Read in our October newsletter about FSF's thirty-fifth anniversary, our upcoming participation at SFSCon, our technical job vacancy, and our other diverse community activities.
35 years ago, our sister organisation, the Free Software Foundation, was founded to work for users' freedoms to use, study, share, and improve software with the introductory line that "Our work will not be finished until every computer user is able to do all of their digital tasks in complete freedom". That is a promise that holds true even after thirty-five years of working for software freedom and inspiring countless people and many organisations to take a stand for user freedoms. The FSFE's President, Matthias Kirschner, recorded a congratulatory speech in which he reflected on the importance the FSF and our movement have had and continue to have over the years.
The South Tyrolean Conference for Free Software, SFScon, is one of the established annual conferences on Free Software in Europe. In recent years we have been represented with lectures, workshops and our information booth. Last year we also organised our Community Event in the context of SFSCON, so that we could meet our community and also many other interested people, and eventually reported about our work.
Due to the current situation, the 2020 edition of this event can only take place in blended mode: both online and at NOI Techpark, for a limited number of people. But of course, the FSFE is again contributing to the programme.
We have organised seven lectures in which legal issues are clarified and current political developments are analysed. Concrete practical questions concerning compliance, for example for SMEs, will be addressed, as well as questions about machine learning and problems which arise in the development of a "free" smartphone. Here you find more information on our track and the SFSCon2020
The biggest financial impact the FSFE faces in these times of physical distancing is the cancellation of Free Software conferences, including our own events. To keep the software freedom movement solid and alive, please consider donating a part of your conference budget to Free Software organisations, including the FSFE.
The FSFE is looking for a working student to support our work to empower people to control technology. The person will work 10 hours per week in the Berlin office (home office possible at a later stage) and will support the FSFE's technical infrastructure by working closely together with our system administrators. Deadline to apply is Sunday, 15 November 2020. Please share this with others you know who might be interested.
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Your editors, Erik Albers and Alexander Sander
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