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  3. <title>FSFE Newsletter - August 2016</title>
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  6. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - August 2016</h1>
  7. <h2 id="free-and-open-source-security-audit-in-the-eu-needs-feedback- from-free-software-communities">"Free and Open Source Security Audit"
  8. in the EU needs feedback from Free Software communities</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">The goal of the "Free and Open Source Security Audit" (FOSSA) pilot
  10. project is to increase the security of Free Software used by
  11. European institutions. The FSFE has been following the project since
  12. early 2014. Recently, the European Commission
  13. <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/eu-fossa/og_page/project-deliveries">
  14. published the first round of deliverables based on their
  15. interviews with stakeholders</a>. While the FSFE is in full support of
  16. this European initiative, the implementation of the project leaves us
  17. concerned. FOSSA's first analysis lacks an understanding of Free
  18. Software; it includes several factual errors; and it was based on poorly
  19. conducted general interviews. <a href="https://k7r.eu/fossa-now-we-need-feedback-by-the-real-experts/">FSFE President Matthias Kirschner</a> and
  20. <a href="https://creative-destruction.me/2016/07/11/eu-fossa-needs-your-help-a-free-software-community-call-to-action/">FSFE Fellowship
  21. Representative Mirko Böehm</a>, who were both interviewed for the project,
  22. have summarised the most evident shortcomings in the recent
  23. FOSSA publications. However, looking from another perspective: FOSSA is
  24. still in its first stages and with the help of more Free Software
  25. experts, we can get FOSSA going in the right direction. The FSFE will
  26. continue to closely follow FOSSA's upcoming implementations. In case you have
  27. any comments or feedback concerning the initiative, please do not
  28. hesitate to share your thoughts with us on our
  29. <a href="https://mail.fsfeurope.org/mailman/listinfo/discussion">
  30. discussion list</a> or directly to the attention of Matthias Kirschner.
  31. This way, we will make sure that all relevant concerns will be communicated
  32. to the EU.</p>
  33. <h2 id="italy-plans-to-stop-its-explicit-support-for-free-software-in-e-government">
  34. Italy plans to stop its explicit support for Free Software
  35. in e-Government</h2>
  36. <p>The government of Italy is planning to <a href="http://www.funzionepubblica.gov.it/articolo/riforma-della-pa/10-02-2016/codice-dellamministrazione-digitale">
  37. revise the provision in the Digital Administration Law that requires
  38. public administrations to prioritise reusable, Free Software-based
  39. software solutions</a>. The changes also concern the publication and
  40. maintenance of a list of open ICT standards that are used by public administrations. Following
  41. this proposal would mean the government will no longer require the national agency
  42. for the Digitisation of the Public Sector (AGID) to issue binding opinions on
  43. interoperability, or to prioritise Free Software. Members of the
  44. Italian Parliament have raised their concerns in regard to the proposed changes.
  45. FSFE's General Counsel Carlo Piana has previously
  46. <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2014/news-20140116-01.en.html">advised
  47. Italian authorities on the guidelines of implementation of Digital Administration Law
  48. </a>, and contested the government's plans <a href="http://www.techeconomy.it/2016/07/07/bulgaria-open-italia-qualche-passo-dietro/">in his letter to Tech Economy</a> (in Italian).
  49. </p>
  50. <h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
  51. <ul>
  52. <li>Daniel Pocock explains security problems with SMS and phone
  53. verification, and asks
  54. <a href="https://danielpocock.com/how-many-mobile-phone-accounts-will-be-hijacked-this-summer">how many mobile phone accounts will be hijacked
  55. this summer</a>.</li>
  56. <li>Hannes Hauswedell explains how you can <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/h2/2016/07/27/retroactively-replacing-git-subtree-with-git-submodule/">
  57. retroactively replace git subtree with git submodule</a>.</li>
  58. <li>Polina Malaja sums up the creation of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) and
  59. <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/polina/2016/07/11/ec-free-software-to-enhance-cybersecurity/">
  60. explains why many security concerns can be significantly decreased by using Free
  61. Software as much as possible</a>.</li>
  62. <li>Daniel Pocock explains <a href="https://danielpocock.com/help-monitoring-packages-in-debian-and-ubuntu">how you can help with
  63. monitoring packages in Debian and Ubuntu.</a> </li>
  64. <li>Wolfgang Romey writes about <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/wromey/2016/07/16/anschlussfrage-warum-sind-nachhaltige-gerate-zudem-noch-technisch-ruckstandig/">
  65. the sustainability of technical devices and their need for Free Software</a> (German).</li>
  66. </ul>
  67. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
  68. <ul>
  69. <li>Early this summer, the FSFE co-signed a letter in support of strong
  70. net neutrality together with 72 other organisations. The European Commission, however,
  71. seems to endorse the weak net neutrality demands proposed by the coalition
  72. of 17 biggest EU Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the so-called '5G manifesto'.
  73. Our policy analyst Polina Malaja <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/polina/2016/07/15/on-carrots-and-sticks-5g-manifesto/">blogged about the worrisome direction
  74. of watering down strong net neutrality in the name of 'innovation'</a>. </li>
  75. <li>Matthias gave a talk at the Technical University of Berlin about
  76. the importance of Free Software and presented some of the highlights of FSFE's work.</li>
  77. <li>FSFE's Italian team was present with a booth at Wikimania 2016 in Esino Larino, Italy.</li>
  78. </ul>
  79. <h2 id="take-action">Take action!</h2>
  80. <p>From August 1st, a new German law will allow users to freely choose
  81. their router device. The FSFE wants to ensure everybody knows about their new
  82. rights and is <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160725-01.en.html">
  83. asking users to report cases in which internet service providers (ISP) try to
  84. avoid the new regulation</a>. The new regulation was designed to eliminate
  85. previous ambiguity around the practice of "compulsory routers"
  86. imposed on the users by ISPs. However, it is necessary to ensure that
  87. the new law is implemented.</p>
  88. <p>If you are a client of a German internet provider, we ask you to exercise
  89. your new right and start using an alternative device, ideally one that runs
  90. Free Software. Please provide us feedback whether you had any issues about
  91. running a new router and help us to collect it in our
  92. <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/CompulsoryRouters/Implementation/Germany">wiki page</a>.
  93. In case you don't have an alternative device at hand, the FSFE can also provide some testing devices.
  94. Please refer to our wiki page for more information on this.</p>
  95. <h2 id="good-free-software-news">Good Free Software news</h2>
  96. <p>The European Commission will <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/new-european-contest-promote-it-reuse">reward existing IT solutions
  97. that have been developed and shared by public administrations, and that
  98. can be further reused across Europe due to the use of Free Software licenses</a>.
  99. Adullact, the French organisation for public administrations using free
  100. software, set up Comptoir-du-Libre.org,<a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/new-site-promote-proven-open-source-ict-tools"> a website that aims to
  101. help public administrations’ IT decision-makers to switch to Free Software</a>.
  102. The city council of <a href="http://www.miciudadreal.es/2016/05/25/el-pleno-acuerda-caminar-hacia-el-software-libre/">the Spanish city of Ciudad Real voted in favor of a
  103. resolution to switch all 400 workstations of the city's administration
  104. to Free Software</a> (Spanish). The Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, in
  105. cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and
  106. Research, started the <a href="https://prototypefund.de/en/">Prototype fund</a>, which supports Free Software
  107. projects with a grant of up to €30.000, available for anyone with primary residence in Germany.</p>
  108. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute.en.html">volunteers</a>,
  109. <a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join">Fellows</a> and <a href="https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus.en.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,</p>
  110. <p>your editors Polina Malaja and Erik Albers, <a href="https://fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
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