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<h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - May 2016</h1>
<h2 id="eu-jeopardises-its-goals-in-standardisation-with-frand-licensing">EU
jeopardises its goals in standardisation with FRAND licensing</h2>
<p>As a part of the Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission
has <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/communication-ict-standardisation-priorities-digital-single-market">published
the communication on ICT standardisation priorities</a> as one of the
key factors in the digital economy. FSFE welcomes the overall approach
taken in the communication in favour of more open standards and a greater
inclusion of Free Software communities into standardisation processes.</p>
<p>However, the document lacks proper understanding of licensing conditions
of standard-essential patents in order to include Free Software into
standard setting processes. In particular, FSFE <a href="/news/2016/news-20160428-02">expresses
its concerns in regard to the promotion of so-called "fair, reasonable,
and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms</a> that in practice are
incompatible with Free Software. This way, the document jeopardises every
effort set by the European Commission to integrate Free Software communities
into standardisation.</p>
<h2 id="european-commission-vs-google-android">European Commission vs Google Android</h2>
<p>On April 20, the European Commission
<a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-16-1506_en.htm?locale=en">outlined
its charges in regard to Google's business practices relating to the
Android operating system</a>. According to the Commission, Google is
abusing its dominant market position by pre-installing and setting Google
Search, Google Play Store and Google Chrome as the default on most Android
devices sold in Europe. These practices close off ways for competitive
search engines to access the market.</p>
<p>FSFE has previously <a href="/news/2013/news-20130729-02.html">raised
its concerns in regard to the claim against the free-of-charge distribution
of Android</a> that had been raised to the European Commission by a
coalition of certain online service providers who claimed that this practice
is harmful to competition. We argued against that claim as it undermines
the whole essence of Free Software licensing, and are pleased to see that
the Commission disregarded that claim in its antitrust case against Google.</p>
<h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
<ul>
<li><p>Guido Arnold, our education team coordinator, summarised legal
aspects and possible activities to take, when <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2016/04/public-schools-making-ms-office-mandatory/">public schools make MS Office mandatory.</a></p></li>
<li><p>Vitaly Repin <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/vitaly_repin/2016/04/14/course-on-the-road-to-the-free-digital-society-is-available-in-moodle-and-ims-common-cartridge-formats-now/">published
the course by Richard Stallman "On the Road to the Free Digital Society"
in Moodle Backup and IMS Common Cartridge formats</a>, and invites everyone
to give feedback and promote the course through their channels.</p></li>
<li><p>Since Let’s Encrypt has left beta testing, Michal Nazarewicz <a href="http://mina86.com/p/tls-is-a-yes/">uses and promotes this new certificate
authority which provides free TLS certificates</a>: "If you're running
your own server there's no excuse not to use TLS".</p></li>
<li><p>Björn Schießle <a href="http://blog.schiessle.org/2016/04/16/installing-wallabag-2-on-a-shared-web-hosting-service/">blogs about a self hostable application for saving web pages, "Wallabag",
and about its maintenance on a shared web hosting service</a>.</p></li>
<li><p>Marcus Moeller explains how to <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mmoeller/2016/04/20/setting-up-a-freedombox-on-bbb-to-host-a-blog/">set up a Freedombox on a Beagle Bone Black in order to self-host a blog
on freely designed hardware and without the need to use proprietary
software</a>.</p></li>
</ul>
<h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
<ul>
<li><p>We ran the eighth annual election for a Fellowship
representative who is to represent our community and the FSFE's Fellowship
in <a href="/about/team.html#general-assembly">FSFE's
general assembly</a>. Although we only had one candidate, we would like to
<a href="/news/2016/news-20160502-01">thank
and congratulate Mirko Boehm to run for the office and being elected</a>.</p></li>
<li><p>We now have over 30 organisations and companies who joined us in
proposing measures to EU institutions and EU member states to avoid negative
implications on users' rights and Free Software imposed by the
<a href="/activities/radiodirective/statement">EU
Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU, aka 'Radio Lockdown Directive'</a>.
The joint statement is open to new signatures against negative implications
that the 'Radio Lockdown Directive' poses on software freedom, users'
rights, fair competition, innovation, environment, and volunteering.</p></li>
<li><p>FSFE also joined a coalition of organisations that fight the
negative implementations of the 'Radio Lockdown Directive' in France.
Together, we signed <a href="/news/2016/news-20160406">an
open letter to the French government and French Telecommunications Regulatory
Authority (ART)</a> to ensure that the implementation of the 'Radio Lockdown
Directive' in France will not harm Free Software.</p></li>
<li><p>On our way to become more transparent and inclusive, we published
our <a href="/about/transparency-commitment">transparency
commitment</a> in line with the guidelines from Transparency International Germany.</p></li>
<li><p>A lot of our initial structure and founding documents have not
been updated ever since the FSFE grew from being a small circle of volunteers
into an organisation with hired staff, with a Fellowship program and a
community of thousands of people. We now begun to <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/jonas/?p=60">revise
our "Self Conception"</a>, to better reflect our grown decision-making process.
Jonas Öberg, FSFE's executive director, shared his thoughts on and insights
about <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/jonas/?p=50">potential future steps
to FSFE's structure and membership</a> on his blog.</p></li>
<li><p><a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/jonas/?p=65">On the backend of our
work, we have introduced a ticket system built on OTRS</a>. Although at
first sight not many people seem to be directly affected by this, our whole
communication will profit over time from higher control of our workflow.
Also, it shall be opened to be used by volunteers as well.</p></li>
<li><p>From 13 - 15 April, FSFE's annual legal licensing workshop LLW
took place in Barcelona, Spain. The event is dedicated to gather legal
practitioners from all over the world to dicuss the most challenging issues
in and around Free Software licensing. This year it had a record number
of participants, showing the increasing interest and importance of Free
Software in software licensing.</p></li>
</ul>
<h2 id="take-action">Take Action</h2>
<p>From 2 - 4 September, 2016, the first summit of FSFE will take place,
an event dedicated to our community. To make it a unique and appealing
experience for everyone, we sent out a <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/Summit2016/CallForParticipation">Call
for Participation</a> last week to all our Fellows and on our mailing lists.
Take your chance and be part of FSFE's main event in 2016 by becoming a
speaker or a volunteer, by hosting a workshop or another event.</p>
<h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software news</h2>
<p>Spain's Ministry of Finance and Public Administrations <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/spain-publishes-file-archive-tool-open-source">published
its web-based solution for archiving electronic files under a Free Software
license</a>. France is also not lagging behind and recently
<a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/france-unveils-source-code-income-tax-application">published
the source code of the fiscal calculator used by the French fiscal
administration to calculate the income taxes of individuals in France</a>.
This was an outcome of the legal case in Paris' administrative court that
concluded that a source code of a software written by and for public
authorities can be considered as a public information that can be freely
accessed.</p>
<p>Thanks to all the
<a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>
,
<a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Fellows</a>
and
<a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a>
who enable our work,</p>
<p>your editors Polina Malaja and Erik Albers, <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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