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<title>46 Sign OS Freedom Open Letter +++ Fair Market App +++ Your Digital Rights</title>
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<h1>46 Sign OS Freedom Open Letter +++ Fair Market App +++ Your Digital Rights</h1>
In this Issue: an alliance of 46 entities - and counting - supports the
universal right to install any software on any device. Free Software
is being considered for inclusion in the EU Declaration of Digital
Rights. FSFE&#39;s transparency in public procurement app gets to EU
Datathon finals. Italian FSFE volunteers prepare tour.
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<h2 id="46-entities-request-the-eu-for-the-right-to-reuse-hardware">46 Entities Request the EU for the Right to Reuse Hardware</h2>
The EU is redefining their ecodesign criteria for environmentally
friendly electronics. The FSFE provided input by publishing an <a
href="/activities/upcyclingandroid/openletter.html">open letter</a>
demanding the right to install any software on any electronic device.
This right would allow to keep our devices longer, but it requires manufacturers to follow certain rules. For example,
manufacturers must be required to unlock bootloaders on all devices,
including computers, tablets and phones; they must also
publish full specifications for every component on the device. This
allows us and any third party to better repair our devices, and even
reuse parts of them. The use of Open Standards is also necessary for
devices to communicate and operate with each other.
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<a href="/activities/upcyclingandroid/openletter.html">
<img src="" alt="Four illustrations. 1. Three gears in different colours and sizes integrate with each other, while one has the coding abbreviation on it 2. A phone-like device out of which come three arrows, one to the left, one to the right and one straight ahead 3. Four different geometrical figures are connected via bridges 4. a phone like device looks like a lock that has been opened."/>
Initially <a href="/news/2022/news-20220427-01.html">38
organisations</a> agreed on the necessity of these conditions and
signed the open letter before publication. It is still
possible to sign the letter and more than 45 organisations
have now signed. It speaks volumes that tech companies, right to repair
initiatives, and important environmental organisations support the
right to install any software on any device.
<h2 id="fsfe-s-app-prototype-shortlisted-to-eu-datathon-finals">FSFE&#39;s App Prototype Shortlisted to EU Datathon Finals</h2>
The FSFE System Hackers created an <a
href="">application prototype</a> aspiring to
connect publicly available tendering and company data and to allow
analysis of this data. The goal of the app is to allow citizens and
experts to monitor suspicious market activity of public interest. The
project idea has been a success and made it to the top six out of
26 entries in the ‘transparency in public procurement’ challenge of
the EU Datathon 2022. Our team has now been invited to further
develop the app.
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<img src="" alt="EU Datathon banner shows cubes running and reaching the finishing line of a sprint. The first cube cheers."/>
<h2 id="digital-rights">Update: Digital Rights Declaration</h2>
The EU is in the process of discussing the Declaration of Digital
Rights and Principles. The <a href="/news/2022/news-20220503-01.html">European Parliament has now
agreed on a common text</a> recognising Free Software as a way to
ensure transparency in algorithms and artificial intelligence. The
agreed text also stresses the need for &#39;trustworthy standards
and, wherever possible, open source standards&#39;. It encourages
&#39;sustainable by design digital technologies that are durable,
repairable, and interoperable, both on hardware and software level,
and banning practices leading to premature obsolescence&#39;. The
FSFE keeps monitoring the ongoing inter-institutional dialogue trying
to make sure that the Parliament proposal remains.
<h2 id="ai">Update: AI Resolution Passed</h2>
<a href="/news/2022/news-20220503-01.html">The European Parliament
passed a resolution</a> on Artificial Intelligence (AI) with a huge
majority. According to the resolution, public procurement should
require Free Software, where appropriate, with the goal to encourage
cross-border collaboration. The Parliament acknowledges that Free
Software can enhance investments and boost innovation in AI
technologies in the EU. The FSFE now urges the Parliament to transfer
its own position into the AI regulation.
<h2 id="save-the-date-">Save the Date!</h2>
On 12 May the FSFE <a href="">Berlin</a> group
has its regular monthly meeting.
On 14 May the FSFE will have a booth in in
Saarbrücken, Germany and also our Policy Consultant Alexander
Sander will give a talk ‘Innovation needs Free Software’ on
Saturday and Sunday. On 19 May Alexander will discuss the
challenges and perspectives of ethical and diversity-sensitive AI
in the European context at the KIDD-Fachkonferenz panel in Berlin.
On 20 May the FSFE <a href="">Women</a> group has its
regular monthly meeting. <a href="">In the last
meeting</a>, the group discussed the legal structure and the
blogging network of the organisation.
On 2 June there is an <a href="">author
reading</a> of Ada &amp; Zangemann [DE] in Cologne.
On 14 June the FSFE local group <a href="">Hamburg</a> has
its regular monthly meeting.
Lucas Lasota, FSFE Legal Project Manager, is conducting a <a href="">seminar on
digital sovereignty</a> at the Humboldt University of Berlin for
the summer semester.
<h2 id="past-and-ongoing-activities">Past and Ongoing Activities</h2>
On 4 May we held an online session about the <a href="/news/2022/news-20220420-01.html">future of
Router Freedom in Austria</a>. The recording [DE] will soon be
available in our Peertube instance.
Max Mehl, FSFE Programme Manager, wrote a <a href="">blog
post</a> about a Python application he created for the FSFE
infrastructure to automate reverse proxies for Docker containers,
We published a short video: What is Free Software (Open Source)?
<a href="">EN</a>,
<a href="">DE</a>.
Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE, shared a <a href="">blog
post</a> on how the video came to be made. To reach to possibly new
audiences, we also uploaded the video to proprietary platforms <a href="">EN</a>, <a href="">DE</a> where you can upvote it
to help new people learn about software freedom.
<a href="">„Nur ein
Jahr länger…“ – Politik und Software rund um’s Smartphone</a> [DE],
the talk by FSFE Programme Manager and sustainability expert Erik
Albers at the Digital Social Summit 2022, is now available on our
Peertube instance.
<h2 id="fsfe-local-groups">FSFE Local Groups</h2>
<strong>Italy</strong> | The Italian Translation team has worked on
the <a href="/activities/publiccode/brochure">PMPC
brochure</a> and it is now available in Italian. Friends of the team
are kindly proofreading the brochure.
The Italian volunteers are also preparing a summer tour around the
country to let people know that code paid for by the public should
also be publicly available. The first stop in the tour is Trento, on
June 7th. Learn more about the plans in the mailing lists or chats of
<a href="">Milano</a> and <a href="">Sicily</a>. Meet the
volunteers in the tour and get yourself a copy of the freshly
translated PMPC brochure!
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<strong>Zurich</strong> | The local group in Zurich is working on
persuading public administrations to migrate to federated social
networks. The group have been discussing the idea since early April,
and the project gained a boost when many people and entities,
including the <a href="">European Union</a>
have been joining Mastodon. <a href="">The group will
meet</a> again on 18 May 2022.
<strong>Netherlands</strong> | Building on the Zurich group's idea,
the Dutch team <a href="">brainstormed
technical solutions</a> to automatically post Dutch municipalities’
news to Mastodon. ‘What if we gather the RSS feeds of 345 Dutch
municipalities and feed them to a Mastodon account?’ was a question
that caught attention. Fani Partsafyllidou, Project Manager at FSFE,
joined the last meeting. The <a href="">next
meeting</a> is on Wednesday 25 May 20:00 CEST.
<h2 id="get-active">Get Active</h2>
In the FSFE we want to empower users to control technology. But Free
Software also helps to achieve ecological sustainability. That is why
we joined the organising committee of the Bits &amp; Bäume 2022
(&#39;Bits and Trees&#39;) conference which will take place from 30
September to 2 October.
Passionate about sustainable Free Software solutions? Please let us
and everyone else know at the conference! Submit a talk, a workshop
or a fine piece of art to Bits &amp; Bäume 2022. <a href="/news/2022/news-20220425-01.html">The Call for Participation
for is open until 7 June</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 <a href="">donation or a 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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