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<h1 id="35-years-fsf-participation-sfscon-technical-job-vacancy">35 years FSF +++ Participation at SFSCon +++ Technical job vacancy</h1>
<p>Read in our October newsletter about FSF's thirty-fifth anniversary, our
upcoming participation at SFSCon, our technical job vacancy, and our
other diverse community activities.</p>
<h2 id="35-years-fsf">Congratulations to the FSF on its thirty-fifth anniversary</h2>
<p><a href="https://www.fsf.org/events/fsf35">35 years ago</a>, our sister
organisation, the <a href="https://fsf.org">Free Software Foundation</a>, was
founded to work for users' freedoms to use, study, share, and improve
software with the introductory line that <strong>"Our work will not be
finished until every computer user is able to do all of their digital tasks
in complete freedom"</strong>. That is a promise that holds true even after
thirty-five years of working for software freedom and inspiring countless
people and many organisations to take a stand for user freedoms. <a
href="/news/2020/news-20201009-01.html">The FSFE's President, Matthias
Kirschner, recorded a congratulatory speech</a> in which he reflected on the
importance the FSF and our movement have had and continue to have over the
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<h2 id="participation-sfscon">Participation at SFSCon</h2>
<p>The South Tyrolean Conference for Free Software, SFScon, is one of the
established annual conferences on Free Software in Europe. In recent years we
have been represented with lectures, workshops and our information booth.
Last year we also organised our Community Event in the context of SFSCON, so that
we could meet our community and also many other interested people, and
eventually <a href="/news/2019/news-20191205-01.html">reported about our
work</a>. </p>
<p>Due to the current situation, the 2020 edition of this event can only take
place in blended mode: both online and at NOI Techpark, for a limited number
of people. But of course, the FSFE is again contributing to the
<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/2a016b7f2770328ac7d26c7eab404ed9.jpg" alt="Community Meeting" />
<p>We have organised seven lectures in which legal issues are clarified and
current political developments are analysed. Concrete practical questions
concerning compliance, for example for SMEs, will be addressed, as well as
questions about machine learning and problems which arise in the development
of a "free" smartphone. <a href="/news/2020/news-20201019-01.html">Here you
find more information on our track and the SFSCon2020</a></p>
<p>The biggest financial impact the FSFE faces in these times of physical
distancing is the cancellation of Free Software conferences, including our
own events. To keep the software freedom movement solid and alive, please
consider <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl">donating a part of
your conference budget to Free Software organisations, including the
<h2 id="job-vacancy">Technical job vacancy</h2>
<p><a href="/news/2020/news-20201005-01.html">The FSFE is looking for a
working student</a> to support our work to empower people to control
technology. The person will work 10 hours per week in the Berlin office
(home office possible at a later stage) and will support the FSFE's
technical infrastructure by working closely together with our system
administrators. Deadline to apply is Sunday, 15 November 2020. Please share
this with others you know who might be interested. </p>
<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/e88678b1f41368ab7106657ce298706e.jpg" alt="Bulletin Board with a post saying: Make things happen" />
<h2 id="Upcoming-events">Upcoming events</h2>
<li>At the <a href="https://osseu2020.sched.com/event/eCVu">OSSEU2020
Alexander Sander will talk</a> about how Free Software enables global
solutions for global problems.</li>
<li>At the <a href="https://cfp.privacyweek.at/pw20/talk/BU7HK9/">Privacy
Week Alexander Sander will talk</a> about our "Public Money? Public Code!"
campaign and why Free Software helps to tackle a global crisis.</li>
<h2 id="what-have-we-done-inside-and-outside-the-fsfe">What have we done? Inside and outside the FSFE</h2>
<li>For the <a href="/news/podcast/episode-7.html">seventh episode of
our Software Freedom Podcast</a> we talked with Vincent Lequertier
about transparency, fairness, and accessibility as crucial criteria for
artificial intelligence (AI) and why it is important for our society to
release AI software under a Free Software license. </li>
<li>In his <a href="https://sfk.flossk.org/">keynote at Software
Freedom Kosova 2020 </a> Alexander Sander, FSFE's EU Public Policy
Manager, provided a brief overview of the FSFE's previous and ongoing activities to foster software
freedom in Europe, on the levels of politics, legal work with
enterprises, and general public awareness. The keynote was followed by
a workshop two weeks later.</li>
<li>At the "openSUSE + LibreOffice Virtual Conference" (oSLO),
Alexander Sander <a
a talk</a> about the advantages of using Free Software in the public
sector, about what we have learnt from the corona crisis, and why it is
even more important to use Free Software now than ever before.</li>
<li> We are grateful to Lioh Möller who coordinated the FSFE country
team Switzerland and welcome the new coordinator Gian-Maria Daffré with
Ralf Hersel as vice-coordinator. The Swiss group is well known for
their Free Software education portal <a
href="https://lernenwiedieprofis.ch/">Lernen wie die Profis (learning
like a pro)</a> and the news-zine and podcast <a
<li> The Berlin coordinator Erik Grun together with Katja Jäger <a
a talk</a> about Free Software for the digital society in education at
the re:publica campus in Berlin.</li>
<h2 id="contribute-to-our-newsletter">Contribute to our newsletter</h2>
<p>If you would like to share any thoughts, pictures, or news, please send
them to us. As always, the address is <email>newsletter@fsfe.org</email>. We are looking
forward hearing from you!</p>
<p>If you also want to support us and our work, join our community and
support us <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl-202009">with a
donation or a monthly contribution</a>.</p>
<p>Thanks to our community and all the <a href="/contribute">volunteers</a>,
<a href="https://my.fsfe.org/support">supporters</a>, and <a
href="/donate/thankgnus">donors</a> who make our work possible. And thanks to
<a href="/contribute/translators">our translators</a>, who enable you to read
this newsletter in your native languages.</p>
<p>Your editors,
Erik Albers and Alexander Sander</p>
<p><a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl">Support us with your donation</a></p>
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