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<h1>Device Neutrality becomes a reality +++ Stockholm +++ FSFE infrastructure +++ AI </h1>
In our January Newsletter, we recognise the importance of the
Digital Markets Act as a mostly positive development for software
freedom. Read how the lack of public code cost Stockholm €100
million. Our System Hackers team unravel what lies behind the FSFE
infrastructure. Vincent Lequertier stresses that AI needs
transparency. FOSDEM is coming up.
<h2>Device Neutrality finally becomes a reality</h2>
The European Parliament adopted the Digital Markets Act, which <a href="/news/2021/news-20211215-01.html">introduces
the principle of Device Neutrality</a>. This is a major first step.
The right for end-users to use their own device and operating
system is an important factor to guarantee access of Free Software
operating systems to dominant platforms. As a daily reality for
many users, this option enlarges the audience for Free Software
The Digital Markets Act protects the users as it requires stricter
consent for pre-installed apps, it aims to prevent vendor lock-in,
and it requires real time data portability. However, we regret that
the voting has not contemplated setting Open Standards as the
default to define interoperability.
<h2>Lack of public code cost the city of Stockholm €100 million</h2>
Parents in Stockholm receive information about their children's
schools or kindergartens directly to their devices with the help of
Skolplattformen ('School platform'), a digital platform offered by
the city of Stockholm. It cost an estimated €100 million and
although it was publicly funded, Skolplattformen's code was
private. Parents spotted irregularities and security issues in the
platform and proceeded to fix the flaws themselves. They created a
functional and secure Free Software alternative, Öppna
skolplattformen ('Open school platform'). The city of Stockholm
took legal measures against the developers who wanted to help.
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Interview with Christian Landberg and Alexander Crawford from Öppna skolplattformen
We <a href="/news/2021/news-20211216-01.html">interviewed
Christian Landberg and Alexander Crawford, two major contributors
behind the initiative</a>. According to Alexander Crawford, Öppna
skolplattformen changes the conversation around civic tech and
digitalisation of the public sector.
<h2>Infrastructure living the ideals of software freedom</h2>
Can organisations with limited resources be digitally sovereign and
still provide modern services? It is not trivial, but the FSFE
proves it is possible. We have maximized our control over services
and servers by using Free Software. We demonstrate internal and
external transparency. The complexity of our systems is bearable,
while we provide a variety of useful features.
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The FSFE shares an overview of its digital infrastructure in an <a href="/news/2021/news-20211203-01.html">article</a>
that could help other NGOs become independent from proprietary
service providers. Let us take you on a journey through our
infrastructure and its principles, from shiny user interfaces of
our services, crossing the virtualisation methods and monitoring,
down to the bare metal servers they are running on. Our
infrastructure is managed by the System Hackers team.
<h2>Interview with Vincent Lequertier on AI</h2>
Vincent Lequertier is a member of the System Hackers team and a
researcher of artificial intelligence for healthcare. For 20 years
FSFE, <a href="/news/2021/news-20211209-01.html">we
interviewed Vincent about crucial aspects of artificial
intelligence</a>. Transparency in AI is necessary to evaluate and
understand how data is processed and how results are calculated.
Free Software can play a crucial role in making AI more
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Vincent Lequertier presents crucial points about AI during an FSFE Community meeting in Bolzano. Italy, 2019.
Vincent notes that in the health sector some aggregated statistics
are widely available. According to his estimate, openness and
collaborative aspects of research on AI will improve. The interview
unravels cutting edge topics such as the possibility of AI
obtaining the legal right to claim copyright.
<h2 id="save-the-date">Save the date</h2>
On Wednesday 19 January, the FSFE Netherlands country team will
have its monthly <a href="">online
On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February FOSDEM 2022 will take
place online, and the FSFE will co-organise the Legal and Policy
Devroom again. Last year we co-organised the Legal and Policy
Devroom for the first time; it included <a href="/news/2021/news-20210311-01.html">11
talks on a rich variety of topics</a>. We look forward to
FOSDEM 2022. Join us to learn the latest developments in
software freedom. Stay tuned for the schedule.
<h2>What we have done</h2>
On 28 December, Alexander Sander, FSFE&#39;s Policy Consultant,
gave a talk about “Public Money? Public Code! during corona
times&quot; at the rC3 conference.
On 16 December, Lina Ceballos, an FSFE Project Manager,
participated in an online session about some of the FSFE&#39;s
main activities with a focus on &quot;Public Money? Public
Code!&quot; and its current status in Spain and in Europe. The
talk took place at Trantor Tech Talks; a <a href="">video is
available in Spanish</a>.
In December, community members published three posts in Planet. A
book review of Cory Doctorow‘s novel “Walkaway” praises the
story-telling despite a personal distaste for fantasy around
“mind scan” technology. An instructional post demonstrates how to
disable your internal keyboard/touchpad when a cat arrives. A
celebratory post announces the release of PGPainless version
1.0.0. You can read the thoughts of the FSFE community in <a href="">Planet</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 <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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