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<h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - June 2016</h1>
<h2 id="fsfe-co-signed-the-letter-on-net-neutrality">FSFE co-signed letter on net neutrality</h2>
<p>FSFE together with 72 organisations
<a href="https://akvorrat.at/sites/default/files/20160502_nn_berec_civilsocietyletter_signed.pdf">signed
a letter to the EU telecom regulators in support of strong net neutrality
rules</a> in the on-going negotiations for the guidelines on the implementation
of the recently adopted EU Regulation 2015/2120. The Regulation creates a
basis for strong net neutrality, and FSFE together with other organisations
from all over the world asks the Body of European Regulators of Electronic
Communication (BEREC) and the 28 national telecom regulators to uphold
these rules and to establish strong net neutrality guidelines around Europe.</p>
<h2 id="from-free-software-misunderstandings-to-software-at-cern---fsfe-busy-at-events">From
Free Software misunderstandings to software at CERN - FSFE busy at events</h2>
<p>The past month was full of events and talks, with FSFE staff and team
members being present on several occasions. Talks and presentations make
a large part of our work to reach out and communicate our message to
people from different backgrounds.</p>
<p>FSFE's president Matthias Kirschner gave a short talk during
<a href="https://re-publica.de/16/session/freie-software-missverstandnisse-gekonnt-aufklaren">Re:publica TEN</a>
about how to counter Free Software misunderstandings. He also participated
as a speaker at the Croatian Linux Users' Conference
<a href="http://2016.dorscluc.org/activity/29/#activity">DORS / CLUC</a>
in Zagreb, Croatia, where he gave a keynote about "The long way to empower
people to control technology".</p>
<p>During the foss-north conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, FSFE's vice
president Alessandro Rubini gave a talk on "Time in Software
and Hardware - how time is handled in the Linux kernel and in the White
Rabbit network at CERN", and FSFE's executive director, Jonas Öberg,
presented a talk about the "State of Free Software in Europe (and elsewhere)".</p>
<p>German Coordinator Max Mehl gave a talk about Radio 'Lockdown'
Directive during the Wireless Battle of the Mesh v9, in Porto, Portugal,
and your co-editor Polina Malaja gave an overview on the same topic
during the Wireless Community Weekend 2016in Berlin, Germany.</p>
<p>Last but not least, FSFE's Austrian coordinator Peter Bubestinger
<a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pb/?p=165">gave a talk about Free Software
in schools</a> at the Open Source Conference Albania OSCAL.</p>
<h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
<ul>
<li><p>Torsten Grote
<a href="https://blog.grobox.de/2016/briar-next-step-of-the-crypto-messenger-evolution/">gives
an overview of recent security innovations in instant messaging in his
blogpost about "Briar - Next Step of The Crypto Messenger Evolution"</a>.
Briar is aiming at becoming a peer-to-peer messenger which is entirely
Free Software: it utilises end-to-end encryption with forward secrecy and
does not require its users to disclose their metadata (i.e. the content
of their address-books and how frequently they talk to their contacts).
These criteria will help in offering a secure and privacy-friendly
messenger that is available for everyone to use freely.</p></li>
<li><p>Elena Grandi
<a href="http://social.gl-como.it/display/3e3ce0df12572dd2557bdda693148259">described
her experience with OpenPandora</a>, a handheld game console and a mobile
personal computer. On this occasion, Elena also anticipated the pros
and cons of the successor device Pyra.</p></li>
<li><p>Diderik van Wingerden blogged about his perception of future
innovations and the role of Free Software in it by compiling a list of
sources that helped him in
<a href="http://think-innovation.com/blog/shaping-a-vision-of-the-future/">"Shaping a vision of the future"</a>.</p></li>
<li><p>Our executive director Jonas Öberg wrote about the
<a href="http://blog.jonasoberg.net/automated-testing-of-algorithms/">Videorooter
project and its automated testing of algorithms</a>. The code is now
connected to Github repositories and automated tests of algorithms are
run every time someone improves the code.</p></li>
<li><p>Björn Schießle read the coalition contract of the new
government in Baden-Württemberg, a state of Germany, and
<a href="http://blog.schiessle.org/2016/05/10/freie-software-im-koalitionsvertrag-baden-wurttemberg/">analysed
how they promise to promote Free Software</a> (German).</p></li>
<li><p>Christian Widerström made an
<a href="https://blog.widerstroem.com/weblog/4/veranstaltungen-oesterreich-2016-part-i">overview
of the upcoming activities and events that the Austrian FSFE team will
be participating in</a> (German).</p></li>
<li><p>The project "Sustainable use of older laptops with Linux and Free
Software", mainly run by Fellow Wolf-Dieter Zimmermann,
<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
been given the RWE Sustainability Award</a>. The project helps people to
migrate to Free Software and to make use of their old hardware with a
proper GNU/Linux installation (German).</p></li>
</ul>
<h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
<ul>
<li><p>How to successfully campaign for Free Software in a way that is
appealing both for the general public and politicians? FSFE teamed up
with the <a href="https://www.pen.gg/">Peng! Collective</a> and
learned from the latter's experience in campaigning during a weekend-long
workshop. FSFE's Fellowship Representative Mirko Boehm
<a href="https://creative-destruction.me/2016/05/04/how-to-campaign-for-the-cause-of-software-freedom/">summarised
the outcome of the workshop in his blogpost</a>.</p></li>
<li><p>FSFE's Austrian team did a great job by being present with booths
at <a href="https://blog.widerstroem.com/weblog/2/linuxwochen-wien-grazer-linuxtage">Linuxwochen
Wien and Grazer Linuxtage (German)</a> and the local group in Berlin was
present at the OpenTechSummit in Berlin, Germany.</p></li>
<li><p>Wolf-Dieter Zimmermann <a href="http://open-educational-resources.de/podlove/file/502/s/download/c/select-show/OER027.mp3">gave
an interview about the importance of Free Software in Open Educational
Resources</a> (German).</p></li>
<li><p>Getting active for Free Software and doing this by working for
the FSFE is increasingly attractive and we receive a lot of applications
for our internship program each month. However, most of the applications
we get do not make the cut. In his blogpost, our executive director
Jonas Öberg <a href="http://blog.jonasoberg.net/are-you-the-fsfes-next-intern/">gave
a few hints about how to succeed with your internship application</a>
and make it to the FSFE team as an intern.</p></li>
</ul>
<h2 id="take-action">Take Action</h2>
<p>Become a volunteer to maintain our blog platform! If you are interested
in devops or system administration, we now offer an opportunity to polish
your skills and learn new tricks by hosting a blog platform for thousands
of our volunteers!</p>
<p>FSFE's blog platform is a service we provide to our volunteers to give
them a place to write about their explorations of Free Software and their
work in the FSFE. For a while,
<a href="http://blog.jonasoberg.net/blogs-and-other-infrastructures/">the
service has been in dire straits and in need of an upgrade</a>. Thanks
to our wonderful volunteers who already stepped up and proposed their
help in maintaining the platform, the service will be kept alive.</p>
<p>If you are interested in joining our blog platform team, get in touch
with our blog team at blog-hackers (at) lists.fsfe.org.</p>
<h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software news</h2>
<p>The Hungarian government
<a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/hungary-increase-use-open-source-software">published
a decree promoting the use of Free Software and Open Standards in
public administrations</a>. The country's Ministry of Interior is bound
to start a central licence registry for software used by the public sector
and report yearly on the progress made in use of Free Software and Open
Standards. Meanwhile,
France <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/france%E2%80%99s-rgi-v2-recommends-odf">revised
its interoperability guidelines which from now on recommend ODF as a
standard communication format between public administrations and citizens</a>.
Sweden's Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) is
<a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/sweden%E2%80%99s-insurer-open-source-maximises-it-efficiency">determined
to adhere to its Free Software strategy and to sustain the Free Software
solutions it uses</a>, according to the planned updates of the strategy
to be published in June. As stated by the Social Insurance Agency,
Free Software maximises value of IT by allowing its efficient use.</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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