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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - July 2014</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter – July 2014</h1>
  8. <h2>Privacy café: e-mail encryption as the main course!</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">Imagine you take some friends to a café, but instead of hot and cold
  10. beverages, the menu features information on measures of ensuring digital
  11. privacy. Like "https everywhere" as a starter, "GnuPG e-mail encryption" for
  12. the main course, and "" (information about terms of services) as
  13. dessert. Such cafés already exist in the Netherlands. At the German speaking
  14. FSFE meeting in Essen, Felix Stegerman, our Deputy Coordinator Netherlands,
  15. presented his plans to set up more privacy cafés and why he thinks it is the
  16. right time and a good opportunity for Free Software to do so in other places as
  17. well.</p>
  18. <p>The reason is that most of the people that go to a privacy café are already
  19. aware of issues around privacy and freedom. But it gives local volunteers a
  20. good opportunity to talk about Free Software, and the importance of using Free
  21. Software for privacy issues. For example, by asking the participants &quot;who
  22. controls the software?" Read <a
  23. href="">Felix's
  24. blog post for more details about the cafés and future plans</a>.</p>
  25. <h2>E-mail self-defence goes multilingual</h2>
  26. <p>Good information material about encryption and Free Software is crucial for
  27. the privacy cafés just mentioned. Fortunately, our sister organisation, the
  28. FSF, published <a href="">the e-mail
  29. self-defence guide</a> and volunteers translated the guide and the infographic
  30. in 6 other languages: English, German, Brazilian Portuguese, French,
  31. Russian, Turkish, and Japanese. This guide explains the installation of the
  32. necessary programs for e-mail encryption under GNU/Linux, MacOS, and Microsoft
  33. Windows as well as the key generation, the web of trust and the usage of those
  34. programs. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection, an email
  35. account, and about half an hour. For information how you can help to spread
  36. information about e-mail self-defence, see this edition's &quot;get
  37. active&quot; section.</p>
  38. <h2>What to use instead of WhatsApp and Threema?</h2>
  39. <p>"How can I encrypt my e-mail" was one of the most common questions we
  40. received in the last months. Thanks to the e-mail self-defence guide we now
  41. have a good answer. Another questions about encryption and privacy we were
  42. asked frequently was: "is there a secure and free WhatsApp alternative?"</p>
  43. <p>WhatsApp is a messaging program for mobiles that allows you to send
  44. (text) messages free-of-charge. After WhatsApp's recent acquisition by Facebook
  45. and in the face of the NSA revelations, many WhatsApp users are looking
  46. for secure and trustworthy alternatives.</p>
  47. <p>Because this effects so many people, we at the Free Software Foundation
  48. Europe would like to be able to promote an alternative that respects your
  49. freedom and privacy. Therefore we decided to do some research and to hold a
  50. workshop on WhatsApp alternatives during our latest FSFE team meeting in Essen.
  51. Hannes Hauswedell and Torsten Grote <a
  52. href="">summarised
  53. the results</a>.</p>
  54. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  55. <ul>
  56. <li>Local group activities: FSFE had professional outdoor booths at the <a
  57. href="">vegan
  58. summer festival in Vienna</a>, as well as <a
  59. href="">at
  60. Corso Leopold in Munich</a>. At the Free Software meeting in Athens FSFE's
  61. our local group discussed how to build your own home server. Nikos Roussos
  62. documented <a
  63. href="">how to setup a
  64. home server with Fedora and Beagle Bone Black</a>. Our local group in Frankfurt
  65. <a
  66. href="">focused
  67. on crypto topics</a>, and Hugo Roy, coordinator of local group in Paris, <a
  68. href="">gave
  69. a talk at the local Ubuntu party</a>.</li>
  70. <li>"Free Software needs a strong community. If we fail to attract everyone
  71. willing to work for Free Software, we’re shooting ourselves in the foot." <a
  72. href="">wrote
  73. Karsten Gerloff in his blog post "Four social rules for a 'No Asshole
  74. Zone'"</a>. Our local group coordinators have a similar discussion, and started
  75. <a href="">with a code of conduct
  76. for FSFE's discussions</a>. We are interested in your feedback on the pad.</li>
  77. <li>The Free Software community now has 33 supporters in the European
  78. Parliament. All of them <a
  79. href="">signed the Free
  80. Software pact for the European elections</a>, and we are sure there will be
  81. times in which we will remind them of the promise they have given, and ask
  82. them to support our cause.</li>
  83. <li>Our president Karsten Gerloff was <a
  84. href="">delivering
  85. a keynote at the European Christian Internet Conference</a>. Afterwards he was
  86. asked by a pastor to <a
  87. href="">comment
  88. on a draft strategy to move the churches in his region towards Free Software,
  89. which Karsten did</a>.</li>
  90. <li>From 7 to 8 June 2014 Fundația Ceata, an associated organisation of FSFE,
  91. organised the second Coliberator conference in Bucharest. At the first edition
  92. FSFE president Karsten Gerloff gave the keynote, and at this edition it was the
  93. Richard Stallman, president of FSF. The first batch of talks are already
  94. published <a href="">on the conference's
  95. website</a>.</li>
  96. <li>Guido Arnold provides the <a
  97. href="">news
  98. from Free Software in education - May 2014</a>.</li>
  99. <li>Public administration: Joinup reports that <a
  100. href="">the
  101. complexity of proprietary software licences is encouraging the uptake of Free
  102. Software in the Greater London Authority</a>, that the <a
  103. href="">Extremadura
  104. health care has switched to Free Software</a>, and that the German city of <a
  105. href="">Leipzig
  106. already migrated 2792 of the city's 4300 workstations to the Free Software
  107. office suites Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice</a>. They expect &quot;that in
  108. the first five years the anticipated savings will be swallowed by the exit
  109. costs associated with the proprietary software used by the city.&quot;</li>
  110. <li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>:</li>
  111. <ul>
  112. <li>More female speakers at the conference and ATMs running GNU/Linux. Torsten
  113. was giving a <a
  114. href="">talk about
  115. Free Your Android at FISL in Brazil</a>.</li>
  116. <li>Under the slogan "your data at the intelligence services" the German
  117. Humanistische Union organised a "blog parade", asking organisations to
  118. participate with a blog post. Erik Albers wrote a post <a
  119. href="">"Protection
  120. against surveillance through encryption with Free Software" (in
  121. German)</a>.</li>
  122. <li>The Randa Meetings, a collection of sprints that make KDE software better
  123. needs your help for this year's edition. <a
  124. href="">Mario Fux
  125. asks everyone to spread the word, help, donate and/or support
  126. them</a>.</li>
  127. <li>Hugo Roy lists some <a href="">"awesome
  128. tools" he uses but are little known</a>.</li>
  129. <li>Bdale Garbee wrote about <a
  130. href="">TeleGPS, an
  131. easy-to-use tracking-only board providing GPS location</a>.</li>
  132. <li>Photography: Hannes started to <a
  133. href="">publish
  134. a photo of the month</a>, edited with the Free Software Darktable, and Paul
  135. Boddie explains how he was <a
  136. href="">tuning digiKam’s picture
  137. previews</a>.</li>
  138. <li>Björn Schießle describes <a
  139. href="">how
  140. to integrate the todo list software "ToDo.txt" into Claws Mail</a>.</li>
  141. <li>Former FSFE employee Sam Tuke explains <a
  142. href="">how
  143. to backup multiple e-mail accounts automatically on GNU/Linux</a>.</li>
  144. </ul>
  145. </ul>
  146. <h2>Get active: Spread the e-mail self-defence guide!</h2>
  147. <p><a href="">The FSF's e-mail self-defence
  148. guide</a> and the corresponding <a
  149. href="">infographic</a> is
  150. good material to explain e-mail encryption to wider audience. For some time now
  151. FSFE <a
  152. href="/contribute/spreadtheword.html#promo-material">ships
  153. Free Software information materials to activists</a>. Beside general
  154. information about Free Software, Open Standards, Digital Restrictions
  155. Management, or F-Droid, we would like to distribute the infographic in
  156. future.</p>
  157. <p>Before we print a larger amount and ship it to <a
  158. href="/about/localteams.html">our local groups</a> and other activists around
  159. Europe, we would like you to test the infographics with friends, family and
  160. colleagues. Try to find out if they have problems understanding some parts and
  161. <a href="/contact/community.html">use our public discussion lists</a>, so that
  162. we--together with our sister organisation--can modify them if necessary.</p>
  163. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>, <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  164. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  165. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
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