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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - June 2016</title>
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  6. <body class="newsletter article" microformats="h-entry" id="nl-201606">
  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - June 2016</h1>
  8. <h2 id="fsfe-co-signed-the-letter-on-net-neutrality">FSFE co-signed letter on net neutrality</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">FSFE together with 72 organisations
  10. <a href="https://akvorrat.at/sites/default/files/20160502_nn_berec_civilsocietyletter_signed.pdf">signed
  11. a letter to the EU telecom regulators in support of strong net neutrality
  12. rules</a> in the on-going negotiations for the guidelines on the implementation
  13. of the recently adopted EU Regulation 2015/2120. The Regulation creates a
  14. basis for strong net neutrality, and FSFE together with other organisations
  15. from all over the world asks the Body of European Regulators of Electronic
  16. Communication (BEREC) and the 28 national telecom regulators to uphold
  17. these rules and to establish strong net neutrality guidelines around Europe.</p>
  18. <h2 id="from-free-software-misunderstandings-to-software-at-cern---fsfe-busy-at-events">From
  19. Free Software misunderstandings to software at CERN - FSFE busy at events</h2>
  20. <p>The past month was full of events and talks, with FSFE staff and team
  21. members being present on several occasions. Talks and presentations make
  22. a large part of our work to reach out and communicate our message to
  23. people from different backgrounds.</p>
  24. <p>FSFE's president Matthias Kirschner gave a short talk during
  25. <a href="https://re-publica.de/16/session/freie-software-missverstandnisse-gekonnt-aufklaren">Re:publica TEN</a>
  26. about how to counter Free Software misunderstandings. He also participated
  27. as a speaker at the Croatian Linux Users' Conference
  28. <a href="http://2016.dorscluc.org/activity/29/#activity">DORS / CLUC</a>
  29. in Zagreb, Croatia, where he gave a keynote about "The long way to empower
  30. people to control technology".</p>
  31. <p>During the foss-north conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, FSFE's vice
  32. president Alessandro Rubini gave a talk on "Time in Software
  33. and Hardware - how time is handled in the Linux kernel and in the White
  34. Rabbit network at CERN", and FSFE's executive director, Jonas Öberg,
  35. presented a talk about the "State of Free Software in Europe (and elsewhere)".</p>
  36. <p>German Coordinator Max Mehl gave a talk about Radio 'Lockdown'
  37. Directive during the Wireless Battle of the Mesh v9, in Porto, Portugal,
  38. and your co-editor Polina Malaja gave an overview on the same topic
  39. during the Wireless Community Weekend 2016in Berlin, Germany.</p>
  40. <p>Last but not least, FSFE's Austrian coordinator Peter Bubestinger
  41. <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/pb/?p=165">gave a talk about Free Software
  42. in schools</a> at the Open Source Conference Albania OSCAL.</p>
  43. <h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
  44. <ul>
  45. <li><p>Torsten Grote
  46. <a href="https://blog.grobox.de/2016/briar-next-step-of-the-crypto-messenger-evolution/">gives
  47. an overview of recent security innovations in instant messaging in his
  48. blogpost about "Briar - Next Step of The Crypto Messenger Evolution"</a>.
  49. Briar is aiming at becoming a peer-to-peer messenger which is entirely
  50. Free Software: it utilises end-to-end encryption with forward secrecy and
  51. does not require its users to disclose their metadata (i.e. the content
  52. of their address-books and how frequently they talk to their contacts).
  53. These criteria will help in offering a secure and privacy-friendly
  54. messenger that is available for everyone to use freely.</p></li>
  55. <li><p>Elena Grandi
  56. <a href="http://social.gl-como.it/display/3e3ce0df12572dd2557bdda693148259">described
  57. her experience with OpenPandora</a>, a handheld game console and a mobile
  58. personal computer. On this occasion, Elena also anticipated the pros
  59. and cons of the successor device Pyra.</p></li>
  60. <li><p>Diderik van Wingerden blogged about his perception of future
  61. innovations and the role of Free Software in it by compiling a list of
  62. sources that helped him in
  63. <a href="http://think-innovation.com/blog/shaping-a-vision-of-the-future/">"Shaping a vision of the future"</a>.</p></li>
  64. <li><p>Our executive director Jonas Öberg wrote about the
  65. <a href="http://blog.jonasoberg.net/automated-testing-of-algorithms/">Videorooter
  66. project and its automated testing of algorithms</a>. The code is now
  67. connected to Github repositories and automated tests of algorithms are
  68. run every time someone improves the code.</p></li>
  69. <li><p>Björn Schießle read the coalition contract of the new
  70. government in Baden-Württemberg, a state of Germany, and
  71. <a href="http://blog.schiessle.org/2016/05/10/freie-software-im-koalitionsvertrag-baden-wurttemberg/">analysed
  72. how they promise to promote Free Software</a> (German).</p></li>
  73. <li><p>Christian Widerström made an
  74. <a href="https://blog.widerstroem.com/weblog/4/veranstaltungen-oesterreich-2016-part-i">overview
  75. of the upcoming activities and events that the Austrian FSFE team will
  76. be participating in</a> (German).</p></li>
  77. <li><p>The project "Sustainable use of older laptops with Linux and Free
  78. Software", mainly run by Fellow Wolf-Dieter Zimmermann,
  79. <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/wromey/2016/05/06/projekt-nachhaltige-nutzung-auch-alterer-laptops-mit-linux-und-freier-software-erhalt-den-rwe-nachhaltigkeitspreis/">has
  80. been given the RWE Sustainability Award</a>. The project helps people to
  81. migrate to Free Software and to make use of their old hardware with a
  82. proper GNU/Linux installation (German).</p></li>
  83. </ul>
  84. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
  85. <ul>
  86. <li><p>How to successfully campaign for Free Software in a way that is
  87. appealing both for the general public and politicians? FSFE teamed up
  88. with the <a href="https://www.pen.gg/">Peng! Collective</a> and
  89. learned from the latter's experience in campaigning during a weekend-long
  90. workshop. FSFE's Fellowship Representative Mirko Boehm
  91. <a href="https://creative-destruction.me/2016/05/04/how-to-campaign-for-the-cause-of-software-freedom/">summarised
  92. the outcome of the workshop in his blogpost</a>.</p></li>
  93. <li><p>FSFE's Austrian team did a great job by being present with booths
  94. at <a href="https://blog.widerstroem.com/weblog/2/linuxwochen-wien-grazer-linuxtage">Linuxwochen
  95. Wien and Grazer Linuxtage (German)</a> and the local group in Berlin was
  96. present at the OpenTechSummit in Berlin, Germany.</p></li>
  97. <li><p>Wolf-Dieter Zimmermann <a href="http://open-educational-resources.de/podlove/file/502/s/download/c/select-show/OER027.mp3">gave
  98. an interview about the importance of Free Software in Open Educational
  99. Resources</a> (German).</p></li>
  100. <li><p>Getting active for Free Software and doing this by working for
  101. the FSFE is increasingly attractive and we receive a lot of applications
  102. for our internship program each month. However, most of the applications
  103. we get do not make the cut. In his blogpost, our executive director
  104. Jonas Öberg <a href="http://blog.jonasoberg.net/are-you-the-fsfes-next-intern/">gave
  105. a few hints about how to succeed with your internship application</a>
  106. and make it to the FSFE team as an intern.</p></li>
  107. </ul>
  108. <h2 id="take-action">Take Action</h2>
  109. <p>Become a volunteer to maintain our blog platform! If you are interested
  110. in devops or system administration, we now offer an opportunity to polish
  111. your skills and learn new tricks by hosting a blog platform for thousands
  112. of our volunteers!</p>
  113. <p>FSFE's blog platform is a service we provide to our volunteers to give
  114. them a place to write about their explorations of Free Software and their
  115. work in the FSFE. For a while,
  116. <a href="http://blog.jonasoberg.net/blogs-and-other-infrastructures/">the
  117. service has been in dire straits and in need of an upgrade</a>. Thanks
  118. to our wonderful volunteers who already stepped up and proposed their
  119. help in maintaining the platform, the service will be kept alive.</p>
  120. <p>If you are interested in joining our blog platform team, get in touch
  121. with our blog team at blog-hackers (at) lists.fsfe.org.</p>
  122. <h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software news</h2>
  123. <p>The Hungarian government
  124. <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/hungary-increase-use-open-source-software">published
  125. a decree promoting the use of Free Software and Open Standards in
  126. public administrations</a>. The country's Ministry of Interior is bound
  127. to start a central licence registry for software used by the public sector
  128. and report yearly on the progress made in use of Free Software and Open
  129. Standards. Meanwhile,
  130. France <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/france%E2%80%99s-rgi-v2-recommends-odf">revised
  131. its interoperability guidelines which from now on recommend ODF as a
  132. standard communication format between public administrations and citizens</a>.
  133. Sweden's Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) is
  134. <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/sweden%E2%80%99s-insurer-open-source-maximises-it-efficiency">determined
  135. to adhere to its Free Software strategy and to sustain the Free Software
  136. solutions it uses</a>, according to the planned updates of the strategy
  137. to be published in June. As stated by the Social Insurance Agency,
  138. Free Software maximises value of IT by allowing its efficient use.</p>
  139. <p>Thanks to all the
  140. <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>
  141. ,
  142. <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a>
  143. and
  144. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a>
  145. who enable our work,</p>
  146. <p>your editors Polina Malaja and Erik Albers, <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a></p>
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