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  2. <head>
  3. <title>FSFE Newsletter - September 2016</title>
  4. </head>
  5. <body class="newsletter article" microformats="h-entry" id="nl-201609">
  6. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - September 2016</h1>
  7. <h2 id="words-from-your-editors">Words from your editors</h2>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">
  9. Thank you for contributing to making the FSFE Summit
  10. this past weekend a huge success! We were excited to see so many
  11. familiar faces and we're eager to meet again soon. Of course, the
  12. FSFE Summit was not the only thing going on in the past month. In this
  13. newsletter you can read about our community's other activities.
  14. In the October newsletter, we will share more
  15. of what happened at the Summit. Stay tuned for more!
  16. </p>
  17. <h2 id="the-fsfes-15-years">The FSFE's 15 years</h2>
  18. <p>
  19. This year we are celebrating our <a href="/campaigns/15years/">15th
  20. anniversary</a> and the culmination
  21. of the official celebration took place during the FSFE Summit from the
  22. 2nd to the 4th of September. But this celebration should continue throughout the year: let us
  23. use the coming weeks and months to highlight 15 years of our
  24. existence, and use this opportunity to spread the word about free
  25. software and our work. Let us highlight our biggest
  26. achievements, recall personal stories and share them through blog posts,
  27. social media, mailing lists, chats and in other ways.
  28. </p>
  29. <p>
  30. In order to get some inspiration about how you can contribute, you are
  31. welcome to visit <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/2016/FSFE-15years-birthday/spread-the-word">our
  32. wiki page</a> in which you will find examples and help to contribute. Some of the
  33. work we have carried out in the last 15 years is also available on the
  34. revised FSFE <a href="/timeline/timeline">timeline</a>.
  35. </p>
  36. <p>
  37. One of our recent accomplishments has been the creation of our
  38. <a href="/campaigns/15years/15years">FSFE video</a> to commemorate our
  39. birthday. This video has subtitles in no less than 12
  40. languages, thanks to our amazing volunteer translators.
  41. Check out our new 15th anniversary sticker, which you can
  42. order from us to help <a href="/contribute/spreadtheword">spread the
  43. word</a>, not only for yourself.
  44. </p>
  45. <h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
  46. <p>
  47. <ul>
  48. <li>Thanks to our translators (mentioned now for
  49. the second time in this newsletter!), we are able to reach a wide
  50. multilingual audience! The help of our translators is crucial to our
  51. outreach. French translator Julien Pivotto has
  52. improved the existing translation process to be more efficient and
  53. accessible. He has written a proposal to change the <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/TechDocs/Translations">principal concept behind the
  54. process</a>. Cryptie and
  55. André Ockers held a session about this <a href="https://conf.qtcon.org/en/qtcon/public/events/757">during the
  56. summit</a>.</li>
  57. <li>Paul Boddie <a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=1314">blogged
  58. about the EOMA68 Campaign and some of its criticisms</a>. The EOMA68
  59. campaign later succeeded in its fundraising and will now be put in
  60. production.</li>
  61. <li>André Ockers also <a href="http://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
  62. non-free PDF reader</a>
  63. from the official website Digid.nl used to access most of the public
  64. services in Netherlands. </li>
  65. <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
  66. banking</a>,
  67. letting the browser you use for banking run separately from your other
  68. browser. In a separate post, he also wrote <a href="https://k7r.eu/free-software-in-the-berlin-election-programs/">an
  69. overview of the positive aspects</a> of Free Software included in
  70. parties' positions, for the forthcoming Berlin elections.</li>
  71. <li>Jonas Öberg wrote about the FSFE's group registration with IRC
  72. network Freenode, which makes it possible to <a href="http://blog.jonasoberg.net/irc-cloaks-on-freenode-available/">request
  73. FSFE affiliated cloaks</a>.
  74. He also wrote about his <a href="http://blog.jonasoberg.net/the-woes-of-webvtt/">experience getting
  75. subtitles to work with our FSFE video using WebVTT</a>.</li>
  76. </ul>
  77. </p>
  78. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
  79. <p>
  80. <ul>
  81. <li><a href="/news/2016/news-20160817-01">The FSFE joined the Advisory
  82. board of the Document Foundation, whilst the Document Foundation became
  83. an associated organisation of the FSFE</a>. With this mutual expression
  84. of support, both organisations will strengthen one another in their common
  85. goal to keep the general public in the technological driver's
  86. seat.</li>
  87. <li>Erik Grun and Erik Albers aligned in the name of the FSFE with several
  88. other organisations to run a <a href="/campaigns/ayc">Ask your
  89. candidates campaign</a> called "Wahlprüfsteine". Questions have been
  90. sent to most parties in the upcoming elections in
  91. <a href="/news/2016/news-20160823-01">Mecklenburg Vorpommern</a>
  92. and <a href="/news/2016/news-20160831-01">Berlin</a>.
  93. Their responses have been analysed and published
  94. for the voting public.</li>
  95. <li>Since August 1st, thanks to <a href="/news/2016/news-20160725-01">a
  96. new German law</a>, if you are the client of a German internet provider,
  97. you have the right to use an alternative router, ideally one
  98. running Free Software. Please provide us feedback whether you had any
  99. issues running a new router and help us to collect it in our
  100. <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/CompulsoryRouters/Implementation/Germany">wiki page</a>.
  101. In case you don't have an alternative device at hand, the FSFE's German
  102. 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>
  103. for testing and we can provide more. </li>
  104. <li>The FSFE was present at FrOSCon 2016 in Sankt Augustin, where our
  105. Policy Analyst and Legal Coordinator Polina Malaja gave a talk about
  106. <a href="https://programm.froscon.de/2016/events/1797.html">"DSM, EIF,
  107. RED: Acronyms on the EU level and why they matter for software
  108. freedom"</a> (in English), and the German Coordinator Max Mehl gave talk about
  109. <a href="https://programm.froscon.de/2016/events/1738.html">"Routerzwang
  110. und Funkabschottung – Was Aktivisten davon lernen können"</a> (in
  111. German). Max <a href="https://blog.mehl.mx/2016/froscon-2016-ein-rueckblick/">blogged about
  112. his conference experience and included links to recordings of both
  113. talks</a>.</li>
  114. </ul>
  115. </p>
  116. <h2 id="take-action">Take action!</h2>
  117. <p>
  118. For our 15 year anniversary (there's a lot of this this month, as you
  119. can tell), we are organising the <a href="/campaigns/15years/15years">"Get
  120. to know your Local Free Software Hero" campaign</a>. The idea
  121. is to bring our community members in touch with the local press in the
  122. region where they live. Our local heroes explain how the Free Software
  123. community affects the people in their region, its benefits for
  124. education, health system, local economy and the daily life of the
  125. citizens. If you are a journalist, blogger, vlogger, podcaster, or
  126. anyone else who can help us to get in touch with a media outlet,
  127. please contact us and we will tell you who your local heroes are and
  128. how to meet them.
  129. </p>
  130. <h2 id="other-free-software-news">Other Free Software news</h2>
  131. <p>
  132. The Lithuanian police <a href="https://itsfoss.com/lithuanian-police-switches-libreoffice/">migrated
  133. over 8000 workstations from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice</a>. The
  134. Dutch government in its Digital Agenda for 2016-2017 is considering
  135. <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/epractice/news/dutch-consider-mandatory-egovernment-standards">making the use of Open Standards mandatory
  136. for public administrations</a>, within the aim of providing businesses and
  137. citizens with easier access to eGovernment services. The city of
  138. 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>,
  139. a software for managing school PC labs, developed as free software in
  140. Greece since 2008. The software is improved by staff members of the
  141. city’s IT department, who share their code publicly.
  142. </p>
  143. <h2 id="fsfe-in-the-press">The FSFE in the Press</h2>
  144. <p>
  145. In light of its 15th anniversary, the FSFE received press coverage
  146. concerning a number of topics. Here are some of these articles for
  147. further reading:
  148. </p>
  149. <p>
  150. <ul>
  151. <li>[EN] by William New, Matthias was quoted by an Intellectual Property
  152. 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
  153. Provide Model For Europe</a>.</li>
  154. <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
  155. freedom with FSFE: a double interview with Matthias Kirschner and
  156. Alessandro Rubini</a>.</li>
  157. <li>[DE] [AT] by Patrick Dax, Future zone,
  158. <a href="https://futurezone.at/netzpolitik/bedenken-gegen-einschraenkung-alternativer-router-software/216.155.897">Concerns regarding the limitation of
  159. alternative router software</a>. In the article, there is a reference
  160. to the FSFE's campaign against compulsory routers.</li>
  161. <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
  162. successes</a>.</li>
  163. <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
  164. positions of the parties regarding Free Software for the elections in
  165. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern</a>.</li>
  166. <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
  167. und TDF arbeiten enger zusammen</a>.</li>
  168. <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
  169. Strategies</a>.</li>
  170. <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
  171. constraints - the battle for free software</a>.</li>
  172. </ul>
  173. </p>
  174. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute.en.html">volunteers</a>,
  175. <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>
  176. <p>your editors Polina Malaja, Erik Albers, Olga Gkotsopoulou and
  177. Jonas Öberg, <a href="https://fsfe.org">FSFE</a></p>
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