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<h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter – June 2015</h1>
<h2>For whom the bell tolls?</h2>
On the first Wednesday of May, a coalition of digital liberties
organizations, including FSFE, and a multitude of individual activists
held the
<a href="">International Day Against DRM</a> 2015
to raise awareness about digital restrictions management, a pervasive
and deeply entrenched mechanism designed to plunder the citizenry of
the concept of ownership.
Along with numerous other defenders of consumer rights and digital
liberties we published
<a href="/news/2015/news-20150506-01.html">a statement asking
legislators to guarantee the traditional right to tinker</a> with our
property. This was necessitated by both the prior steady erosion of the
rights to repair and modify our belongings and the renewed push by
various manufacturing companies, like
<a href="">John Deere</a>, one of the largest
manufacturers of agricultural equipment, to deny their customers the
right to modify their own property in whatever way the customers wish,
using bad laws like the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which
forbid consumers to circumvent or remove certain defects from their
<h2>FSFE is looking for a systems architect</h2>
Due to sustained growth we have experienced in the last few years, our
infrastructure has developed into a state where it is no longer able to
fulfil our needs. Therefore, we are
<a href="/news/2015/news-20150527-01.html">looking for a systems architect</a>
to help us document our existing infrastructure dependencies, develop
this into a maintainable architecture, and help our system administrators
migrate our services to the new architecture.
If you have a good grasp of Free Software, creating technical
documentation, virtualization, MTAs, database servers, and web services
and you wish to help us ensure scalability and continued availability
of both Fellowship services and our internal tools, then
you are welcome to apply by contacting our Executive Director,
Jonas Öberg. This is your chance
to gain a deeper understanding of the technical challenges faced by our
volunteers and staff, and help us overcome these hurdles!
<h2>Something completely different</h2>
Guido Arnold, FSFE's edu-team coordinator, held a keynote at DORS/CLUC
in Zagreb about Free Software adoption in education throughout Europe
and wrote <a href="">a short post about it</a>.
Our President Karsten Gerloff has written a blog post explaining
<a href="">why Facebook's new option to
encrypt e-mail notifications using the OpenPGP standard is useless</a>.
The bottom line is that on Facebook you are the product and the new
“feature” will neither guard your data from overreaching law
enforcement nor advertisers willing to pay.
Our <a href="/associates/associates.html">associate</a>
<a href="">Fundaţia Ceata</a> is organizing a
conference called <a href="">Coliberator '15</a>
from June 6th to 7th in Bucharest, Romania. The conference has
featured our president Karsten Gerloff and the founder of the Free
Software movement, Richard M. Stallman, as keynote speakers during
previous editions.
<li>From the planet aggregation:</li>
Our Fellow Kevin Keijzer writes about
<a href="">liberating a Thinkpad T60p</a>
for another Fellow, André, who
<a href="">reviews the experience</a>.
Daniel Pocock is showing people how to
use Blender for video editing.
Max Mehl, a former intern, is writing about
<a href="">his current volunteering experience in Africa</a>.
Max offers a rather strange, but eye-opening perspective on the way
Tanzanians perceive technology.
<h2>Get active: call on legislators to oppose TTIP, CETA</h2>
This newsletter started with DRM; it will also end with DRM:
unscrupulous actors are attempting to use secretly negotiated trade
agreements TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and
CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) to make it extremely
difficult for future governments to get rid of current bans on
circumventing digital restrictions mechanisms. Instead, they would force
governments to impose ever-harsher penalties on anyone who dares to
tinker with their property.
We at FSFE would rather avoid that future. Hence, we are asking you to
contact your elected representatives both in the European parliament and
various legislative bodies throughout Europe and let them know that you
wish European laws to remain the province of European legislators. Ask
them to oppose
<a href="">secretly negotiated</a>
treaties; ask them to demand transparency and openness; and, most
importantly, do it now and tell your legislators about the things you
like to do with your possessions.
It would also be nice if you could tell them what you would be unable
to do if those secretive trade agreements were ratified, but you cannot:
we do not know the current state of the negotiations. This is quite
annoying, but despair not: most of our elected representatives are also
in the dark, and they are unlikely to enjoy it. This offers us a unique
opportunity to tune them against the deals before they are finalized
and presented for ratification: let us get our representatives to
oppose these deals while they can make a decision based on democratic
principles and need not yet decide whether the economic perks outweigh
the proposed harm to a free society.
Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>,
<a href="">Fellows</a> and
<a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our
work, <br/>
<a href="/about/people/repentinus">Heiki Lõhmus</a>,
<a href="/index.html">FSFE</a>
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