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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - September 2015</title>
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  8. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - September 2015</h1>
  9. <h2>FSFE supports users' control over their online data</h2>
  10. <p>Nowadays we use online services for everything and
  11. increasingly provide our data to them. However we also lose the control
  12. of our own data more than ever. Together with other organisations
  13. <a href="/news/2015/news-20150829-01.html">FSFE supports the
  14. publication of the User Data Manifesto 2.0</a> which promotes users'
  15. basic rights to control their data while using online services. According
  16. to the manifesto, users must control the access to their data, they have
  17. to know if their data is stored by the online services, and they have to
  18. be able to freely choose a platform without being forced to vendor lock-in.
  19. The manifesto is a good starting point for the debate about users' rights
  20. online, and FSFE looks forward to other organisations joining the effort
  21. to stand for online services that respect users' fundamental rights.</p>
  22. <h2>Compulsory routers: Another one bites the dust</h2>
  23. <p>The router, although often a device covered with dust in some corner
  24. at home, is an important part of your local network and phone. A lot of
  25. users in Germany do not own this device, although it stands in their home
  26. and they pay for its power. At least that is still the case. On August
  27. 12th, the German Federal Ministry of the Economy (BMWi) passed a reworked
  28. <a href=",property=pdf,bereich=bmwi2012,sprache=de,rwb=true.pdf">draft
  29. bill</a> that would free users from compulsory router lock-in. The draft ensures
  30. that internet users in Germany can use whatever routers they want to
  31. connect to the internet.</p>
  32. <p>The bill now has to be adopted by the Federal Parliament (Bundestag)
  33. and the Federal Assembly (Bundesrat). So far the comments concerned only
  34. a small formal ambiguity, but we have to make sure this law passes without
  35. any negative changes and that it is afterwards implemented. We have a
  36. <a href="/news/2015/news-20150902-01.html">detailed update</a>
  37. which also describes how you can help us in Germany at the moment!
  38. Besides that we <a href="/activities/routers/routers.html">summarised
  39. the issue</a> and we are
  40. <a href="/activities/routers/timeline.html">constantly
  41. updating our timeline</a> so in case this topic comes up in your country,
  42. you can reuse our arguments.</p>
  43. <h2>New German Coordinators and dissolving the German association</h2>
  44. <p><a href="">In his
  45. blog post your editor outlined</a> the process of streamlining the FSFE
  46. by dissolving the last remaining country chapter, known as the FSFE Chapter
  47. Germany e.V. This step was decided last year in November with the goal to
  48. remove some bureaucratic burdens associated with maintaining a legal
  49. entity. However as you can read in the article, dissolving an organisation
  50. is not as easy as it may sound; but we hope to complete this process in
  51. April of next year.</p>
  52. <p>FSFE is happy to announce that Max Mehl and Björn Schießle became the
  53. new coordinators of the German team last month, and from now on will
  54. hopefully not spend many hours per year dealing with bureaucracy. Both
  55. have been a part of FSFE for a long time now and have been helping us to
  56. achieve <a href="/about/mission.html">our goal to empower
  57. people to control technology</a>. Just recently, Björn wrote
  58. <a href="">an
  59. article on the German blog about the User Data Manifesto</a>
  60. (see above in English), and Max just published an update on compulsory
  61. routers as mentioned above, along with an
  62. <a href="">article
  63. on about it</a>.</p>
  64. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  65. <ul>
  66. <li>Paul Boddie started with the Fellowship interviews again:
  67. <a href="">he talked
  68. with Neil McGovern</a> who is a Fellow of the FSFE from the United Kingdom
  69. and the current Debian Project Leader.</li>
  70. <li>Hugo Roy, FSFE's deputy legal coordinator wrote
  71. <a href="">an
  72. article</a> (in French) about a copyright case between Skype and a French
  73. software company which decompiled parts of Skype in order to, allegedly,
  74. build a system interoperable with it. Interestingly enough, the court
  75. found that company's disclosure of the source code was illegal, but that
  76. using the code to build a new interoperable program was legal.</li>
  77. <li>FSFE has a new role in the
  78. <a href="/news/2015/news-20150817-01.en.html">Bacula project</a>.
  79. Over the coming months, the FSFE will wind down its previous role as a
  80. fiduciary for Bacula, effectively transferring its copyright to Kern.
  81. However, the FSFE will continue to work with Kern and contributors to
  82. ensure that Bacula will remain as Free Software, as per our original
  83. agreement.</li>
  84. <li>Next month FSFE will have a booth at the &quot;Rotlintstraßenfest&quot; in
  85. Frankfurt on 19 September and a booth at the &quot;Kieler Open Source
  86. and Linuxtage&quot; from 18-19 September.</li>
  87. <li>From the <a href="">planet aggregation</a>:</li>
  88. <ul>
  89. <li>Nikos Roussos was guided by Open Street Map during his vacations and
  90. afterwards he spent time to
  91. <a href="">improve
  92. the Open Street Map</a> with the data he gathered during his trip so
  93. everybody will benefit from it again.</li>
  94. <li>Daniel Pocock published <a href="">the
  95. second part</a> of his how-to about &quot;recording live events like a
  96. pro&quot;.</li>
  97. <li>Paul Boddie <a href="">commented
  98. on the new Fairphone</a> and wrote about his
  99. <a href="">passion</a> for
  100. microcomputer systems from the 1980s and his experience with PCB design.</li>
  101. <li>Mario Fux unveils the secret ingredient for the success of the
  102. <a href="">&quot;Randa Meetings&quot;</a> --
  103. the KDE meetings in the Swiss Alps -- which took place for the sixth
  104. time this year.</li>
  105. <li>On a more technical side Peter Bubestinger, FSFE's Austrian
  106. coordinator and technician at the National Video-Archive, wrote about
  107. <a href="">rescuing videotapes</a>.</li>
  108. <li>Kevin Keitzer wrote about some SSH magic in
  109. <a href="">&quot;Connecting
  110. to a server’s web interface over SSH&quot;</a>, and about
  111. <a href="">how
  112. to track airplanes and do other interesting things with &quot;software-defined
  113. radio on GNU/Linux&quot;</a>.</li>
  114. </ul>
  115. </ul>
  116. <h2>Get active: translate and improve translations of our mission statement</h2>
  117. <p>&quot;Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users
  118. to control technology. Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our
  119. lives. It is important that this technology empowers rather than restricts
  120. us. Free Software gives everybody the rights...&quot; That is how FSFE's
  121. recently updated <a href="/about/mission.html">mission
  122. statement starts</a>. We hope that it will help us to get more people to
  123. understand what we are doing. We already have translations into Albanian,
  124. Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, and Turkish.</p>
  125. <p>Please help us to <a href="/contribute/translators/translators.html">get
  126. more translations</a>, and to check the exisiting translations for easy
  127. readability for everybody.</p>
  128. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>,
  129. <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  130. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  131. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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