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<h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - April 2017</h1>
<h2 id="Free-Software-in-the-German-OGP-action-plan">Free Software in the German OGP action plan</h2>
<p>Last December, Germany joined the
<a href="">Open Government
Partnership</a> and now has until June 2017 to develop and decide
on an action plan. Increased transparency and continuous reporting,
governmental effectiveness and citizen-friendly administration are
all part of the goals of Open Government.</p>
<p>The FSFE has worked together with other organisations and the
"working group OGP" Germany to summarise the topic of Free Software
in the Open Government context and provide concrete action items,
along with a short but illuminating introduction into the topic
and a vision for 2030. The recommendations were submitted to the
German government in March.</p>
<p>The proposal was the outcome of a workshop, held by the German
Government in February, with the contribution of numerous
civil society representatives, including the FSFE. By
<a href="/news/2017/news-20170328-01.html">
publishing our suggestions</a>, we hope to enable civil society
actors worldwide to learn about the OGP discussion in Germany and
use these suggestions in other countries.</p>
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<p>Help us grow and make a difference in 2017
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<h2 id="what-else-have-we-done?-inside-and-Outside-the-fsfe">
What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE</h2>
<li> In the Dutch elections, <a href="/news/2017/news-20170302-01.html"></a>, initiated by the Dutch FSFE group, compared
party positions on digital freedom and not only helped voters
to make up their minds, but also gave a taste of what to expect
by the newly elected parties' digital policies.</li>
<li> Last month, <a href="/associates/associates.html">
we welcomed as an associated organisation, - a
non-profit think/do tank</a> with more than 10 years of
expertise in developing Free Software tools and narratives for
community empowerment.</li>
<li>On March 7, <a href="ttps://">
Matthias Kirschner put the spotlight on LiMux</a> at the talk
he gave at <a href="">
the 58. Netzpolitischer Abend</a> in Berlin, and on March 28,
<a href="">he shared his views
with the audience at the ISCTE–University Institute of Lisbon
in Portugal</a> concerning ways to empower people to use
technology. Matthias also participated in a longer
<a href="">podcast
in German about LiMux</a>.</li>
<li>On March 11-12,<a href="">
the FSFE returned to Chemnitzer Linux-Tage</a>, Germany's
biggest Free Software conference, held in the University
of Chemnitz. We arranged an information booth and Max Mehl
spoke about the developments around the
<a href="/activities/radiodirective/index.html">
EU Radio "Lockdown" Directive</a>.</li>
<li>On March 20, Olga Gkotsopoulou, Polina Malaja and Lusy Vaseva
<a href="">
presented the FSFE's Position Paper for the endorsement of Free
Software and Open Standards in Horizon 2020 and all publicly-funded
research</a> and facilitated a discussion about the role of Free
Software in Open Science at <a href="">
the Open Science Barcamp in Berlin</a>.</li>
<li><a href="">
The winners of the 2016 Free Software Awards were announced by
the Free Software Foundation</a> during the LibrePlanet 2017
conference. The Award for Projects of Social Benefit was given to
SecureDrop, an anonymous whistleblowing platform, maintained by
Freedom of the Press Foundation, while the Award for the Advancement
of Free Software went to Alexandre Oliva, an advocate of Free
Software and the GNU Project.</li>
<li><a href="">
The Vienna FSFE group held an information booth at Veganmania
indoor festival 2017.</a></li>
<li>Jonas Öberg wrote about the <a href="">
the need to work more with governments and local municipalities</a>
in order to encourage uptake of Free Software friendly policies in
procurement and development of IT systems. The FSFE policy team
has intensified its efforts in this direction and
<a href="">asks
for everyone's support.</a></li>
<li>If you're interested in discussions about Free Software on
Android, you can join FSFE's <a href="">
android mailing list</a>, which Matthias Kirschner highlighted in
his introduction to <a href="">
installing Signal without a Google account or Google Play</a>.</li>
<li> <a href="/news/2017/news-20170315-01.html">
In February, we celebrated the "I Love Free Software day" for the
8th consecutive year</a>. People all over the world used the
occasion to declare their love and affection not only towards their
significant other, but to the whole Free Software community.
This year's celebrations had everything:
<a href="/activities/ilovefs/whylovefs/gallery.html">
a FOSDEM photobooth in Brussels</a>, <a href="/news/2017/graphics/ilovefs-roses.jpg">
letters and flowers for the German Parliament</a>, light projections
<a href=""> in the streets of Berlin</a>
and <a href="">
Frankfurt</a>, creative <a href="">
artworks</a>, a bright program of IloveFS events,
<a href="">
funny memes</a>, songs, microblogging as well as longer blogposts
from individuals, politicians and supporting organisations.</li>
<li>Are you currently a student? Is an internship a compulsory part
of your studies curriculum? Are you fluent in German and English
and interested in the politics around Free Software? Then,
<a href="/news/2017/news-20170321-01.html">check
our new intern vacancy announcement</a>, for a position in our
office in Berlin, from June till October 2017. And don't forget,
that we're still able to accept additional student interns for
2017. <a href="/news/2017/news-20170116-01.html">
Apply now</a> and don't miss the opportunity to become part of a
great international and diverse team, based in Berlin!</li>
<h2 id="get-active">Get active</h2>
<p>Fellowship elections 2017: According to
<a href="/about/legal/constitution.html#id-fellowship-seats">
our constitution</a>, two seats in the <a href="/about/team#general-assembly">
General Assembly</a> are reserved for elected representatives of our
Fellows. They serve two-year terms and one seat is up for re-election
every year. The electoral process 2017 covers the period from April
10 till April 24. Eight candidates are running for office in the
FSFE's General Assembly. You can find the list of candidates, along
with their manifestos and background as well as the election schedule
and voting procedure, in <a href="">
our dedicated Fellowship Election 2017 page</a>. All Fellows
eligible to vote will automatically receive an email with all
necessary information.</p>
<h2 id="help-us-improve-our-newsletter">Help us improve
our newsletter</h2>
<p>If you see some news you think should be included, forward
it to us. If you'd like to share any thoughts, send them to us.
The address is as always <email></email>. We're looking
forward to hearing from you!</p>
<p>Thanks to all
<a href="/contribute/contribute.html">
<a href="">
supporters</a> and
<a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">
donors</a> who make our work possible.</p>
<p>your editors Jonas Öberg, Olga Gkotsopoulou, Lusy Vaseva
<a href="/">FSFE</a></p>
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<p>Help us grow and make a difference in 2017
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