLOSS video production with a focus on video tutorials by hoergen,
Dokuwiki - a lightweight and extremely versatile wiki software by
c47, and A sustainable approach to software as a resource by
Tobias. The FSFE local group <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/LocalGroups/Hamburg">Hamburg</a> has its
next meeting on 10 October.
<strong>Italy</strong>: The FSFE local group <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/LocalGroups/Sicilia">Sicily</a> gave a
talk on modernising public administration with Free Software on 9
September in Caltanissetta, Italy. The topic received a lot of
attention as many people attended the event. Many participants did
not know about Free Software before, and people wanted to know how
they can contribute.
<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/47/ab/1e04129c974ac95108fe8334e3d5.jpeg"
alt="Person giving a presentation." />
Francesco Bonanno presenting the Public Money? Public Code! initiative. Caltanissetta, Italy, September 2022.
<strong>Netherlands</strong>: The FSFE country team Netherlands
hosted an FSFE booth at the NLLGG meeting in Utrecht on 17 September.
Nico Rikken showed the possibilities of installing a custom ROM with
Free Software on a phone. Participants shared their experiences on
flashing phones and discussed the available Free Software options for
phones. A few days after, the Netherlands team <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/Netherlands/2022-09-21">met
<strong>Switzerland</strong>: Volunteers decided to start a new local
group in <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/LocalGroups/Basel">Basel</a>.
The first meeting was on 3 October. The group plans to be meeting on
the first Monday of every month.
<strong>Women</strong>: The FSFE <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Teams/Women">Women</a> group planned next
years activities during their online meeting at 29 September.
<h2 id="in-memory-of-damiano">In memory of Damiano</h2>
The FSFE honours the memory of Damiano Conte, an important member of
the Free Software movement in Italy, and shares condolences to his
family. Damiano was a teacher of thousands of students in Bassano del
Grappa (VI) Italy during the last 20 years, and encouraged the use of
GNU/Linux and Free Software and hardware. In 2008 Damiano co-founded
the Bassano del Grappa Linux User Group (GrappaLUG). Since 2006 he
had been organising the Linux Day and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PcPAbs1Y5Y">giving talks</a>.
GrappaLUG sent a symbolic donation to the FSFE in memory of Damiano.
We thank Damiano for his long-term contribution to software freedom.
<h2 id="contribute-to-our-newsletter">Contribute to our Newsletter</h2>
If you would like to share any thoughts, pictures, or news, please
send them to us. As always, the address is <email>newsletter@fsfe.org</email>.
We're looking forward to hearing from you! If you also want to
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monthly contribution</a>. Thanks to our community and all the
volunteers, supporters, and donors who make our work possible. And
thanks to our translators, who enable you to read this newsletter in
your native languages.
<p>Your editor, Fani Partsafyllidou</p>
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