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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - November 2015</title>
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  8. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - November 2015</h1>
  9. <h2 id="fsfe-to-eu-think-global-go-free-software">FSFE to EU: Think global, go Free Software!</h2>
  10. <p>In the end of October, FSFE
  11. <a href="/activities/policy/eu/digital-single-market-comments.en.html">provided its recommendations</a>
  12. to the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy, a roadmap
  13. for European policy in digital age aimed at bringing down regulatory barriers
  14. between 28 different national markets. In particular, the Commission has set goals to digitalise European industries, to develop standards for “the cloud”, “the Internet of Things”, and big data, and to further enhance digital education.</p>
  15. <p>FSFE believes that Free Software will help the EU to meet the goals
  16. set by the Commission. However, several barriers to unleash the full
  17. potential of Free Software still exist: in particular unharmonised
  18. exceptions to copyright protection, software patents, unrecognised rights
  19. of users to modify their property, and the danger of standard-essential
  20. patents in the standardisation. We ask EU legislators to follow our
  21. recommendations and abolish the obstacles in the way of Free Software.</p>
  22. <h2 id="What-the-cloud-is-going-on">What the cloud is going on?</h2>
  23. <p>As a part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market, the European
  24. Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has been requested to
  25. identify a detailed map of the standards required to support EU policy
  26. in “the cloud”. Your co-editor
  27. <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/polina/2015/10/15/what-the-cloud-is-going-on-in-etsi/">blogged</a>
  28. about their confusing position on Free Software in the ETSI’s Cloud Standards
  29. Coordination initiative.</p>
  30. <h2 id="fsfes-legislative-push-against-compulsory-routers-inches-forward-in-bundestag">FSFE’s
  31. legislative push against compulsory routers inches forward in Bundestag</h2>
  32. <p>FSFE hired our German coordinator Max Mehl as a working student to
  33. stay on top of the compulsory routers issue. So far the FSFE, together
  34. with 9 other civil and economic organisations,
  35. <a href="/news/2015/news-20151028-01.html">sent a joint letter</a>
  36. to members of the German Bundestag to support the bill against compulsory
  37. routers. Forcing consumers to use a specific router provided by an ISP
  38. undermines free and fair competition of manufacturers. In addition they
  39. are harmful to users’ security, privacy, and independence to use their
  40. own preferred, secure, device.</p>
  41. <p>The Bundestag will consult about the bill in November, and despite
  42. the unanimous opinion of experts, consumer protectors, and politicians
  43. who support the bill, some members of the Federal Council aligned against
  44. it, and adopted technically inconsistent arguments of internet providers
  45. and network carriers.</p>
  46. <h2 id="remember-sony-rootkit-fsfe-does">Remember Sony rootkit? FSFE does</h2>
  47. <p>FSFE commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Sony rootkit fiasco
  48. on 31 October by <a href="/activities/drm/sony-rootkit-fiasco.en.html">posting a reminder</a>
  49. of how dangerous digital restrictions are for user’s security, the
  50. freedom to tinker, and general purpose computing. Before public outrage
  51. and lawsuits demanded retribution from Sony, the rootkit had already
  52. infiltrated users’ computers, spied on their listening habits, blocked
  53. third party software, slowed down computer performance, created holes
  54. in user’s computer security, and sent data back to Sony. This month FSFE
  55. <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/asawritz/2015/11/04/sony-rootkit-still-making-headlines-10-years-later-2/">reached out</a> to dozens of
  56. tech and security journalists to team up and remind the public to protect
  57. their digital freedoms and to be wary of digital restrictions, the same
  58. kinds of restrictions that gave Sony access to millions of computers and
  59. hundreds of thousands of networks.</p>
  60. <h2 id="get-active">Get Active</h2>
  61. <p>Since last week was the 10th anniversary of when the Sony rootkit
  62. was unveiled, spend a few minutes this month to share what happened
  63. back in 2005 with friends, family, or colleagues who have never heard of
  64. the Sony rootkit. Sony rootkit provides a prime example of how companies
  65. build in harmful restrictions into software to limit what consumers can
  66. do with their own property.</p>
  67. <h2 id="fsfs-30th-birthday-finds-cake-birthday-wishes-and-swiss-press-coverage">FSF’s
  68. 30th birthday finds cake, birthday wishes, and Swiss press coverage</h2>
  69. <p>In contrast to the Sony rootkit anniversary, there was also a positive
  70. anniversary this month. On 3 October 2015 the Free Software Foundation of
  71. Europe <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/FSF30Birthday">celebrated the Free
  72. Software Foundation’s 30th birthday</a> with some delicious cake and many
  73. wonderful birthday wishes. Shortly thereafter, FSFE President Matthias Kirschner
  74. <a href="http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/digital/computer/Politisch-denkende-Menschen-verstehen-das-Anliegen-der-freien-Software/story/18389205">spoke extensively</a> with
  75. the largest Swiss newspaper about FSFE and the role of Free Software in
  76. politics and the economy. Matthias’s interview complemented an
  77. <a href="http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/digital/computer/Politisch-denkende-Menschen-verstehen-das-Anliegen-der-freien-Software/story/18389205">additional article</a> about
  78. Richard Stallman and Free Software activism.</p>
  79. <h2 id="zurich-fellows-offer-free-software-computer">Zurich fellows offer
  80. Free Software computer</h2>
  81. <p>Fellows in Zurich started
  82. <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mmoeller/2015/10/07/libre-laptops/">“Free Computer for Free People”</a>,
  83. an initiative to offer laptops that run completely on Free Software only.
  84. This includes alternative firmware and free BIOS that are most often
  85. proprietary on the majority of laptops and preclude users from installing
  86. Free Software not authorised by the manufacturer. By reusing used hardware,
  87. the Zurich Fellows also like to foster a sustainable use of hardware.</p>
  88. <h2 id="freertc-mission-statement-for-skype-replacement">FreeRTC Mission Statement for Skype replacement</h2>
  89. <p>FSFE’s project to develop FreeRTC, that is,
  90. Real Time Communications, is taking suggestions for how to improve
  91. their Mission Statement. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to
  92. call other people and receive calls from other people using solely Free
  93. Software, open standards, a free choice of service providers and a credible
  94. standard of privacy. <a href="https://lists.fsfe.org/mailman/listinfo/free-rtc">Sign up to the mailing list</a> to
  95. follow the discussion and post your opinion.</p>
  96. <h2 id="fsfe-executive-director-jonas-öberg-reflects-on-his-1999-meeting-with-richard-stallman">FSFE
  97. Executive Director Jonas Öberg reflects on his 1999 meeting with Richard Stallman</h2>
  98. <p>FSFE co-founder and Executive Director, Jonas Öberg
  99. <a href="https://opensource.com/life/15/10/my-open-source-story-jonas-oberg">reminisced</a> about
  100. how he got involved in Free Software, including the details of his
  101. influential trip to Boston as a 22-year-old in 1999. His story features
  102. trips to Technology Square in Boston, attending the Free Software Awards,
  103. and a commitment to Richard Stallman to “always be true to the community.”</p>
  104. <h2 id="interview-with-apache-software-foundation-member-developer-and-mother-isabel-drost-fromm">Interview with
  105. Apache Software Foundation member, developer, and mother, Isabel Drost-Fromm</h2>
  106. <p>On 13 October, Paul Boddie commemorated Ada Lovelace Day
  107. (international day of women in science and technology) by <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=715">interviewing</a>
  108. local Berlin resident and Free Software contributor, Isabel Drost-Fromm.
  109. Their conversation covered technical topics (naturally), as well as advice
  110. on managing expectations and building confidence for the transition to
  111. the next generation of hackers, makers, and tinkerers.</p>
  112. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.en.html">volunteers</a>,
  113. <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Fellows</a>,
  114. and <a href="/donate/thankgnus.en.html">corporate donors</a>
  115. who enable our work.</p>
  116. <p>Polina Malaja and Asa Ritz - <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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