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<h1>Upcycling Android ++ Major step for Device Neutrality ++ Nico Rikken + Ada + Job</h1>
In the December Newsletter we talk about Upcycling Android, an
initiative to overcome software obsolescence with Free Software.
The EU is voting on the Digital Markets Act, a major step for
device neutrality. Germany aims to adopt PMPC! We interview Nico
Rikken for 20 Years FSFE. Meet Ada, a character in a children's
book. Spot a job opportunity.
<h2>Upcycling Android: Keep using your phone with Free Software</h2>
In the European Week for Waste Reduction, the FSFE launched its new
initiative <a
Android&quot;</a>: Every time we keep using our phone instead of
buying a new one we support a more sustainable use of our
resources. Upcycling Android helps people to tackle software
obsolescence and to keep using their phones with Free Software.
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On the initiative&#39;s website, you will find background
information and our multi-language video that explains in a
nutshell the environmental benefits derived from an extended
hardware lifespan by using Free Software. In addition you will find
professional <a href="/activities/upcyclingandroid/informationmaterial.html">information
material</a> from infographics to expert talks to our study on the
sustainability of Free Software.
<h2 id="upcoming-dma-vote-might-be-a-major-victory-for-device-neutrality">Upcoming DMA vote might be a major victory for Device Neutrality</h2>
A potential first success for Device Neutrality is about to be
determined. The EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) aims to regulate
internet companies that act as gatekeepers in digital markets. Such
gatekeepers may be internet platforms, service providers,
manufacturers, and vendors satisfying criteria defined by law. The
Digital Markets Act is an opportunity to create fairer and more
competitive markets for online platforms in the EU. Open Standards
and interoperability will secure interests of European consumers as
well as facilitate Free Software use and adoption in said markets.
As a major checkpoint, the <a href="/news/2021/news-20211122-01.html">four
principles we called for</a> were included into the DMA after the
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee <a href="">voted
during its meeting on 22 November</a>. All eyes are now turning to
the plenary voting for the final position of the European
Parliament&#39;s first reading on <a href="">15
December 2021</a>. Stay tuned!
<h2 id="new-german-government-introduces-public-money-public-code-">New German government introduces &#39;Public Money? Public Code!&#39;</h2>
Promising news does not end here. The newly formed German
government agrees with the FSFE &#39;Public Money? Public
Code!&#39; demand and declares it as <a href="">one of the
aims of the coalition</a>. It should be noted that this development
did not come out of the blue but only after persistent advocating
from the FSFE: giving workshops, working together with local German
groups, creating an <a href="">activity
package</a> (DE) for volunteers, conducting <a href="/news/2021/news-20210920-01.html">5
interviews</a> (DE) with representatives of German political
parties, forming a <a href="">vision
for the upcoming decades and concrete demands for the next
government</a> and analysing the <a href="">election
programs of the parties</a>.
The decision is an important development for the Free Software
movement in Germany. We would like to thank everyone who advocated
with us in recent years and helped us arrive at this point. The
FSFE will now focus on the implementation of the decision.
<h2 id="children-s-book-character-ada-learns-the-power-of-software">Children&#39;s book character Ada learns the power of software</h2>
Ada unravels the mysteries of software in an adventure with her
friends, after an unfortunate meeting with the rich and famous
inventor Zangemann. A children&#39;s book for young and old
readers, &#39;Ada &amp; Zangemann&#39; is a fun and educational
tale. Matthias Kirschner, author and FSFE president, conveys to
young readers the importance of software, and even the basics of
more complex topics around it. The book is published under a
Creative Commons license.
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&#39;Ada &amp; Zangemann&#39; is in German, and it was just
released in Germany. It is already sold out at the publisher,
O&#39;Reilly, but you can still get copies from other booksellers.
The FSFE is looking for a suitable publisher for an English
edition. If you would like to see Ada&#39;s story in English and
more languages, we welcome <fsfe-cd-donate-link>donations</fsfe-cd-donate-link>.
"After my son read the book last night, he told me the whole story
this morning... He wants to make something out of old pallets after
school today. And then he wants to learn programming" said Ingo
Wichmann, CEO of Linuxhotel GmbH.
<h2 id="an-overview-of-the-past-year-software-freedom-in-2021">An overview of the past year: software freedom in 2021</h2>
Cancelling of large events, limitations in meetings, and travel
restrictions: none of this stopped the FSFE from advancing software
freedom in 2021. From Router Freedom to new podcast episodes to
co-organising the Legal and Policy devroom at FOSDEM, we keep
empowering people to control technology. &#39;Public Money? Public
Code!&#39; online workshops were offered to volunteers, and an
online Legal and Licensing Workshop for legal experts was
organised. The FSFE assisted software projects to become REUSE
compliant with our new initiative, REUSE Booster.
<img src="" alt="Group of people in front of a building"/>
<figcaption>FSFE Staff after two-day participation in the SFSCon. Bolzano, Italy, November 2021.</figcaption>
Meanwhile, a two-year court case initiated by FSFE supporter Luca
Bonissi successfully came to an end, unequivocally recognising the
right to a Windows licence refund. Our <a href="/news/2021/news-20211110-01.html">yearly
report</a> corresponds to our work during November 2020 - October
2021. Overall, significant accomplishments for software freedom
marked 2021, the year FSFE is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
<p> Thanks to the trust of our supporters, the FSFE counts 20 years.
Our stable presence enables us to succeed in lengthy endeavours for
software freedom, and to be ready at all times to respond to related
developments. We are grateful for the trust of our supporters, and
we will keep on empowering people to control technology. To help us,
consider <fsfe-cd-donate-link>becoming a supporter</fsfe-cd-donate-link>
and boost our charitable work for freedom in the information society
for the next 20 years. </p>
<h2 id="20-years-fsfe-interview-with-nico-rikken-on-country-teams-activities">20 Years FSFE: Interview with Nico Rikken on country teams&#39; activities</h2>
20 Years FSFE is meant to be a celebration of everyone who has
accompanied us in the past or still does. In our fifth birthday
publication we interviewed Nico Rikken, who has been helping the
FSFE with his technical skills while contributing greatly to
community building since 2014. With this <a href="/news/2021/news-20211123-01.html">interview</a>,
you do not only get to know Nico Rikken, but also the FSFE
Netherlands country team, as he is one of their coordinators. How
do people start joining a country team? This was one of the
questions we asked Nico, and we quote a glimpse of his insight.
<img src="" alt="Three people talking around a table"/>
<figcaption>FSFE stand at NLLGG booth in Utrecht. The Netherlands, 2019. </figcaption>
&quot;People somehow gained in interest in Free Software and found
the FSFE as the designated party to uphold these values in Europe.
Then they found out about the NL country team, joined the mailing
list and attended a physical meeting. [...] It highlights the
importance of letting people know you exist as a local team, being
open to newcomers, and making it easy to join community meetings
[...] As we are all volunteers, it is important that our supporters
do what they enjoy doing. Most of us have our own topics and
efforts we work on, and the country team is a way to align and get
<h2 id="upcoming-events">Upcoming events</h2>
On 15 December, the <a href="">FSFE Netherlands
country team</a> will have its monthly online get-together.
<h2 id="what-we-have-done">What we have done</h2>
<li>The General Assembly of the FSFE held elections for its Council during its annual meeting on November 26th. Matthias Kirschner, Heiki Lõhmus, and Patrick Ohnewein were <a href="/about/legal/minutes/minutes-2021-11-27.en.pdf">re-elected</a> to the positions of President, Vice-President, and Financial Officer respectively. The Council is elected every two years.</li>
<li>On 13 December, the FSFE held an online event discussing the <a href="">modernisation of the public digital infrastructure with public code in Spain</a>. Experts such as Luis Falcón, founder of GNUHealth; Ricardo Muñoz from Lliurex; Alexis Puente Montiel from Pica Pica HackLab; Ana Albalat Martínez and Francesc Busquets representing Linkat; and Aleix Pol Gonzalez, president of KDE, shared their insights.</li>
<li>On 13 December, the local group of the <a href="">FSFE Community Bonn</a> had its regular monthly meeting.</li>
<li>On 10 December, Lina Ceballos, an FSFE Project Manager, participated at GnuHealthCon21. In her online talk, she showed the role that Free Software played in combatting the pandemic and how it could help overcoming other crises.</li>
<li>On 7 December, the <a href="">FSFE Women team</a> had its monthly online meeting and among other topics they discussed the upcoming <a href="">Remote Chaos Experience</a> event.</li>
<li>On 1 December, Matthias Kirschner gave an <a href="">interview</a> [DE] about the &#39;Ada &amp; Zangemann&#39; children&#39;s book to GNU/Linux podcast.</li>
<h2 id="get-active">Get active</h2>
Are you a student in a German university with a technical
background? Check out our new <a href="/news/2021/news-20211206-01.html">job
posting</a>; it might be a great fit for you. We are looking
for a reliable, well-organised member of our technical teams
who is keen to learn about old and new technologies.
We are also looking for an <a href="/news/2021/news-20211210-01.html">office assistant</a>for
20-25 hours per week in our Berlin office. Our ideal candidate
has experience as an office administrator, secretary, event
organiser, or another relevant administrative role.
Join our Upcycling Android movement and help us get the
message out. Discover our <a href="/activities/upcyclingandroid/informationmaterial.html">information
material</a>. We are offering stickers and a leaflet to you at
no cost so that you can share them with friends, put them in a
community space, or spread them online. Happy holidays from
all of us!
<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'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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