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<h1>Upcycling of software +++ FSFE Translators +++ Router Freedom at risk in Latvia</h1>
In our November Newsletter learn why device neutrality and
upcycling of software are essential to make (re-)using our
hardware more resource-efficient. Read about the key role
translators play in the FSFE and about the loss of Router Freedom
in Latvia. Watch a new video on Free Software core values, and
follow our community events.
<h2>Free Software helps extending hardware lifespans</h2>
In the European Union we currently see a strong desire to make
digitisation more sustainable, with the European Commission
aiming at making our product lifecycles more resource-efficient
as well as making circular economy methods applicable. Technological
devices should be designed in a way that they last for a longer
period of time. The Circular Electronics Initiative recognises
that a common issue is that manufacturers stop updating the
software of a device and then the user of the device has to buy a
new one. A solution that gains ground in the Circular Electronics
Initiative is that manufacturers of smartphones and tablets
should provide security updates for five years and function
updates for three years free of charge.
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In an in-depth study, the FSFE <a
href="/news/2021/news-20211015-01.html">explains</a> that
publishing the source code after the end of support is a more
effective way to extend the lifespan of devices than relying
exclusively on the manufacturers&#39; extended support. If
manufacturers publish a device&#39;s underlying source code under
a Free Software licence at the end of support, the software of
the device can be modified. This way, the device can still be
used and its hardware gets a second life. Reusing software can
help steer the European digitisation from a market of linear
hardware production towards circular electronics devices. We are
asking for truly opening up the circular reuse of electronics by
enabling an upcycling of software. For a critical, long-lasting,
and sustainable change in the extension of our hardware usage
lifetimes, however, products <a
to be designed with device neutrality in mind from the
<h2 id="the-key-role-of-translators">The key role of translators</h2>
empower people</a> to learn about Free Software in various
languages. Since the founding of the organisation in 2001, the
translators team has been an integral part of the FSFE. Today we
have over 280 members on the translators mailing list, helping us
in their spare time to translate for software freedom. We have 40
languages represented on our web page, with almost 7,000
<img src="" alt="heart shape with multilingual text"/>
&quot;I love translating items about Free Software mainly because
I love Free Software and I want that all Italian people could
easily know the benefits of Free Software in their own language.
As a side effect, since the translation process usually involves
more than one person, I&#39;m also learning more about English
and Italian too!&quot; says Luca Bonissi, Deputy Translators
<h2 id="regulation-in-latvia-takes-away-router-freedom">Regulation in Latvia takes away Router Freedom</h2>
has created a risky precedent against end-users&#39; rights</a>
by allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the use
of personal routers and modems based on &quot;technological
necessities&quot;. When the Latvian Regulatory Agency (SPRK)
asked for public feedback about the regulation, the FSFE shared
its concern and engaged with the regulator. In May 2021, we
submitted a <a
explaining to the SPRK that its approach limits Router Freedom
and would not comply with European laws. Unfortunately, the
regulator decided to keep its position.
ISPs can now deny people the right to use a personal router or
modem in Latvia, claiming technological issues. If they do so,
they would have to justify on their respective websites why they
are restricting Router Freedom. Even so, SPRK still withheld the
ability to assess these claims by the ISPs, and they would have a
final say on the claimed necessities. Beyond hampering consumer
rights, the Latvian situation creates unnecessary friction for a
functional and harmonised framework on the terminal equipment
market, negatively affecting European router manufacturers and
No other EU country has identified such technological necessities
so far. We encourage, therefore, Latvian consumers to report
ISPs&#39; practices in our <a
so we can get data and bring this to the attention of BEREC and the
European Commission, and so defend end-user rights.
<p>This year the FSFE celebrates its 20th anniversary. <a href="">Support our work for the 20 years to come</a></p>
<h2 id="new-video-about-free-software-values">New video about Free Software values</h2>
For our 20 years anniversary this year, we have now released our
new video about the values of software freedom. You can watch the
three-minute video on our new self-hosted peertube instance in <a
and <a
It is licensed under Creative Commons by Share-Alike, so feel
free to share it with others or include it in your websites in
order to explain Free Software to a wider audience..
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You can also subscribe to <a href="">our
new peertube instance</a>, so you don&#39;t miss our upcoming
<h2 id="public-money-public-code-now-in-japanese">Public Money? Public Code! Now in Japanese</h2>
Code paid for by the people should be available to the people! This
demand is said in many languages, and now it is said in <a
href="">Japanese</a> too. After growing
increasingly popular, the FSFE&#39;s initiative PMPC has had its
website and video translated into Japanese as well. <a
video</a> was done by the same team which created the
aforementioned new video about the core values of software
Now with the Japanese translations, the &quot;Public Money? Public
Code!&quot; video is available in 10 languages: Dutch, English,
French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and
<h2 id="upcoming-events">Upcoming events</h2>
On Friday 10 December, time TBC, Lina Ceballos, an FSFE
Project Manager, will participate at the <a
Lina will take a look at the role that Free Software played in
the last crisis and how it could help overcoming future ones, by
pointing to the principle of “Public Money? Public Code!" and
the role that governments, public bodies, and administrations have in
this. More information to be shared on our website soon.
On Monday, 13 December, at 7pm (CEST), the monthly meeting of the
<a href="">Bonn FSFE
Fellowship</a> will take place. The Bonn FSFE Community Meetings
are regular meetings which are taking place on every second
Monday of the month for supporters of the FSFE or in general
people who are interested in Free Software.
On Monday 13 December at 18:00 CET, Lina Ceballos, an FSFE
Project Manager, will host the launching event of our recently
translated into Spanish - Public Money? Public Code! brochure. We
will discuss the current situation and future challenges
for software freedom in Spain. We anticipate the
participation of Pica Pica HackLab, GNUHealth, and KDE, and more. This
event will be held in Spanish. More information to be shared on
our website soon.
<h2 id="past-events">Past events</h2>
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On 6 November, the FSFE organised the <a href="/news/2021/news-20211008-01.html">Legal
Education Day</a>. From left to right: Lina Ceballos, Gabriel
Ku, Lucas Lasota, and Niharika Singhal were among the speakers.
On 20 October, the FSFE Netherlands had its <a
get-together</a>. Upon the formation of a new Dutch government,
the FSFE Netherlands team discussed ways to push the Public
Money? Public Code! demand. A discussion on other current topics
followed, such as the news of Belgium offering a digital wallet
to its citizens.
On 20 October, Lucas Lasota, FSFE&#39;s Deputy Legal Coordinator,
organised at the Humboldt University of Berlin a <a
seminar on software law</a>, including elements of software
licensing, copyright and contract law.
On 28 October, the Berlin Fellowship Group had its regular <a
On 6 November, the FSFE organised the <a
Education Day</a>. It offered a session on the basics of
copyright law and an introduction to the concept of copyleft.
Useful topics for software developers followed, such as licence
compatibility, trademarks, and containers. Our aim is to help
Free Software developers to understand these legal topics so that
their software projects can reach their full potential.
On 12 – 13 November, the FSFE participated in the SFSCon by
organising a sustainability track and providing three talks. Erik
Albers, Programme Manager, defined <a
principles for a sustainable digital society</a>; Max Mehl,
Programme Manager, presented REUSE as the <a
href="">gold standard for Free
Software licensing</a>; Lucas Lasota, Project Manager,
demonstrated our efforts <a
Router Freedom within the EU reform of telecom law</a>; and
Alexander Sander, Policy Consultant, presented <a
Money? Public Code! During Corona</a>. Besides that, we had a
phone flashing workshop. More about that in our next
<h2 id="get-active">Get active</h2>
Help us translate the new video about the core values of Free
Software into more languages, just as we did with the Public
Money? Public Code! video. The cost of a professional
translation is ~850 EUR, including editing of the script, an
external professional speaker, and potential studio costs.
We want to offer our new video in many other languages to help
people understand why it is important for society that software
grants the freedoms to use, study, share, and improve it. This
demand concerns us all as technology users, regardless of the
language we speak. You can support our translation effort as well
as our other work for Free Software by <a
href="">becoming a supporter</a>.
<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
We'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 href="">monthly
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 languages.
<p>Your editor, Fani Partsafyllidou</p>
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