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<h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - October 2016</h1>
<h2 id="words-from-your-editors">Words from your editors</h2>
<p>
After some changes to the FSFE's internship program in early
September, we're happy to be able to announce an opening for a
<a href="/news/2016/news-20160930-01.html">technical intern</a>
with the FSFE. We're seeking an intern who can work with us for three months
in our Berlin office, learning about Free Software and the FSFE, while at
the same time contributing to rewriting parts of our technical infrastructure.
</p>
<p>
In the coming months, we'll announce more internship opportunities and a
good way to get to know about them is to read this newsletter regularly.
Be sure to check out our section on taking action below for some news about
our merchandise sale and information material (we'd love to send you more,
if you've run out!).
</p>
<h2 id="the-summit">The Summit</h2>
<p>We're still not over how cool it was to see so many from our
community join the FSFE Summit in September. It was a good
experience and we're keen to repeat it. One of the highlights was
the ending keynote where Julia Reda called out <a href=
"/news/2016/news-20160907-01.html">proprietary
software as a threat to democracy</a>. Be sure to view the
keynote and some of the other talks from the Summit, either on
our <a href=
"https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC68ldbHwL_-5qzETqOaAMWQ">YouTube
channel</a>, or from our <a href=
"https://download.fsfe.org/videos/summit2016/">download
server</a> where you can get the available videos in webm
format.</p>
<p>We also celebrated the FSFE's 15th birthday in C-Base with a
ceremony where we honored many of our local heroes from around
Europe. C-Base has kindly provided a <a href=
"https://vimeo.com/181328339">recording of the ceremony</a> if
you're interested in hearing the story of some of our heroes, all
of whom you can find working in one of the FSFE's teams today.</p>
<h2 id="are-you-our-next-technical-intern">Are you our next
technical intern?</h2>
<p>As mentioned, we are looking for a technical intern to join
our team for three months, taking part in rewriting and
implementing a new account management system. This internship is
based in Berlin, starting the 1st of January 2017 or as otherwise
agreed. It's compensated with a basic salary, the details of
which you can read together with other information in our
<a href="/news/2016/news-20160930-01.html">call
for a technical intern</a>. We look forward to seeing your
application!</p>
<h2 id="from-the-community">From the community</h2>
<ul>
<li>
<p>David Boddie described the experiences he had <a href=
"http://www.boddie.org.uk/david/www-repo/Personal/Updates/2016/2016-09-01.html">
exploring alternative operating systems and in particular,
Inferno</a>.</p>
</li>
<li>
<p>Michał ‘mina86’ Nazarewicz offered a handful of useful
<a href="https://mina86.com/2016/python-tricks/">Python
tricks and tips</a></p>
</li>
<li>
<p>Jonas Öberg blogged about <a href=
"http://blog.jonasoberg.net/code-availability-or-code-contributions/">
code availability, or code contributions</a> and introduced
<a href=
"http://blog.jonasoberg.net/internship-changes-in-the-fsfe/">the
changes to the FSFE internship program</a>. Subscribe to our
newsletter, if you haven't done already, in order to receive
the latest news about all the open internship vacancies in
the FSFE!</p>
</li>
<li>
<p>Elena "of Valhalla" explains the differences between
<a href=
"http://social.gl-como.it/display/3e3ce0df3657cf0f075f102119218743">
accepting candy from strangers and using gratis software from
random sources</a>.</p>
</li>
<li>
<p>Polina Malaja blogged about <a href=
"https://blogs.fsfe.org/polina/2016/09/14/copyright-reform-mo-money-to-publishers-mo-problems-for-everyone-else/">
the challenges of the EU Copyright reform</a>.</p>
</li>
<li>
<p>Florian Snow <a href=
"https://blogs.fsfe.org/floriansnow/">shared his memories
from the 3 days of the FSFE Summit</a> in Berlin, inside and
outside the BCC.</p>
</li>
</ul>
<h2 id="other-news">Other news</h2>
<p>Matthew Garrett, board member of the FSF, wrote <a href=
"http://www.fsf.org/news/free-software-foundation-stresses-necessity-of-full-user-control-over-internet-connected-devices">
an article</a> stressing the necessity of full user control over
Internet-connected devices, outlining some necessary practices
for IoT.</p>
<h2 id="what-else-have-we-done">What else have we done?</h2>
<ul>
<li>
<p>Polina Malaja, FSFE's policy analyst and legal
coordinator, together with the FSFE's legal counsel Carlo Piana,
participated in a workshop on the interactions of Free
Software and standardisation, organised by the European
Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in
Sophia-Antipolis, France. During the workshop, they worked to
push for adoption of strong copyleft licenses and to resolve
some of the tensions around patents.</p>
</li>
<li>
<p>Continuing the practice of being present in events
organised by other communities, the FSFE was present with an
Info-booth at the Rotlintstraßenfest in Frankfurt am Main. A
big thanks to the Fellowship group Rhine/Main for making this
possible!</p>
</li>
</ul>
<h2 id="take-action">Take action!</h2>
<ul>
<li>We have recently collected, sorted and taken stock of some
leftovers of the merchandise we had in previous years, and
we've <a href="/order/">put these items
online</a>. For most of the older items, we only have a few
available, so this is your chance to order some vintage FSFE
merchandise at a reduced price (look out for the red
numbers!)</li>
<li>If you're starting to run out of informational material about
free software, now may also be a good opportunity to get some
more. Order some stickers, posters and flyers from our <a href=
"/contribute/spreadtheword">promotional material
page</a> and we'll get them to you as soon as possible so you can help us
spread them around your company, your school, the local
library, at events, or anywhere else where you feel people
should know about free software.</li>
<li>If you're not already a Fellow of the FSFE, you should
consider <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">joining</a>. Our work
wouldn't be possible without the contribution of our Fellows
and volunteers!</li>
</ul>
<h2 id="the-fsfe-in-the-press">The FSFE in the Press</h2>
<ul>
<li>[DE] by Patrick Beuth, Zeit Online, <a href=
"http://www.zeit.de/digital/internet/2016-09/digitales-rechtemanagement-drm-hp-drucker-tintenpatronen-firmware/komplettansicht">
HP sabotages its own customers</a></li>
<li>[DE] by Stefan Krempl, Heise, <a href=
"http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Free-Software-Summit-Kampagne-fuer-oeffentliche-Software-in-der-Verwaltung-3313707.html">
Free Software Summit: Campaign for "Public Software" in Public
Administrations</a></li>
</ul>
<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, Jonas Öberg and Olga Gkotsopoulou <a href=
"/">FSFE</a></p>
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