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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - November 2009</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - November 2009</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">November: another month full of activities and work to do for FSFE.
  9. Among other things we launched the Fellowship grant project, fought for
  10. Open Standards in the European public sector, had an excellent time at
  11. the FSCONS in Sweden, and participated in WIPO to ensure that Free
  12. Software principles are respected. To keep FSFE strong and independent,
  13. we have launched our year-end fund raising campaign: Cooking for Freedom.</p>
  14. <p align="right"><a href="mailto:poderi@fsfeurope.org">Giacomo Poderi</a></p>
  15. <h3>Table of Contents</h3>
  16. <ol>
  17. <li><a href="#1" name="TOC1">WIPO meeting on implementation of Development Agenda, Geneva, Switzerland, 16-20 Nov</a></li>
  18. <li><a href="#2" name="TOC2">Fellowship Jabber meeting: Free Software in Education</a></li>
  19. <li><a href="#3" name="TOC3">FSCONS 2009, Lindholmen, Sweden 13-15 Nov</a></li>
  20. <li><a href="#4" name="TOC4">The Nordic Free Software Award to Simon Josefson and Daniel Stenberg</a></li>
  21. <li><a href="#5" name="TOC5">FSFE takes action on the problems of the EIF v2</a></li>
  22. <li><a href="#6" name="TOC6">The Fellowship grants</a></li>
  23. <strong>In the spotlight</strong>
  24. <li><a href="#7" name="TOC7">FSFE calls for donations: Invest in freedom!</a></li>
  25. <strong>It happened in the past</strong>
  26. <li><a href="#8" name="TOC8">Launch of the Freedom Task Force</a></li>
  27. <strong>Upcoming events</strong>
  28. <li><a href="#9" name="TOC9">European "Open Source" and Free Software Law Event, Brussels, Belgium, 09 Dec</a></li>
  29. </ol>
  30. <p></p>
  31. <h3><a name="1"/>WIPO meeting on implementation of Development Agenda, Geneva, Switzerland, 16-20 Nov</h3>
  32. <p>Thanks to the consistent support by FSFE and other organisations, the
  33. World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Development Agenda is
  34. finally on the way to implementation. Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President,
  35. participated to the event in Geneva to help WIPO make use of Free
  36. Software and Open Standards. In the meeting, WIPO's member states
  37. discussed the mechanisms for monitoring the progress of WIPO's
  38. Development Agenda in practice.</p>
  39. <ul>
  40. <li><a href="http://www.fsfe.org/activities/wipo/wipo.html">http://www.fsfe.org/activities/wipo/wipo.html</a></li>
  41. </ul>
  42. <h3><a name="2"/>Fellowship Jabber meeting: Free Software in Education</h3>
  43. <p>On November 18, more than 25 Fellows joined a chat session to follow
  44. Thomas Jensch's introduction to the FSFE's Education project. Thomas
  45. talked about the general scope of the project and about specific
  46. challenges to be met before bringing to full active status the project,
  47. such as gathering information on the different European education
  48. systems, and developing good strategies for being effective also at the
  49. level of Universities. Afterwords, the Fellows asked questions and provided
  50. interesting feedbacks to Thomas.</p>
  51. <ul>
  52. <li><a href="http://www.fsfe.org/activities/education/education.html">http://www.fsfe.org/activities/education/education.html</a></li>
  53. </ul>
  54. <h3><a name="3"/>FSCONS 2009, Lindholmen, Sweden 13-15 Nov</h3>
  55. <p>The Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) which took place
  56. in Lindholmen, Göteborg, Sweden was a great success. FSFE's Swedish Team
  57. co-organised the event, and FSFE got a very friendly reception in an
  58. engaging atmosphere of Free Software, hackers and technology people.
  59. Martin Gollowitzer, deputy Fellowship coordinator, organised a OpenPGP
  60. Card Workshop, Matthias Kirschner, Fellowship coordinator, and Andreas
  61. Tolf Tolfsen moderated a workshop on the restructuring of our website.
  62. Hannes Hauswedell presented a talk about PDFreaders.org. Finally, Adrian
  63. de Groot and Karsten Gerloff held two sessions respectively about the
  64. Freedom Task Force and FSFE's work for the public sector.</p>
  65. <ul>
  66. <li><a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=380">http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=380</a></li>
  67. <li><a href="http://wiki.fsfe.org/FSCONS-FSFE">http://wiki.fsfe.org/FSCONS-FSFE</a></li>
  68. </ul>
  69. <h3><a name="4"/>The Nordic Free Software Award to Simon Josefson and Daniel Stenberg</h3>
  70. <p>This year, Nordic Free Software Award presented during FSCONS reflected
  71. the globalisation of the internet and the critical importance of network
  72. services for all software users. The award went to two excellent hackers:
  73. Simon Josefson and Daniel Stenberg. Simon is a member of the Fellowship
  74. and was rewarded for his long-lasting and excellent work on the network
  75. security packages GNUTLS and GNU Sishi of the GNU Project. Daniel's
  76. contributions to curl, libcurl and many other packages were considered
  77. crucial to the Free Software community.</p>
  78. <ul>
  79. <li><a href="http://fscons.org/award">http://fscons.org/award</a></li>
  80. <li><a href="http://blog.josefsson.org/2009/11/15/nordic-free-software-award-2009/">http://blog.josefsson.org/2009/11/15/nordic-free-software-award-2009/</a></li>
  81. </ul>
  82. <h3><a name="5"/>FSFE takes action on the problems of the EIF v2</h3>
  83. <p>Early this month, FSFE commented on a worrisome leaked draft of the
  84. European Interoperability Framework v2 (EIF). The current EIF serves as
  85. a cornerstones for interoperability in Europe. The draft for the second
  86. version is a clear step backwards. FSFE worked hard to prevent this
  87. document to be adopted by putting pressure on EU members states and by
  88. tracking the 'evolution' of the EIF v2 draft. We also published a press
  89. release explaining why the current version is unacceptable for Free
  90. Software and for the European IT sector.</p>
  91. <ul>
  92. <li><a href="http://www.fsfe.org/news/2009/news-20091127-01.html">http://www.fsfe.org/news/2009/news-20091127-01.html</a></li>
  93. <li><a href="http://www.fsfe.org/activities/os/eifv2.html">http://www.fsfe.org/activities/os/eifv2.html</a></li>
  94. </ul>
  95. <h3><a name="6"/>The Fellowship grants</h3>
  96. <p>This month FSFE launched an important initiative to award outstanding
  97. Free Software activists with Fellowship grants that will cover the
  98. Fellowship contribution for one year. Three grants each month will be
  99. assigned during the next 12 months. Everybody who is actively working for
  100. Free Software but cannot afford the Fellowship contribution can apply for
  101. the grant.</p>
  102. <ul>
  103. <li><a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/grant.en.html">http://fellowship.fsfe.org/grant.en.html</a></li>
  104. <li><a href="http://www.fsfe.org/news/2009/news-20091109-01.html">http://www.fsfe.org/news/2009/news-20091109-01.html</a></li>
  105. </ul>
  106. <h2>In the spotlight</h2>
  107. <h3><a name="7"/>FSFE calls for donations: Invest in freedom!</h3>
  108. <p>FSFE has been working for the Free Software community in Europe and
  109. beyond since 2001. Donations have always been crucial to sustain our
  110. work. They allow us to remain independent of any company or government,
  111. in order to do what is best for Free Software.</p>
  112. <p>In November we published a call for donations, so that the new year will
  113. find us ready to take on the many and demanding challenges of 2010.
  114. Karsten Gerloff published a letter explaining the reasons to donate to
  115. FSFE.</p>
  116. <p>This year, there is a special reward for the biggest donor of 2009.
  117. That person will share a cooking session with two people from FSFE's
  118. executive team. Software and cooking are both about creativity and
  119. freedom, and we are looking forward to an afternoon or evening of
  120. inspired discussions.</p>
  121. <p>If you believe in our work or you benefited from it, if you believe in
  122. Free Software principles and you want them to be defended: invest in
  123. freedom!</p>
  124. <ul>
  125. <li><a href="http://www.fsfe.org/news/2009/news-20091118-01.html">http://www.fsfe.org/news/2009/news-20091118-01.html</a></li>
  126. </ul>
  127. <p>Relevant links:</p>
  128. <ul>
  129. <li><a href="http://www.fsfe.org/donate/letter-2009.html">http://www.fsfe.org/donate/letter-2009.html</a></li>
  130. <li><a href="http://www.fsfe.org/donate/donate.html">http://www.fsfe.org/donate/donate.html</a></li>
  131. </ul>
  132. <h2>It happened in the past</h2>
  133. <h3><a name="8"/>Launch of the Freedom Task Force</h3>
  134. <p>After many preparations, in November 2006 we finally launched the Freedom
  135. Task Force (FTF). The project required sound planning and lot of efforts
  136. before it could be announced. In short time, thanks to Shane Coughlan's
  137. excellent work as the project's coordinator, the FTF became a key
  138. knowledge centre in Europe for Free Software licensing issues.</p>
  139. <ul>
  140. <li><a href="http://mail.fsfeurope.org/pipermail/press-release/2006q4/000162.html">Press Release</a></li>
  141. </ul>
  142. <h2>Upcoming events</h2>
  143. <h3><a name="9"/>European "Open Source" and Free Software Law Event, Brussels, Belgium, 09 Dec</h3>
  144. <p>Adriaan de Groot, FTF Coordinator, will hold a speech entitled "Use the
  145. Source -- but what is it?" at the European "Open Source" and Free
  146. Software Law Event (EOLE) on 9 December in Brussels.</p>
  147. <ul>
  148. <li><a href="http://eolevent.eu/">http://eolevent.eu/</a></li>
  149. </ul>
  150. <p></p>
  151. <p>You can find a list of all FSFE newsletters on</p>
  152. <a href="http://fsfe.org/news/newsletter.html">http://fsfe.org/news/newsletter.html</a>
  153. <p>You can join the Fellowship and find how to support us on</p>
  154. <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join</a>
  155. <a href="http://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute.html">http://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute.html</a>
  156. <p>You can order our merchandise at</p>
  157. <a href="http://fsfe.org/order/order.html">http://fsfe.org/order/order.html</a>
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