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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - September 2016</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - September 2016</h1>
  8. <h2 id="words-from-your-editors">Words from your editors</h2>
  9. <p>
  10. Thank you for contributing to making the FSFE Summit
  11. this past weekend a huge success! We were excited to see so many
  12. familiar faces and we're eager to meet again soon. Of course, the
  13. FSFE Summit was not the only thing going on in the past month. In this
  14. newsletter you can read about our community's other activities.
  15. In the October newsletter, we will share more
  16. of what happened at the Summit. Stay tuned for more!
  17. </p>
  18. <h2 id="the-fsfes-15-years">The FSFE's 15 years</h2>
  19. <p>
  20. This year we are celebrating our <a href="/activities/15years/">15th
  21. anniversary</a> and the culmination
  22. of the official celebration took place during the FSFE Summit from the
  23. 2nd to the 4th of September. But this celebration should continue throughout the year: let us
  24. use the coming weeks and months to highlight 15 years of our
  25. existence, and use this opportunity to spread the word about free
  26. software and our work. Let us highlight our biggest
  27. achievements, recall personal stories and share them through blog posts,
  28. social media, mailing lists, chats and in other ways.
  29. </p>
  30. <p>
  31. In order to get some inspiration about how you can contribute, you are
  32. welcome to visit <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/2016/FSFE-15years-birthday/spread-the-word">our
  33. wiki page</a> in which you will find examples and help to contribute. Some of the
  34. work we have carried out in the last 15 years is also available on the
  35. revised FSFE <a href="/timeline/timeline">timeline</a>.
  36. </p>
  37. <p>
  38. One of our recent accomplishments has been the creation of our
  39. <a href="/activities/15years">FSFE video</a> to commemorate our
  40. birthday. This video has subtitles in no less than 12
  41. languages, thanks to our amazing volunteer translators.
  42. Check out our new 15th anniversary sticker, which you can
  43. order from us to help <a href="/contribute/spreadtheword">spread the
  44. word</a>, not only for yourself.
  45. </p>
  46. <h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
  47. <p>
  48. <ul>
  49. <li>Thanks to our translators (mentioned now for
  50. the second time in this newsletter!), we are able to reach a wide
  51. multilingual audience! The help of our translators is crucial to our
  52. outreach. French translator Julien Pivotto has
  53. improved the existing translation process to be more efficient and
  54. accessible. He has written a proposal to change the <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/TechDocs/Translations">principal concept behind the
  55. process</a>. Cryptie and
  56. André Ockers held a session about this <a href="https://conf.qtcon.org/en/qtcon/public/events/757">during the
  57. summit</a>.</li>
  58. <li>Paul Boddie <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=1314">blogged
  59. about the EOMA68 Campaign and some of its criticisms</a>. The EOMA68
  60. campaign later succeeded in its fundraising and will now be put in
  61. production.</li>
  62. <li>André Ockers also <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/ao/2016/08/13/free-software-pdf-campaign-it-isnt-over-until-it-is-over/">convinced Dutch authorities to remove ads for a
  63. non-free PDF reader</a>
  64. from the official website Digid.nl used to access most of the public
  65. services in Netherlands. </li>
  66. <li>Matthias Kirschner blogged about a way to <a href="https://k7r.eu/setting-up-a-slightly-more-secure-solution-for-home-banking">set up a slightly more secure solution for home
  67. banking</a>,
  68. letting the browser you use for banking run separately from your other
  69. browser. In a separate post, he also wrote <a href="https://k7r.eu/free-software-in-the-berlin-election-programs/">an
  70. overview of the positive aspects</a> of Free Software included in
  71. parties' positions, for the forthcoming Berlin elections.</li>
  72. <li>Jonas Öberg wrote about the FSFE's group registration with IRC
  73. network Freenode, which makes it possible to <a href="http://blog.jonasoberg.net/irc-cloaks-on-freenode-available/">request
  74. FSFE affiliated cloaks</a>.
  75. He also wrote about his <a href="http://blog.jonasoberg.net/the-woes-of-webvtt/">experience getting
  76. subtitles to work with our FSFE video using WebVTT</a>.</li>
  77. </ul>
  78. </p>
  79. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
  80. <p>
  81. <ul>
  82. <li><a href="/news/2016/news-20160817-01">The FSFE joined the Advisory
  83. board of the Document Foundation, whilst the Document Foundation became
  84. an associated organisation of the FSFE</a>. With this mutual expression
  85. of support, both organisations will strengthen one another in their common
  86. goal to keep the general public in the technological driver's
  87. seat.</li>
  88. <li>Erik Grun and Erik Albers aligned in the name of the FSFE with several
  89. other organisations to run a <a href="/activities/elections/askyourcandidates">Ask your
  90. candidates campaign</a> called "Wahlprüfsteine". Questions have been
  91. sent to most parties in the upcoming elections in
  92. <a href="/news/2016/news-20160823-01">Mecklenburg Vorpommern</a>
  93. and <a href="/news/2016/news-20160831-01">Berlin</a>.
  94. Their responses have been analysed and published
  95. for the voting public.</li>
  96. <li>Since August 1st, thanks to <a href="/news/2016/news-20160725-01">a
  97. new German law</a>, if you are the client of a German internet provider,
  98. you have the right to use an alternative router, ideally one
  99. running Free Software. Please provide us feedback whether you had any
  100. issues running a new router and help us to collect it in our
  101. <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/CompulsoryRouters/Implementation/Germany">wiki page</a>.
  102. In case you don't have an alternative device at hand, the FSFE's German
  103. Coordinator Max Mehl has already <a href="https://blog.mehl.mx/2016/erste-testgeraete-fuer-routerfreiheit-versendet/">sent the first Free Software routers to volunteers</a>
  104. for testing and we can provide more. </li>
  105. <li>The FSFE was present at FrOSCon 2016 in Sankt Augustin, where our
  106. Policy Analyst and Legal Coordinator Polina Malaja gave a talk about
  107. <a href="https://programm.froscon.de/2016/events/1797.html">"DSM, EIF,
  108. RED: Acronyms on the EU level and why they matter for software
  109. freedom"</a> (in English), and the German Coordinator Max Mehl gave talk about
  110. <a href="https://programm.froscon.de/2016/events/1738.html">"Routerzwang
  111. und Funkabschottung – Was Aktivisten davon lernen können"</a> (in
  112. German). Max <a href="https://blog.mehl.mx/2016/froscon-2016-ein-rueckblick/">blogged about
  113. his conference experience and included links to recordings of both
  114. talks</a>.</li>
  115. </ul>
  116. </p>
  117. <h2 id="take-action">Take action!</h2>
  118. <p>
  119. For our 15 year anniversary (there's a lot of this this month, as you
  120. can tell), we are organising the <a href="/activities/15years">"Get
  121. to know your Local Free Software Hero" campaign</a>. The idea
  122. is to bring our community members in touch with the local press in the
  123. region where they live. Our local heroes explain how the Free Software
  124. community affects the people in their region, its benefits for
  125. education, health system, local economy and the daily life of the
  126. citizens. If you are a journalist, blogger, vlogger, podcaster, or
  127. anyone else who can help us to get in touch with a media outlet,
  128. please contact us and we will tell you who your local heroes are and
  129. how to meet them.
  130. </p>
  131. <h2 id="other-free-software-news">Other Free Software news</h2>
  132. <p>
  133. The Lithuanian police <a href="https://itsfoss.com/lithuanian-police-switches-libreoffice/">migrated
  134. over 8000 workstations from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice</a>. The
  135. Dutch government in its Digital Agenda for 2016-2017 is considering
  136. <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/epractice/news/dutch-consider-mandatory-egovernment-standards">making the use of Open Standards mandatory
  137. for public administrations</a>, within the aim of providing businesses and
  138. citizens with easier access to eGovernment services. The city of
  139. Valencia (Spain) is <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/spain%E2%80%99s-valencia-reuses-greek-pc-lab-software">reusing Epoptes</a>,
  140. a software for managing school PC labs, developed as free software in
  141. Greece since 2008. The software is improved by staff members of the
  142. city’s IT department, who share their code publicly.
  143. </p>
  144. <h2 id="fsfe-in-the-press">The FSFE in the Press</h2>
  145. <p>
  146. In light of its 15th anniversary, the FSFE received press coverage
  147. concerning a number of topics. Here are some of these articles for
  148. further reading:
  149. </p>
  150. <p>
  151. <ul>
  152. <li>[EN] by William New, Matthias was quoted by an Intellectual Property
  153. Watch article about how the <a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/08/22/new-us-government-source-code-policy-could-provide-model-for-europe/">New US Government Source Code Policy Could
  154. Provide Model For Europe</a>.</li>
  155. <li>[IT] [EN] by Sonia Montegiove, Tech Economy, <a href="http://www.techeconomy.it/2016/08/18/sostegno-alla-liberta-digitale-fsfe-intervista-doppia-matthias-kircker-alessandro-rubini/?platform=hootsuite">Support to the digital
  156. freedom with FSFE: a double interview with Matthias Kirschner and
  157. Alessandro Rubini</a>.</li>
  158. <li>[DE] [AT] by Patrick Dax, Future zone,
  159. <a href="https://futurezone.at/netzpolitik/bedenken-gegen-einschraenkung-alternativer-router-software/216.155.897">Concerns regarding the limitation of
  160. alternative router software</a>. In the article, there is a reference
  161. to the FSFE's campaign against compulsory routers.</li>
  162. <li>[EN] by Paul Brown, opensource.com, <a href="https://opensource.com/life/16/8/fsfe-summit-europe-2016?sc_cid=701600000011jJVAAY">First ever FSFE Summit celebrates free software
  163. successes</a>.</li>
  164. <li>[DE] by Hans-Joachim Baader, pro-linux.de, <a href="http://www.pro-linux.de/news/1/23900/fsfe-vergleicht-parteipositionen-zu-freier-software-f%C3%BCr-wahl-in-mecklenburg.html">The FSFE compares the
  165. positions of the parties regarding Free Software for the elections in
  166. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern</a>.</li>
  167. <li>[DE] by Mirko Lindner, pro-linux.de, <a href="http://www.pro-linux.de/news/1/23878/fsfe-und-tdf-arbeiten-enger-zusammen.html">FSFE
  168. und TDF arbeiten enger zusammen</a>.</li>
  169. <li>[EN] by Paul Brown, LiNUX.com, <a href="https://www.linux.com/news/first-fsfe-summit-will-focus-social-issues-and-strategies">First FSFE Summit Will Focus on Social Issues and
  170. Strategies</a>.</li>
  171. <li>[DE] by Jan Raehm, Deutschlandfunk, <a href="http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/computer-programme-ohne-zwaenge-kampf-um-freie-software.684.de.html?dram:article_id=364243">Computer programs without
  172. constraints - the battle for free software</a>.</li>
  173. </ul>
  174. </p>
  175. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.en.html">volunteers</a>,
  176. <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Fellows</a> and <a href="/donate/thankgnus.en.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,</p>
  177. <p>your editors Polina Malaja, Erik Albers, Olga Gkotsopoulou and
  178. Jonas Öberg, <a href="https://fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
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