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<body class="bio">
<p id="category"><a href="../interviews.en.html">Interviews</a></p>
<h1>Interview with Amandine “Cryptie”</h1>
<blockquote>
<img class="avatar" src="cryptie.jpg" alt="A photographic portrait" width="150" height="150" title="Amandine “Cryptie”" />
<p class="about">
<em>"I am Cryptie, I am living in Paris, France.
I used to be a cryptographer and now I am a privacy specialist.
I consciously use Free Software for 15 years now.
I discovered the FSFE randomly, I found the FSFE website and just loved this idea of counter-lobbying.
I am a supporter of the FSFE for already 6 years now."</em>
</p>
<br />
</blockquote>
<div class="interview">
<p class="question">Beyond supporting the FSFE, you also engage as a volunteer. What are you doing for FSFE?</p>
<p> In February 2013, I discovered the <a href="https://fsfe.org/campaigns/ilovefs" target="_blanc">"I love Free Software" campaign</a> and I just had to get a French version.
This is how I joined the translation team, which I never really left.
<br />
In July 2013, I met my first "FSFE person", Rainer, at our booth in Brussel for the RMLL2013.
Rainer needed some help thus I helped. I loved the ambiance so I stayed.
I am now a regular volunteer at <a href="https://fosdem.org/" target="_blanc">FOSDEM </a>booths and even managed the <a href="http://rmll.info/" target="_blanc">RMLL</a> ones for the second time this summer.
<br />
Finally, I joined the GA in September 2017.
</p>
<p class="question"> What is the most fun part about engaging for the FSFE?
</p>
<p>
I love translating and volunteering at booths but, to be honest, the best thing is the FSFE community parties at the end of any FSFE event:
Our community comes from all over Europe (and sometimes even beyond) and it's nice to engage with others, exchange ideas and means to promote
Free Software or just share a nice time together. </p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite FSFE campaign at the moment?
</p>
<p>
No hesitation : <a href="https://fsfe.org/campaigns/ilovefs" target="_blanc">"I love Free Software"</a>.
This campaign is so positive, it reminds each of us that Free Software won't exist without the volunteers behind it. </p>
<p class="question">In one sentence: What is the biggest benefit of Free Software?</p>
<p>Free Software it is a key factor to provide privacy which is needed to live in a free world. </p>
<p class="question">And what is the biggest benefit of Free Software regarding security?</p>
<p>Free Software is auditable thus you can check if it uses outdated non-secure algorithms or state of the arts ones.
Even better, if it is an important software for you, you can help (as an expert or by giving money to a crowdfunding) to replace the bad code.</p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite Free Software?</p>
<p>
This one is very tough. I could not survive without "Nextcloud" and "Keepass", thus one of them? :)
</p>
<p class="question">Is there anything you believe the FSFE should improve or begin working on next? Any wishes for the future?</p>
<p>I hope that more and more people will understand the importance of being ethical in their digital life and thus consciously use Free Software and
that we will have more and more volunteers from all over Europe.</p>
<br/> </div>
<div class="center">
<div class="video" id="video-30s-cryptie">
<h1 style="padding-top:2em"><em>"The FSFE and me in 30 seconds"</em> with Amandine “Cryptie”</h1>
</div>
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<figcaption><p> Video by David Vagt <br />
Recorded at the Libre Software Meeting/Reecontres Mundial de Logiciel Libre 2018
in Strasbourg, France. <br />
For creating this video following Free Software has been used:
<a href="https://kdenlive.org/" target="_blanc">kdenlive</a>,
<a href="https://blender.org/" target="_blanc">blender</a>,
<a href="https://lmms.io/" target="_blanc">LMMS</a>,
<a href="https://audacityteam.org/" target="_blanc">Audacity</a> and
<a href="https://ffmpeg.org/" target="_blanc">ffmpeg</a>
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<p>Find more interviews and videos with the FSFE community on our <a href="../interviews.html">interviews page</a>.</p>
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<p id="category"><a href="../interviews.en.html">Interviews</a></p>
<h1>Interview with Olga Gkotsopoulou</h1>
<blockquote>
<img class="avatar" src="gkotsopoulou.jpg" alt="A photographic portrait" width="150" height="150" title="Olga Gkotsopoulou" />
<p class="about">
<em>"Hi, i am Olga Gkotsopoulou, LSTS Research associate in Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
<br />
Since the beginning of my university studies in 2008, I have been
volunteering and working in Greece and abroad, serving a diverse
spectrum of causes, always promoting human rights and digital
freedoms."</em>
</p>
<br />
</blockquote>
<div class="interview">
<p class="question"> What made you interested in the FSFE and motivated to become a
supporter?</p>
<p> Working with topics of data protection, I started searching for
technological alternatives which are friendly towards users' rights and
thus, I started participating in the activities of the Greek Free/Open
Source Software Society-Open Technologies Alliance (GFOSS), learning
more and more about the history of the movement and the contribution of
Free Software projects and their communities to digital rights. Soon I
became familiar with the exceptional campaigning, policy and legal work
of the FSFE. When I saw the call for trainees, I thought to myself that
there cannot be a better opportunity to learn about the policy and
legal work around Free Software in Europe and I applied with the hope
to be selected. </p>
<p class="question">What tasks did you have or what work did you do as an intern for FSFE?</p>
<p> I interned with FSFE in 2016-2017. I helped with the composition of
the position paper for the European Commission's public consultation on
Horizon 2020 interim evaluation, all its communication and call for
action processes. I contributed to the preparation and submission of
Freedom of Information requests to European institutions.I participated
in the preparation of long and short-term campaigns, such as the Public
Money Public Code campaign, and the I love Free Software Day. Moreover,
I had the opportunity to engage in day-to-day activities vital for an
NGO, taking care of the shipping of FSFE's merchandise and promotional
material all over the world, assisting with the release of monthly
newsletters, weekly news items and other communication activities, as
well as conducting legal and policy reviews, creating and maintaining
wiki pages on various topics, being involved in the translation of info
material and the moderation of mailing lists and the OTRS ticket
system. A big part of my traineeship was also devoted to the
preparations of the Legal and Licensing Workshop 2017, the biggest
legal event in the field. Last but not least, I acquired some technical
and designing skills, using various software programs. </p>
<p class="question"> And what is the most fun part about engaging for FSFE?
</p>
<p> Even though every activity had its own appeal, the tasks I liked
the most were the “out-of-the-office” activities, building ties with
the community. Some highlights: the gobo projector light show, spending
a night at the Berlin streets, projecting thought provoking statements
on walls; sending to the German parliament flowers and letters for the
IloveFS day; preparing and organising booths; participating in the
biggest Free Software and technology-related conferences in Europe, eg
the QtCon and the first FSFE Summit ever, the FOSDEM in Brussels, the
33c3 in Hamburg and the LinuxCon in Berlin, but also other smaller
events, talks and lectures, such as occasionally the Berlin FSFE group
meetings. I even helped with the organisation of such events myself,
for instance I led the organisation of the first ever visit of the
FSFE's staff to Athens. </p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite FSFE campaign at the moment?
</p>
<p>
<a href="https://publiccode.eu" target="_blanc">"Public Money Public Code"</a>.
</p>
<p class="question">In one sentence: What is the biggest benefit of Free Software?</p>
<p>Freedom!</p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite Free Software?</p>
<p>
LibreOffice.
</p>
<br/></div>
<p>Find more interviews and videos with the FSFE community on our <a href="../interviews.html">interviews page</a>.</p>
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<p id="category"><a href="../interviews.en.html">Interviews</a></p>
<h1>Interview with Erik Grun</h1>
<blockquote>
<img class="avatar" src="grun.jpg" alt="A photographic portrait" width="150" height="150" title="Erik Grun" />
<p class="about">
<em>"My name is Erik Grun. I am studying Economics in Berlin and I am an active member of the FSFE for almost four years now.
It is very hard to tell how I got to know the FSFE and Free Software in
general, because my first touch with Free Software lies back even
further. Back then I was quite interested in learning how to programme
and somewhere I must have heard, that if you wanted to become a“real”
programmer you, should use GNU/Linux. So I started using one of the more
common distributions and then I somehow heard about the GNU project,
Richard Stallman and our sister organization in America. The next thing
I remember is being at one of my first local meetings and
discussing how to bring Free Software into schools."</em>
</p>
<br />
</blockquote>
<div class="interview">
<p class="question">What made you interested in the FSFE and motivated to become a supporter?</p>
<p> Well, the FSF was overseas and so far away and I wanted to help
promoting Free Software here in my home town in Berlin. My motivation
came from a rather practical standpoint. I wanted to learn programming
and one way to do this, is by taking a programme with a copyleft
licence. You can start by reading and understanding its source code and
if you start publishing your changes, you can be sure, that they stay
Free. Nowadays my motivation has shifted more to the rather political
reasons. For me Free Software is something, that just makes sense –
like the freedom of speech or freedom of movement. Denying someone
the freedoms of Free Software is denying them their basic human rights.
</p>
<p class="question"> By supporting FSFE you engage as a volunteer. What are you doing for FSFE?</p>
<p>I am currently the coordinator of the local group in Berlin and I am a
part of our education team. This means, that my tasks mainly involve
organising our Fellowship meetings and helping out at booths, but also
very importantly helping to promote our campaigns on the local level by
talking to and meeting with people from other organisations,
politicians and so on. </p>
<p class="question">What is the most fun part about engaging for FSFE?
</p>
<p>Talking to people, who work in the public sector about why they
should support Free Software is definitely fun, but helping with booths
is the most fun. In Berlin we have many different kinds of events,
which cover even more diverse topics that often seem to have no
connection to Free Software at all. Convincing people at these
events that they also need Free Software can sometimes be quite a
challenge, because you always have to adapt to the event you are
visiting, but that’s what makes it the most fun part. <br /> Also
at these events we are most likely to meet community members,
who come with the most interesting questions, that you wouldn’t have
thought about and this often leads to very interesting discussions,
that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. </p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite FSFE campaign at the moment?
</p>
<p> Of course it is <a href="https://publiccode.eu" target="_blanc">“Public Money? Public Code!“</a>, because in the
midterm it has the most achievable goals. Our most important campaign
is probably <a href="https://fsfe.org/campaigns/android/android.en.html" target="_blanc">“Free Your Android!”</a>, because almost everyone owns a smart
device today and these still come with some nasty pre-installed non-free software.
So, by installing F-Droid (and replacing
Android with a Free version), we can easily show people how
software freedom can look like and hopefully more people realise the
advantages it gives them. </p>
<p class="question">As the local coordinator, do you think Berlin is an attractive spot for Free Software enthusiasts? </p>
<p> Definitely! In Berlin are so many different communities, that are
using and promoting Free Software. There is even a page, <a href="https://lug.berlin/" target="_blanc">lug.berlin</a>,
that tries to give an overview of all the local user groups, that are
meeting and hacking together in and around Berlin. </p>
<p class="question">You mentioned being a part of education team, what activities do you undertake in this role?</p>
<p>As the FSFE group in Berlin one of our main goals is bringing Free
Software and its concepts into schools. That's why we are talking to
teachers, so that they can pass their knowledge on to the children and
why we are trying to convince our decision makers about the
inalienability of Free Software for equal educational chances. What
the FSFE could do, is strengthen our education team. We need help with
designing flyers, maybe launching a campaign. Also it would be very
nice to have someone in the office, who is hired for working on
education-related topics, so we could an expert to contact, when we
need help. </p>
<p class="question">In one sentence: What is the
biggest benefit of Free Software?</p>
<p>Nowadays technology plays a key
role in our lives and as Free Software means having control over
technology it means having self-determination in our own lives.</p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite Free Software?</p>
<p>As there is so many great Free Software out there, it is quite
difficult for me to answer, but I think on smart devices you
should definitely try out apps like "Conversations" (and "ChatSecure"
for iOS), "NewPipe" and "Transportr". In general, I really like
Nextcloud, because it has some really nice killer features.
</p>
<p class="question">Is there anything you believe the FSFE should improve or begin
working on next? Any wishes for the future?
</p>
<p> I think, the FSFE should put more effort into bringing Free
Software and its concepts and values into schools, universities and the
like. If we can get children to use Free Software and teach them
reasons why they should do so, they will not only start to value the
freedom it gives them, but will also become politicians, programmers,
designers, decision makers and so on, who can help us in transforming
to a Free Software society. So, in the end it would really help us in
taking a day or two off. ;-) </p> <br/> </div>
<p>Find more interviews and videos with the FSFE community on our <a href="../interviews.html">interviews page</a>.</p>
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<p id="category"><a href="/about/about.html">About FSFE</a></p>
<h1 id="id-interviews">Interviews</h1>
<div id="introduction">
<p>
FSFE is a charity dedicated to empowering users to control technology. We are working
to build freedom in digital society.
On this page you will find a selection of interviews with people from the FSFE community,
who are willing to let the world know what Free Software means to them.
</p>
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<blockquote id="snow">
<a href="snow/snow.html"><img
class="avatar-left"
src="snow/snow.jpg" alt="A
photographic portrait" title="Florian Snow"/></a>
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<p class="none"><em>
I love the welcoming culture at the FSFE.<br />
It feels good to be able to actively work for Free Software in such an
unbureaucratic way.
</em>
<br />
<div align="right">Florian Snow</div>
<div align="left"><a href="snow/snow.html"><img
src="../../graphics/paper.png" alt="Picture of a paper" widht="20" height="20" style="vertical-align:baseline" />Read full interview</a></div>
</p>
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</blockquote>
<blockquote style="background: #FFFFFF;" id="cryptie">
<a href="cryptie/cryptie.html"><img
class="avatar-left"
src="cryptie/cryptie.jpg" alt="A
photographic portrait" title="Amandine “Cryptie”"/></a>
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<p class="none"><em>
I hope that more and more people will understand the importance of being ethical in their digital life and thus consciously use Free Software and
that we will have more and more volunteers from all over Europe.</em>
<br />
<div align="right">Amandine “Cryptie”</div>
<div align="left"><a href="cryptie/cryptie.html"><img
src="../../graphics/paper.png" alt="Picture of a paper" widht="20" height="20" style="vertical-align:baseline" />Read full interview</a></div>
<div align="left"><a href="cryptie/cryptie.html#video-30s-cryptie"><img
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<blockquote id="weitzhofer">
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class="avatar-left"
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photographic portrait" title="Bernhard Weitzhofer"/></a>
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<p class="none"><em>
Think about these claims: <br />
"It's better if we control how you may or may not use your tools." <br />
"It's better if you don't know how your tools work." <br />
"It's better if we forbid you to share your tools." <br />
"It's better if you are not allowed to improve your tools." <br />
If you find those as absurd as I do, you understand why I'm a Free
Software activist.</em>
<div align="right">Bernhard Weitzhofer</div>
<div align="left"><a href="weitzhofer/weitzhofer.html"><img
src="../../graphics/paper.png" alt="Picture of a paper" widht="20" height="20" style="vertical-align:baseline" />Read full interview</a></div>
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</a> <div class="inside">
<p class="none"><em>
The most fun part about engaging for FSFE is
meeting real people and exchanging substantial information about
relevant issues. These can be anything from rooting your cell phone, to
learning Git, to understanding Free Software based business, to
speaking up for the use of open standards in public organisations.</em>
<div align="right">André Ockers</div>
<div align="left"><a href="ockers/ockers.html"><img
src="../../graphics/paper.png" alt="Picture of a paper" widht="20" height="20" style="vertical-align:baseline" />Read full interview</a></div>
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</a><div class="inside">
<p class="none"><em>
Software is becoming more and more a fabric which permeates our
society. We are more and more unaware of the ways in which it
influences, sometimes forces our decisions.
That's why software freedom concerns
fundamentally and very concretely our society.
That's why I am convinced that groups like the FSFE are vital for
the evolution of a free society.</em>
<div align="right">Tomás Zerolo</div>
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src="../../graphics/paper.png" alt="Picture of a paper" widht="20" height="20" style="vertical-align:baseline" />Read full interview</a></div>
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<em> I support the FSFE because it's totally
worth it. Its community is strong and very knowledgeable on a wide
range of topics, so contributing to its mission is a good way to help
the Free Software movement. </em>
<div align="right">Vincent Lequertier</div>
<div align="left"><a href="lequertier/lequertier.html"><img
src="../../graphics/paper.png" alt="Picture of a paper" widht="20"
height="20" style="vertical-align:baseline" />Read full
interview</a></div> <div align="left"><a
href="lequertier/lequertier.html#video-30s-lequertier"><img
src="../../graphics/mic.png" alt="Picture of a microphone" widht="20"
height="20" style="vertical-align:baseline" />Watch "The FSFE and me in
30 seconds"</a> </div>
</p>
</div>
</blockquote>
<blockquote id="müller">
<a href="müller/müller.html"><img class="avatar-left" src="müller/müller.jpg" alt="A photographic portrait" title="Reinhard Müller"/>
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<em>"I a world where software influences virtually every single aspect of
our lives, Free Software is a precondition for a free society."
<br />
<br />
<br /> </em>
<div align="right">Reinhard Müller</div>
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<p class="none"><em>
Free Software has many practical advantages
for businesses, education and the public sector,
but most importantly it should be considered as a human right.
I became a fellow of the FSFE to help
make that point - why Free Software is so important
for a lively democratic society and for every one of us.</em>
<div align="right">Erik Grun</div>
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src="../../graphics/paper.png" alt="Picture of a paper" widht="20" height="20" style="vertical-align:baseline" />Read full interview</a></div>
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<div class="inside">
<p class="none"><em>
<br />
<br />
Here should be Olgas testimonial
<br /><br /><br />
</em>
<div align="right">Olga Gkotsopoulou</div>
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<h1>Interview with Vincent Lequertier</h1>
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<br />
<p class="about">
<i>"I'm Vincent Lequertier, I'm 23 years old and I'm passionate about computer 
science, artificial intelligence and cryptography. I love learning new things, 
reading, traveling and listening to music."</i>
</p>
<br />
</blockquote>
<div class="interview">
<p class="question">What made you interested in the FSFE and motivated to
support it?</p>
<p>My first experience with Free 
Software was with <a href="https://www.cacti.net/" target="_blanc">Cacti</a>,
a monitoring software I used to get health reports 
and bandwidth usage from network switches. I remember how excited I was when I 
discovered that I can easily modify the source code of the software, fix bugs, 
add features and customize it to fit my needs. Then I got involved in the 
Mozilla community and started to contribute to the Firefox web browser. I 
discovered FSFE last year when I was looking for an internship in a NGO that 
supported Free Software. I already knew FSFE existed  at that time, but I did 
not contribute to it. So I applied to the <a href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/internship.en.html">internship program</a> of FSFE. You can 
do that too, it's great.
</p>
<p class="question">Beyond supporting the FSFE, you also engage as a volunteer. What are
you doing for FSFE?
</p>
<p>I am a part of the <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Teams/System-Hackers">System Hackers team</a>.
The team is responsible for the 
technical infrastructure of the FSFE. That includes, for example, mailing 
lists, Git server or <a href="https://savecodeshare.eu">savecodeshare.eu</a> website. I work mostly on the 
services deployed on lund.fsfeurope.org, both on the software that hosts them 
and the services themselves, where I make sure everything is running smoothly, 
relevant to the FSFE's mission and the users' needs. 
<br />
I also contribute to the 'Public Money, Public Code!' campaign in various ways. 
</p>
<p class="question">What is the most fun part about engaging for FSFE?
</p>
<p>The best part for me is being able to look around and see how everything
works. As a member of System Hackers team, nothing is hidden away from your
sight. Everything is built in the open way (while still being secure of course!),
you can go through all the code, help each other. That makes contributing fun
to me.
</p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite FSFE campaign at the moment?
</p>
<p>
My favorite campaign is <a href="https://publiccoude.eu" targe="_blanc">"Public Money, Public Code!"</a>. The campaign raises
issues I had never asked myself before, but makes perfect sense to me now. When I
discovered the campaign, I was wondering why we need to do it, why in public
administrations software isn't built in an open way that allows to work
together. In Europe, by design, a lot of countries have similar regulations and
needs, so why should they reinvent the wheel so many times? On the other hand,
by using Free Software people would be able to trust public administrations
more, for example by knowing exactly how their children will be affected in
schools, or how the amount of tax they have to pay will be calculated. So I
like this campaign a lot because, in my opinion, it is helpful for everybody and
is truly making a difference.
</p>
<p class="question">Does it make a difference if Artificial Intelligence is based on Free Software?
</p>
<p>
Yes, absolutely! I will even go as far as saying that Artificial Intelligence
based on non-free software is not usable. AI is not a solved problem. Far from
it. You must use Free Software to inspect what the AI-based software does.
Understanding how Artificial Intelligence is working is hard enough already,
so we need to have all the source code and help available to grasp it. This is
why all popular Deep Learning (a subpart of Artificial Intelligence) libraries
are Free Software. For example <a href="https://tensorflow.org/" target="_blanc">Tensorflow</a>,
<a href="https://keras.io/" target="_blanc">Keras</a>, <a href="https://pytorch.org/" target="_blanc">Pytorch</a>, etc.
<br />
All the others benefits of Free Software also make a difference for AI: the
ability to share the source code stimulates innovation, ensures the software can
be made secure and prevent it from being locked-down.
<br />
You can read more about Free software and Deep Learning in my recent <a href="https://skysymbol.noblogs.org/post/2018/09/10/on-deep-learning-and-free-software">blog post.</a>
</p>
<p class="question">In one sentence: What is the biggest benefit of Free Software?
</p>
<p>The biggest benefit of Free Software is trust, because you know you're in
control of technology when you can understand it, improve it and share it with
everyone.
</p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite Free Software?
</p>
<p>My favorite Free Software is <a href="https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/" target="_blanc">Firefox</a>. It's a web browser developed by the
Mozilla foundation and its community. I like it because it allows you to browse
the web in a way that respects your privacy, and it's fast and secure. Being
Free Software, everyone can use it, improve it and request new features. In my
opinion it's a great example of why Free Software is successful: the
development model makes the control of the software by a single actor
impossible and guarantees that software serves the user, not the interests of
private companies. Firefox has been around for 15 years and I'm sure this is
largely due to its licensing.
</p>
<p class="question">Is there anything you believe the FSFE should improve or begin
working on next? Any wishes for the future?
</p>
<p>I think the FSFE should make it easier for people to contribute to the
technical infrastructure. Currently, volunteers have to go through some
complex steps to get involved, and I'm quite sure we are losing potential
contributors because of that. But I also think we're going to the right
direction with regard to this issue.
<br />
I hope the general trend toward Free Software in legislation continues.
</p>
<br/>
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<div class="video" id="video-30s-lequertier">
<h1 style="padding-top:2em"><em>"The FSFE and me in 30 seconds"</em> with Vincent Lequertier</h1>
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For creating this video following Free Software has been used:
<a href="https://kdenlive.org/" target="_blanc">kdenlive</a>,
<a href="https://blender.org/" target="_blanc">blender</a>,
<a href="https://lmms.io/" target="_blanc">LMMS</a>,
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<h1>Interview with Reinhard Müller</h1>
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<p class="about">
<em>"I'm a self-employed software developer living in the westernmost part of
Austria.
Back in the 1990s, I worked with several proprietary flavours of Unix in
my job, so it was only a matter of time for me to stumble over
GNU/Linux. My first contact must have been in 1998 or 1999, and I
remember how the concept of Free Software made me curious about the
ideas behind it. A friend pointed me to <a href="https://www.gnu.org/" target="_blanc">www.gnu.org</a>, and I read
literally every single article I could find there. After that, it was
clear for me that I absolutely agree with that philosophy and want to
engage for it."</em>
</p>
</blockquote>
<div class="interview">
<p class="question">What made you interested in the FSFE and motivated to
support it?</p>
<p>
After deciding that I want to get involved in the Free Software
movement, I spent a few months looking for a specific project or
activity I would engage in. Just at that time, I read the announcement
that the Free Software Foundation Europe is going to be founded, and I
decided to make it one of the options to look at closer. And well, I got
stuck to it.
</p>
<p class="question">In your engagement as a volunteer, what are you doing for FSFE?
</p>
<p>
Currently, I'm mainly FSFE's accountant. I also maintain some lesser
parts of FSFE's internally used software. However, sometimes I feel the
urge to break free from my keyboard and screen, and then I participate
in the FSFE booth team at events like FOSDEM or Grazer Linuxtage. 
</p>
<p class="question">What is the most fun part about engaging for FSFE?
</p>
<p>
Without any doubt, it's the people. It can be very rewarding to see all
these smaller or larger victories in our fight for freedom in a digital
society, or to break a T-shirt sales record at FOSDEM. But to be allowed
to work with the motivated group of dedicated and smart people, who are the FSFE,
that's simply priceless.
</p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite FSFE campaign at the moment?
</p>
<p>
"I ♥ Free Software" has been my favourite campaign ever since it
started. It's such a positive message, and it is all about appreciation
and respect, which is so important these days.
</p>
<p class="question">As a long-term member of FSFE, what do you believe is one fundamental thing FSFE should always carry on doing?
</p>
<p>
The FSFE has a tradition of sending out positive messages, and I think
that's one of the main reasons for its success. Don't complain, change!
Don't be *against* the status quo, be *for* a change! Don't criticise,
help improving!
</p>
<p class="question">In one sentence: What is the biggest benefit of Free Software?
</p>
<p>It allows me (and everybody else) to exploit the virtually unlimited
possibilities of that great invention called "computer", just as I like.
</p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite Free Software?
</p>
<p>The Free Software culture is a culture of cooperation. People build upon
each other's work, in most cases even without ever having met or
talked. This creates a whole universe of components which you can then
arrange and use as you like. The question about the favourite Free
Software is a bit like asking "what is your favourite LEGO brick?"; it
is the countless possibilities this universe of components gives me that
makes me really love Free Software.
<br />
But well, since you asked anyway: Python.
</p>
<p class="question">Is there anything you believe the FSFE should improve or begin
working on next? Any wishes for the future?
</p>
<p>The FSFE has become very professional over the last years. The
organisation meanwhile has a number of dedicated full-time employees,
and virtually every activity of the FSFE is coordinated by one of them.
This has contributed a lot to FSFE's success, and most of the things
FSFE does now would never be possible with purely volunteer work.
<br />
We have now reached a point where we (and yes, that includes myself!)
must pay constant attention to keep existing and potential volunteers
involved in our work. We must help people all across Europe to
understand how they can participate in our activities, how their
personal engagement makes a change, and how there are so many different
ways for them to be an integral part of a strong and powerful FSFE.
</p>
<br/>
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<h1>Interview with André Ockers</h1>
<blockquote>
<img class="avatar" src="ockers.jpg" alt="A photographic portrait" width="150" height="150" title="André Ockers" />
<br />
<p class="about">
<i>"Hi, I'm André Ockers from Nijmegen. I started using Free Software
in 2004 to switch to a Free Software operating system in 2009. In 2014
I was searching for online user and support groups and this way I found
out about FSFE and joined immediately."</i>
</p>
</blockquote>
<div class="interview">
<p class="question">What made you interested in the FSFE and motivated to become a
supporter?</p>
<p>When there is serious social pressure to do something in a certain
way (for example: “you should use proprietary software”) without
substantial reasoning behind it then it is time to find like-minded
people to connect and work together. </p>
<p class="question">Beyond supporting the FSFE, you also engage as a volunteer. What are
you doing for FSFE?
</p>
<p>I'm translating web content to Dutch, informing people in FSFE
booths, spreading the word about Free Software and participating in
community events. </p>
<p class="question">What is the most fun part about engaging for FSFE?
</p>
<p> The most fun part about engaging for FSFE is, in my mind, meeting
real people and exchanging substantial information about relevant
issues. These can be anything from rooting your cell phone, to learning
Git, to understanding Free Software based business, to speaking up for
the use of open standards in public organisations. </p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite FSFE campaign at the moment?
</p>
<p>
My favourite FSFE campaign at the moment is Public Money Public
Code, as it draws attention to the fact that when policy makers
choose Free Software, the people win: public costs go down and it
is good news for local businesses and the local labour market. The
city of Barcelona has understood this, so they're now the ones
moving forward. Other public organisations can watch and learn.
</p>
<p class="question">How is the Free Software movement doing in the Netherlands?
</p>
<p> The Free Software movement in the Netherlands is volatile, with the
long-term trend in the direction of more adoption of the idea of Free
Software. The Dutch government wants to enable the public sector to
publish software as Free Software. And five times a year we run a FSFE
booth in the Netherlands and it feels good when people walk away
inspired. </p>
<p class="question">In one sentence: What is the biggest benefit of Free Software?
</p>
<p>In my mind, the biggest benefit of Free Software is that it empowers its users.
</p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite Free Software?
</p>
<p>The software that I use most must be Icedove, for email, tasks and
agenda. And I'm happy with GnuPG, F-Droid, Replicant, LibreOffice… </p>
<p class="question">Is there anything you believe the FSFE should improve or begin
working on next? Any wishes for the future?
</p>
<p>I think FSFE is doing a great job. There can be more information
exchange, e.g. in the FSFE wiki. Around me I hear people who don't know
where to start, so maybe there can be made some progress in that area,
for example by providing printable wiki techdoc's for beginners and
advanced users alike. Users must be running into the same challenges at
a lot of places at the same time.</p>
<br />
</div>
<div class="center">
<div class="video">
<h1 id="video-30s-ockers" style="padding-top:2em"><em>"The FSFE and me in 30 seconds"</em> with André Ockers</h1>
</div>
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<figcaption><p> Video by David Vagt <br />
Recorded at the Libre Software Meeting/Reecontres Mundial de Logiciel Libre 2018
in Strasbourg, France. <br />
For creating this video following Free Software has been used:
<a href="https://kdenlive.org/" target="_blanc">kdenlive</a>,
<a href="https://blender.org/" target="_blanc">blender</a>,
<a href="https://lmms.io/" target="_blanc">LMMS</a>,
<a href="https://audacityteam.org/" target="_blanc">Audacity</a> and
<a href="https://ffmpeg.org/" target="_blanc">ffmpeg</a>
</p></figcaption>
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<h1>Interview with Florian Snow</h1>
<blockquote>
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<p class="about">
<em>"My name is Florian Snow, I live in Nürnberg, work as a programmer, and I
became interested in Free Software around 1999, but from a purely
technological perspective. Back then, I still thought there was a Free
operating system called Linux, I believed the Mac was generally the same
as "Linux", and a little bit later, I thought Open Source was a cool
idea. Since then, I have learned a lot, found out about differences and
shared interests between Free Software and Open Source, I now know about
the GNU operating system with Linux as its kernel, and I have become
more and more involved in the community."</em>
</p>
</blockquote>
<div class="interview">
<p class="question">What made you interested in the FSFE and motivated to become a supporter?</p>
<p> I knew the Free Software Foundation and to be honest, I was unsure what
to think about the FSFE at first. So I became an FSF associate member
and engaged as a volunteer with them. It was actually after a talk by
Richard Stallman in 2012 that I decided to support the FSFE. I simply
realized that the two organizations complemented each other incredibly
well and that I should also support the organization that is more
focused on Europe. When I reveived my welcome letter, Matthias
Kirschner who was the German and Fellowship coordinator at the time had
hand-written a little note at the bottom that he was hoping to meet in
person soon. He also encouraged me to post some of the work I did for
the FSF to FSFE mailing lists as well and that is how my engagement
started.
</p>
<p class="question"> Beyond supporting the FSFE, you also engage as a volunteer. What are
you doing for the FSFE?</p>
<p>I am the deputy coordinator of the German team, the coordinator for the
local group in Franconia, I am part of the German translator team, the
wiki caretakers team, the PR team, I often help with videos and
subtitles, and I assist at FSFE booths. Those are the biggest things I
regularly do. </p>
<p class="question"> What is the most fun part about engaging for the FSFE?
</p>
<p>
I love the welcoming culture at the FSFE. Whenever I have a halfway
decent idea, I get to do it. The only requirement is that I will either
do the work myself or am willing to coordinate others to work on it. It
feels good to be able to actively work for Free Software in such an
unbureaucratic way. </p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite FSFE campaign at the moment?
</p>
<p>For me, it is still <a href="https://fsfe.org/campaigns/ilovefs/" target="_blanc">"I love Free Software"</a>. It only happens once a
year, but there are so many cool graphics around it and it draws a lot
of public attention. It is also a campaign that shows that we can be
fun and even a bit goofy as a community and I love that because I can be
quite goofy myself. </p>
<p class="question">Is there anything you believe the FSFE should improve or begin
working on next? Any wishes for the future?
</p>
<p> I think the FSFE is generally on a good path with it's campaigns to
promote Free Software. The one thing we and any organization with a
similar structure always needs to pay attention to is how to engage
volunteers and keep them motivated. The FSFE consists of mostly
volunteers and the more consistently we can engage people, the more good
work we can do. We need to continue our efforts here to keep entry
barriers low, avoid frustration, and let people work on interesting
tasks. </p>
<p class="question">You are the most active volunteer for PMPC campaign, you are Deputy
Coordinator Germany and Coordinator Franconia and you do not mind
driving hundreds of kilometers to support a booth-team if you see
necessary. What is your secret superpower and can we have access to
it too? </p>
<p> I think that may be too much praise. In any of the positions you
mentioned, there are so many other volunteers involved that make great
contributions that all I do at times, is tweak a suggestion a little.
So I would pass on that praise to all of our other great volunteers.
<br />
In regards to the superpower, I would have to name my bad conscience
that I might not be doing enough. In all seriousness though, I know
that it is important for volunteers to avoid burn-out and so not taking
on too much and taking breaks is important. Still, there is always the
drive to spend more time on this important cause and that, in
combination with meeting other wonderful volunteers at events such as
RMLL or FOSDEM and in personal visits is what keeps me going.</p>
<p class="question">In one sentence: What is the biggest benefit of Free Software?</p>
<p>The four freedoms that allow you to be independent of a specific entity:
You choose and adapt the best-suited software and then independently
choose services from a whole range of offers. </p>
<p class="question">What is your favourite Free Software?</p>
<p>
That's a tough one. I love <em>VLC</em> because it plays anything you throw at
it, I love <em>Inkscape</em>, <em>Emacs</em>, <em>Firefox</em>, <em>Audacity</em>, <em>Krita</em>, and so many more.
So perhaps I can cheat a little bit and name Debian as my favorite Free
Software. Debian is absolutely reliable and trustworthy and I could not
do my work or my volunteer tasks nearly as consistently without it.
</p>
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