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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - February 2016</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - February 2016</h1>
  8. <h2 id="fsfe-turns-15">FSFE turns 15</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">In 2016, the Free Software Foundation Europe is looking forward towards
  10. an exciting year. This is the year when we are celebrating our 15th birthday
  11. and that will give us the chance to look back, to see and show how your
  12. support brought us here. However, we are also looking forward to mastering
  13. the challenges ahead.</p>
  14. <p>Since 2001, a lot has evolved for the good, including the changes
  15. that we could not think of <a href="">once a small team of volunteers from different countries decided to come
  16. together in the Villa Vogelsang in Essen, Germany, and to found the Free
  17. Software Foundation Europe</a>. Since then, this initial team of activists
  18. grew together as friends, <a href="">FSFE
  19. received the Theodor Heuss Medal for our work for freedom in the information
  20. society</a>, we became an influential voice on national and European
  21. level, we have our third president in office and we became a European
  22. wide organisation with a permanent staff team. All of this would not have
  23. been possible without the help of you, our Fellows. Your advice, your
  24. support, your financial contribution, your local activities, your viral
  25. marketing, your campaign projects and all the time you dedicated to us
  26. are priceless and what made us strong. We are overwhelmed and happy that
  27. in 2016, the Free Software Foundation Europe is carried upon thousands
  28. of shoulders. This is why we dedicate this year to you, our Fellows,
  29. our community.</p>
  30. <p>We will come up with some activities and stories for you as a thank
  31. you during the year and in memory of our 15 years of existence. Let's
  32. start this with celebrating the I love Free Software day on February 14
  33. as colourfully as possible. <a href="">Join
  34. us in spreading love towards Free Software and their developers</a>.
  35. And <a href="">don't miss to already
  36. save the date from September 2nd to 4th</a> as a core event in 2016.
  37. This is the weekend we will organise our first FSFE summit - for and by you.
  38. More information will follow.</p>
  39. <h2 id="document-freedom-day-is-given-into-the-hands-of-the-digital-freedom-foundation">Document
  40. Freedom Day is given into the hands of the Digital Freedom Foundation</h2>
  41. <p>Half as old as the FSFE is our Document Freedom Day campaign, celebrated
  42. for the first time <a href="">in
  43. 2008 to oppose the adoption of Microsoft's OOXML standard</a> - and then
  44. turned itself into an annual day to celebrate Open Standards. During the
  45. years we had hundreds events all over the globe, we have seen impressive
  46. artwork, inspiring comics and videos and we have seen political parties,
  47. companies and non-profit organisations using Document Freedom Day to let
  48. the world know about the power and freedom of interoperability.</p>
  49. <p>In 2016, however, <a href="">the FSFE hands over Document Freedom Day campaign to the Digital Freedom Foundation</a>,
  50. the organisation that is best known for organising the Software Freedom
  51. Day. This way, the FSFE sees the potential to further broaden Document
  52. Freedom Day as the international day of Open Standards and to further
  53. decentralise the campaign's concept. This year, Document Freedom Day will
  54. be on March 30, 2016.</p>
  55. <h2 id="meps-vote-for-more-free-software-in-public-sector">MEPs vote for
  56. more Free Software in public sector</h2>
  57. <p>On 19 January, the European Parliament adopted in Plenary its
  58. own-initiative report "Towards a Digital Single Market" prepared by the
  59. co-rapporteurs Kaja Kallas (ALDE) from the Industry, Research and Energy
  60. Committee (ITRE) and Evelyne Gebhardt (S&amp;D) from Internal Market and
  61. Consumers Protection Committee (IMCO). The FSFE's policy team has amended
  62. the draft report and is pleased to see that the final version adopted in
  63. the Plenary includes several positive statements concerning Free Software.</p>
  64. <p>In particular, the report urges the European Commission and the Council
  65. of the EU to increase the share of Free Software and its reuse in public
  66. administrations as a solution to increase interoperability. The report
  67. also promotes the security advantages of Free Software, and calls the EU
  68. to commit to the increased use of Free Software in educational establishments
  69. and public administrations. We hope that the European Commission will
  70. follow the example of the Parliament and will implement the recommendations
  71. to increase the use of Free Software in public sector.</p>
  72. <h2 id="out-of-the-community">Out of the community</h2>
  73. <ul>
  74. <li><p>Daniel Pocock <a href="">blogs
  75. about the freedom to leave your phone offline or at home</a>, and argues
  76. why you should start with buying a watch.</p></li>
  77. <li><p><a href="">Hook
  78. writes about his positive experience with switching to Let's Encrypt
  79. certificates for his server</a> and comes up with some links for more
  80. information to do it yourself.</p></li>
  81. <li><p>Many of us feel sad these days about the loss of Ian Murdock. His
  82. contributions to the world of Free Software and the Debian system are
  83. without end. <a href="">Daniel
  84. Pocock gathered some background, feelings and other people's tributes to
  85. Ian Murdock on his blog</a>.</p></li>
  86. <li><p><a href="">Marcus
  87. Möller reports and gives a summary about Freedomvote</a> - a successful
  88. 'ask you candidates' campaign that the FSFE Switzerland was running for
  89. this years elections.</p></li>
  90. <li><p>Erik Albers made his first experiences with FirefoxOS and asks
  91. <a href="">Mozilla
  92. to put freedom into FirefoxOS market place</a>.</p></li>
  93. <li><p>The <a href="">FSFE group Berlin made a Free Software installation party and liberated
  94. 23 PC's with Debian</a> that will be given to refugee organisations and
  95. schools.</p></li>
  96. </ul>
  97. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
  98. <ul>
  99. <li><p>FSFE <a href="">provided
  100. the European Commission input on setting priorities in ICT standards and
  101. answered to the public consultation on the adoption of a Priority ICT
  102. Standards Plan</a>. In order for the EU to achieve a true digital single
  103. market that is interoperable and pro-competitive, there is a need for
  104. standards that are open, minimalistic and implementable with Free Software.
  105. Other points that have been risen are that a reference implementation is
  106. published under a Free Software licence, that all software developed with
  107. public funds is to be released as Free Software, and that harmful licensing
  108. practices such as FRAND should be avoided in the fields of software,
  109. internet and the web.</p></li>
  110. <li><p>Together with April and several other organisations, <a href="">FSFE signed a joint
  111. disagreement against the partnership agreement signed between France's
  112. ministry of education and Microsoft</a> about IT solutions in school.
  113. The partnership revolves around teachers' training for mastering Microsoft
  114. environment, the provision of a cloud ecosystem and an e-learning platform
  115. which in total amounts to complete control of IT in French schools under
  116. the supervision of Microsoft. With this agreement the ministry is forcing
  117. schools and pupils to a particular proprietary vendor.</p></li>
  118. <li><p><a href="">FSFE
  119. had an assembly at the 32nd Chaos Communication Congress</a> in Hamburg,
  120. Germany, <a href="">including 12 self-organized sessions and the GNU/Burger</a>.</p></li>
  121. <li><p>Just before Christmas and the completion of the EU Data Protection
  122. package, all members of the European Parliament received our e-mail
  123. self-defense leaflet in their mailboxes. This way we wanted to remind
  124. policymakers <a href="">how important encryption is to
  125. everyone's right to privacy</a>.</p></li>
  126. </ul>
  127. <h2 id="take-action">Take Action</h2>
  128. <ul>
  129. <li><p>In 2016 we have 15 years of FSFE and 5 years of I love Free Software
  130. Day: <a href="">Join us in celebrating
  131. Free Software by expressing your appreciation towards Free Software
  132. developers on February 14</a>! #ILoveFS</p></li>
  133. <li><p>As every year, we will have a booth at FOSDEM and a lot of members
  134. of our community will give talks or come to listen to talks. It is one of
  135. the best chances throughout the year to meet many people from the FSFE.</p></li>
  136. </ul>
  137. <h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software news</h2>
  138. <p>An amendment to the France's upcoming law for the Digital Republic
  139. that <a href="">obliges public administrations to publish the source code of its
  140. custom-built software solutions</a> was adopted by France's parliament.
  141. Meanwhile another French city, <a href="">Grenoble, commits to Free Software</a> that is said to help to increase
  142. citzen participation, to cut costs, and facilitate the sharing of knowledge.
  143. Speaking of licences, <a href="">family
  144. of Free Software licenses has expanded by three new licences written by
  145. the government of the Canadian province of Quebec</a>. This should encourage
  146. the province’s public administrations to share their ICT solutions.</p>
  147. <p>Thanks to all the
  148. <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>
  149. ,
  150. <a href="">Fellows</a>
  151. and
  152. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a>
  153. who enable our work,</p>
  154. <p>your editors Polina Malaja and Erik Albers <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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