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<h1 id="Dutch-autonomy-REUSE-booster-Torsten-Grote">Rising demands for Dutch digital autonomy +++ REUSE Booster +++ Torsten Grote</h1>
Dutch digital public services rely increasingly on monopolistic
companies; the FSFE Dutch team actively demands digital rights. In
June, we launched REUSE Booster to share legal advice with Free
Software projects on copyright. We interviewed Torsten Grote, a
member of the FSFE, who stressed the need to Free our Androids
early on.
<h2 id="dutch-digital-autonomy-is-undermined-demands-for-free-software-are-rising">Dutch Digital Autonomy is undermined; demands for Free Software are rising </h2>
The Netherlands is becoming dependent on a digital
infrastructure that is dominated by a small number of monopolistic
companies. Although the Dutch Cyber Security Council recognises the
consequent risk, their report neglects focusing on Open Standards
and Free Software, the proven best practices to face this problem.
The FSFE calls on the Dutch government to stand firm and <a
href="/news/2021/news-20210521-01.html">get a grip on their digital
security and autonomy by adhering to Open Standards and Free
Software</a>, in line with their earlier commitment to use Free
Software by default.
Our team emphatically defends digital rights in the Netherlands. In
2018, Jos van den Oever noticed that the &#39;Debat Direct&#39; app
could not be downloaded to his Firefox OS phone. In other words, the
official application for parliamentary debates was not available under
a Free Software license. Jos&#39; request to get the app&#39;s source
code was denied, and he brought the case to court. The Council of State
ruled on 31 March 2021 that the Parliament does not have to publish the
source code. As a result, the <a
href="/news/2021/news-20210611-01.html">participation app remains
closed</a> to those who wish to use only Free Software apps.
Jos van den Oever, the person behind this initiative, is a
FSFE volunteer and part of our country team Netherlands. Its
members kept in touch even during the pandemic, when they had to
replace booths for online meetings. Nico Rikken, one of the two
coordinators, shares his experiences about this transition in a
blogpost, and <a
anyone interested to join the FSFE community based in the
<img src=""/><figcaption>FSFE spot in a non-profit hacker-camp. The Netherlands, 2017.</figcaption>
<h2 id="reuse-booster-supports-free-software-projects-with-licensing">REUSE Booster supports Free Software projects with licensing</h2>
REUSE has facilitated the licensing of Free Software projects.
Developers are given standardised ways to mark all files in a
project with their chosen license and copyright notice. A
tutorial, a set of FAQs, a helper tool, and an API have been
made available to lower the threshold and save time.
With REUSE Booster, the FSFE takes this initiative a step
further. <a href="/news/2021/news-20210609-01.html">Free
Software projects can seek tailored support</a> with licensing
and copyright by legal experts now. Each project will be
evaluated individually and the recommendations will apply to
its particular situation. <a
href="">Register</a> until 8
July to get your Free Software project on board.
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<h2 id="20-years-fsfe-envisioning-free-operating-systems-in-smartphones-with-torsten-grote">20 Years FSFE: Envisioning free operating systems in smartphones with Torsten Grote</h2>
In our fourth birthday publication we reminisce about the
emergence of the first smartphones. We are <a
Torsten Grote, who explored Free Software alternatives for
smartphones as early as 2012. A programmer as well as a Free
Software activist, Torsten shares his memories of the
developments of alternative operating systems and applications
for smartphones. Finally, we would not miss this chance to ask
him what options there are today for liberating our phones.
<img src=""/>
<p>This year the FSFE celebrates its 20th anniversary. <a
href="">Support our work for the next 20 years to come</a></p>
<h2 id="internal-the-fsfe-is-migrating-its-irc-presence-to-libera-chat-">Internal: The FSFE is migrating its IRC presence to Libera Chat.</h2>
<a href="/news/2021/news-20210525-01.html">Learn how to join us</a>.
We are moving from Freenode to Libera Chat, following the migration of
its network of volunteer staff. We share our thoughts that led the
FSFE to migrate its IRC presence.
<h2 id="what-we-have-done">What we have done</h2>
On June 28th, Erik Albers, Sustainability Programme Manager
of the FSFE, spoke at the Round Table <a
do we shape and grow a green tech sector?&quot;</a>
organised by the Greens/EFA. In his presentation, Erik
Albers explained the role software design plays on the
environmental impact of digital technologies. The Round
Table is part of a wider effort of the Greens/EFA to
compose a digital green manifesto.
On June 23rd, Lucas Lasota, FSFE Deputy Legal
Coordinator and Research Associate at Humboldt
University of Berlin, moderated a <a
table</a> on cybersecurity, human rights, and digital
sovereignty together with Katerina Yordanova and
Elisabetta Biasin from the KU Leuven Centre for IT
&amp; IP Law.
On June 23rd, Irmhild Rogalla gave a talk in the FSFE
Women group meeting about the accessibility of video
conferencing tools, supporting a conferencing platform for
all. The <a href="">FSFE
Women group</a> meets on a monthly basis, and keeps it
casual while providing an open space to discuss recent
developments in the area of Free Software. Often meetings
focus on one specific topic.
On June 19th, Matthias Kirschner, FSFE&#39;s President,
&quot;20 Years FSFE: The long way for software
freedom&quot; at the openSUSE Conference to inform
people on our work as an independent organisation.
On June 18th, Bonnie Mehring, FSFE&#39;s junior project
manager, <a
&quot;Public Money? Public Code!: A campaign framework
to promote software freedom&quot; at the openSUSE
Conference. In the talk, she explained how the campaign
framework can be used to push for the adoption of
Free-Software-friendly policies in your area; be it
your public administration, your library, your
university, your city, your region, or your
On June 16th, the <a
FSFE</a> team held its regular monthly meeting. The
meeting is open to everybody, and can switch to English
if not everybody understands Dutch.
On June 10th, Erik Albers participated in the <a
Smart Living&quot;</a>, where experts analyse
sustainable design options for the ongoing digitization
of our everyday life.
On June 5th, Lina Ceballos and Alexander Sander gave a
&#39;Public Money? Public Code!&#39; <a
for our Italian community members.
On June 4th, Lucas Lasota participated at the <a
show</a> to talk about Free Software, Router Freedom,
and Digital Rights. The event was hosted by KuZe
On June 1st, Alexander Sander participated in the
GnuLinuxNews-Podcast GLN011. He <a
about Free Software during the Corona crisis (DE).
On June 1st, FSFE&#39;s Alexander Sander <a
the Public Money? Public Code! campaign in
Netzpolitischer Abend, organised by Digitale
Gesellschaft, and stressed that there are now no
political excuses not to implement the concept.
On May 27th, the FSFE Berlin local group met for their
regular meeting which focuses on Education. Miriam from
&quot;Die Lernwerkstatt&quot; introduced this
organisation and gave a talk on the design of digital
learning with tips on related platforms and techniques.
A group discussion followed. In the Berlin Fellowship
group, everyone is invited to discuss &quot;Free
Software and Education&quot;, share experiences, and
work on liberating knowledge and education in Berlin
and beyond.
On May 26th, Alexander Sander gave a <a
explaining why and how public administrations should use
Free Software. He highlighted the benefits of this
practice for public administrations, the economy and
the society. The current procurement models and an
outlook for the coming years were discussed.
<h2 id="get-active">Get active</h2>
Pack your T-shirt and educate those around you on the
definition of Free Software during your summer holidays. If we
have the right to use, study, share, and improve it, then it is
Free Software. Our T-shirts are made of 100% organic cotton,
and our <a href="/order/index.html">collection</a> includes a
variety of colours and slogans.
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<h2 id="contribute-to-our-newsletter">Contribute to our newsletter</h2>
If you would like to share any thoughts, pictures, or news, please
send them to us. As always, the address is <email></email>.
We&#39;re looking forward to hearing from you! If you also want to
support us and our work, join our community and support us with a
donation or a <a
contribution</a>. Thanks to our community and all the volunteers,
supporters, and donors who make our work possible. And thanks to our
translators, who enable you to read this newsletter in your native
Your editor, Fani Partsafyllidou
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="">donating a part
of your conference budget to Free Software organisations, including the
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