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