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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - December 2014</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter – December 2014</h1>
  8. <h2>More demand from the EU institutions</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">The new European Commission is currently setting the direction of its policy
  10. making for the coming five years. The FSFE is in frequent contact with
  11. Commission staff, who currently see open doors for Free Software in Brussels.
  12. We want to make sure to use this momentum to push for changes on software
  13. procurement, standardisation, and device sovereignty. So our president Karsten
  14. Gerloff participated in several meetings.</p>
  15. <p>In November the European Parliament (EP) organised a conference to inform
  16. members of the parliament about the IT services available to them. It featured
  17. a panel discussion led by Adina Valean, the new EP Vice President in charge of
  18. ICT, with a contribution from Giancarlo Villela, the director of the EP’s IT
  19. department. After the panel discussion, Karsten got the chance to <a
  20. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2014/11/19/free-software-for-the-european-parliament-fsfe-comments-at-dg-itec-forum/">contribute
  21. a few brief remarks about the EU institution’s live streams, DebianParl, and
  22. vendor lock-in</a>.</p>
  23. <p>In the beginning of December Karsten was again at the Parliament, this time
  24. at a <a
  25. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2014/12/04/workshop-on-open-standards-for-ict-procurement/">workshop
  26. on “Open Standards for ICT procurement”</a>. The real value of those events, as
  27. so often, was in the people who are there. The workshop provided an opportunity
  28. for the small community pushing Free Software and Open Standards in procurement
  29. to meet and share updates. So in the future we can push together with them for
  30. positive changes.</p>
  31. <h2>There is no cloud just other people’s computers</h2>
  32. <p>Another event Karsten participated in was the presentation of the report on
  33. “cloud” computing and interoperability by the Brussels-based lobby organisation
  34. ECIS’s. Karsten documented the meeting in <a
  35. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2014/11/14/some-common-sense-recommendations-on-cloudy-computing/">his
  36. blog post “Some common-sense recommendations on cloudy computing”</a>.</p>
  37. <p>Just a few days later our new <a
  38. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/new-stickers-and-leaflets-no-cloud-and-e-mail-self-defense/">“there
  39. is no cloud just other people’s computers”-stickers arrived in our office</a>.
  40. We received lots of positive feedback about the stickers, and now added them to
  41. our <a
  42. href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/spreadtheword.html#promo-material">promo
  43. packs</a>. We are planning to have some more merchandise with this slogan ready
  44. for our booth at FOSDEM from 31 January to 1 February 2015 in Brussels.</p>
  45. <h2>Progress with “email self-defence” leaflets</h2>
  46. <p>Beside the new stickers, you can now also order new leaflets, to promote our
  47. sister organisation’s “email self-defence guide”. Originally we produced this
  48. leaflet in German for the annual Berlin “freedom not fear” demonstration in
  49. September. Afterwards volunteers all over Germany <a
  50. href="/contribute/spreadtheword.html#promo-material">ordered</a> and
  51. distributed them. For example, one cinema gave out a leaflet for everybody who
  52. bought a ticket for the Snowden documentary “Citizienfour”. Meanwhile we had to
  53. reorder the German version for a third time and since the end of November we
  54. have been sending out the English version to Free Software supporters
  55. throughout Europe.</p>
  56. <p>In the next weeks our <a
  57. href="/contribute/translators/translators.html">translators</a> and <a
  58. href="/contribute/designers/designers.html">designers</a> will finalise a
  59. Chinese, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, and a Spanish version. For 2015 we
  60. want to enable local Free Software supporters to distribute this and other
  61. leaflets at libraries, universities, schools, cinemas, companies, restaurants
  62. and cafes, shops and in other places.</p>
  63. <h2>FSFE’s translators: they are just awesome</h2>
  64. <p>This brings us to a badly needed thank you note. During the last 12 months
  65. we published the newsletter monthly. Two of the editions were written by our
  66. volunteer Heiki ”Repentinus” Ojasild, so your editor could enjoy his vacation.
  67. Our newsletter was available in 6 languages on average (lowest 4 languages
  68. highest 9 languages). We had newsletters in Albanian, Dutch, English, French,
  69. German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, and Spanish.</p>
  70. <p>Your editor is proud to work in a team with such dedicated volunteers. They
  71. translate the newsletter, the leaflets mentioned above, plus other FSFE news.
  72. They enable more people around the world to read about Free Software in their
  73. mother tongue, and are therefore a crucial part of the FSFE. So your editor
  74. would like to deeply thank our <a
  75. href="/contribute/translators/translators.html">growing translators team</a>
  76. for this important work.</p>
  77. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  78. <ul>
  79. <li>The year is almost over, and it is reporting season. <a
  80. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2014/12/01/preview-what-fsfe-did-in-2014/">Our
  81. president published a sneak preview of things we achieved in 2014</a> covering
  82. our work on: public procurement, the Free Software pact, compulsory routers,
  83. improving information material, informing about “trusted computing” and “Secure
  84. Boot”, organising Document Freedom Day, answering legal questions, as well as
  85. our participation events such as workshops, panel discussions, or organising
  86. booths.</li>
  87. <li>In the last newsletter we asked you to help the FixMyDocuments campaign.
  88. With the support they received, they have now <a
  89. href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/node/110097">compiled a list of over 15,000
  90. editable documents from the European institutions not available in the Open
  91. Document Format</a>.</li>
  92. <li>WhatsApp adopted a secure end-to-end encryption method developed for the Free
  93. Software app TextSecure. Torsten Grote takes a look at <a
  94. href="http://blog.grobox.de/2014/whatsapp-end-to-end-encryption-federation/">what
  95. that means for Free Software</a>.</li>
  96. <li>Local events: FSFE had a <a
  97. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/flx/2014/11/11/t-dose-2/">booth at T-Dose in the
  98. Netherlands</a>. Our Dutch Fellows organised the booth together, Kevin Keijzer
  99. gave a talk about “Discrimination of Free Software (users) in education”,
  100. Maurice Verheesen spoke about “Digital Sovereignty For Europe”, and Felix
  101. Stegerman talked about <a
  102. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/flx/2014/11/09/my-t-dose-talk-the-internet-of-things-opportunities-and-dangers/">the
  103. opportunities and dangers of the “Internet of Things”</a>. Beside that, our
  104. Berlin group organised a <a
  105. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/majestyx/2014/11/12/fiffkon-2014-leak/">booth at
  106. the FiFFkon</a> at the Technical University Berlin.</li>
  107. <li>Guido Arnold published a summary of <a
  108. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2014/11/free-software-in-education-news-october-2/">what
  109. happened in education throughout Europe during October</a>.</li>
  110. <li>The French Fellow Alexandre Keledjian published <a
  111. href="https://github.com/dervishe-/f-droid-web/wiki">F-Droid-Web, a simple and
  112. lightweight web interface to F-Droid server</a>. It provides an easy way to add
  113. a new software repository to your mobile using qr-codes, and to browse the
  114. F-Droid catalogue by name, category, summary, license type, and
  115. description.</li>
  116. <li>From the <a href="http://planet.fsfe.org">planet
  117. aggregation</a>:</li>
  118. <ul>
  119. <li><a
  120. href="http://creative-destruction.me/2014/12/04/fsfe-needs-your-support-for-2015/">Mirko
  121. Böhm, FSFE Fellow and KDE community member, wrote about why you should support
  122. FSFE’s work</a>, which in his words is: to protect, explain, and organise the
  123. freedoms to use, study, share, and improve software.</li>
  124. <li>Daniel Pocock <a
  125. href="http://danielpocock.com/amnesty-detekt-false-sense-of-security">questions
  126. if Amnesty is giving spy victims a false sense of security</a>. In his post he
  127. provides a letter template to sent to Amnesty.</li>
  128. <li>“EOMA68” is an open electronic interface standard, designed to support
  129. the development of small computing devices. Nico Rikken wrote <a
  130. href="http://nicorikken.eu/blog/why-eoma68-will-advance-both-free-software-and-free-hardware/">why
  131. EOMA68 will advance both Free Software and free hardware</a>.</li>
  132. <li>Mario Fux explains how you <a
  133. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/mario/?p=257">can contribute as a non-developer to
  134. KDE</a>.</li>
  135. <li>Beside that we had some technical HowTos on the planet, including: Kevin
  136. Keijzer who reports from <a
  137. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/the_unconventional/2014/11/16/installing-ubuntu-without-proprietary-software/">his
  138. experience trying to install Ubuntu without proprietary software</a>.</li>
  139. <li>Hannes Hauswedell who wrote about <a
  140. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/h2/2014/11/04/encrypting-crons-daily-mail/">how to
  141. encrypt cron’s daily mail on FreeBSD</a>. His HowTo pertains to FreeBSD in
  142. particular, but he is “sure all you GNUsers out there will figure out the
  143. necessary changes”.</li>
  144. <li>Mirko Böhm who describes <a
  145. href="http://creative-destruction.me/2014/11/13/configure-your-gaming-mouse-on-linux/">how
  146. to configure a gaming mouse on GNU/Linux in a way that you can work and play at
  147. the machine</a>.</li>
  148. <li>And Max Mehl who is now running his own Git (a decentralised version
  149. control system) instance which also includes a <a
  150. href="http://blog.mehl.mx/2014/sharing-is-caring-my-git-instance/">script to
  151. delete all meta data from PDF files in a directory</a>.</li>
  152. </ul>
  153. </ul>
  154. <h2>Get active: Get a smartcard and support us</h2>
  155. <p>Next year, we will push harder than ever to weave software freedom into the
  156. fabric of our society. To enable us to intensify our work with the European
  157. Commission, to let more people know about Free Software, and to continue our
  158. other work <a href="/news/2014/news-20141203-01.html">we still need €190,000
  159. for 2015</a>.</p>
  160. <p>As an individual the best way to support the FSFE’s work financially is to
  161. <a href="/join/join.html">become a Fellow (a sustaining member of the
  162. FSFE)</a>. All Fellowship contributions directly benefit our work towards a
  163. free society.</p>
  164. <p>Fellows receive a state-of-the-art Fellowship smartcard which, together with
  165. the free GnuPG encryption software and a card reader, can be used to sign and
  166. encrypt e-mails, to securely log into a computer from a potentially insecure
  167. machine using SSH, or to store the user’s hard disk encryption keys. Since the
  168. encryption key is stored on the card itself, it is almost impossible to
  169. steal.</p>
  170. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>, <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a> and
  171. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  172. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="http://www.fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
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