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<title>Till Jaeger +++ Youth Hacking 4 Freedom +++ SFScon 2021</title>
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<h1 id="till-jaeger-youth-hacking-4-freedom-sfscon-2021">Till Jaeger +++ Youth Hacking 4 Freedom +++ SFScon 2021</h1>
In our October Newsletter read about Till Jaeger, who knows
first-hand what it takes to enforce Free Software licenses. Find
out about the contest we just launched: Youth Hacking 4 Freedom. Learn
about the donations by a high school yearbook team. Follow our
latest activities and write down the dates of the upcoming
<h2 id="new-podcast-how-can-we-prevent-violations-against-free-software-licenses-">New podcast: How can we prevent violations against Free Software licenses?</h2>
Till Jaeger shared his insight on <a href="/news/podcast/episode-12.html">how can
we enforce Free Software licenses</a>. In a podcast hosted by
Matthias Kirschner he recalled the beginning of this effort in
2004. This was the first time when a violation of the GNU General
Public Licence (GNU GPL) led to a court case and a settlement.
The person behind this initiative was Harald Welte who afterwards
created a project to rectify <a href="">GPL violations</a>.
<img src="" alt="Till Jaeger"/>
<figcaption>Till Jaeger has been working alongside Harald Welte in enforcing the GNU GPL in court cases in Germany.</figcaption>
17 years after the first court case we now have many more tools
to prevent violations against Free Software licenses. Compliance
information is clearer, and workshops such as the ones offered by
the FSFE Legal Network are available. Still, Till suggests
further simplification of licences, interoperability, and licence
compatibility. Finally, Till thanks everyone doing GNU/Linux
distributions for their crucial work.
<h2 id="youth-hacking-4-freedom-coding-contest-for-teenagers">Youth Hacking 4 Freedom: coding contest for teenagers</h2>
Software development is a powerful, and often self-taught, skill;
people who started programming in a young age deserve
encouragement. To this end, we are organising a coding
competition for teenagers around Europe, <a href="/activities/yh4f/">Youth Hacking 4 Freedom</a>. From 1 November
2021 to 31 March 2022, you can code any type of software you
want, as long as it is Free Software. The winners will be awarded
cash prizes (2 x 4096€, 2 x 2048€, 2 x 1024€) and a trip to
Brussels. The <a href="/activities/yh4f/jury.html">evaluation</a>
phase will be carried out by Free Software experts.
<img src="" alt="poster of girl in a hackerspace"/>
Are you between 14-18 and have already started programming? Join
us! Just make sure you <a href="/activities/yh4f/">register</a>
until <strong>Sunday, 31 October</strong> 2021. Our <a href="/activities/yh4f/faq.html">FAQs</a> might help. We are
dedicated to offering an inclusive environment in the YH4F, and
we encourage people of all genders to join! We will make sure
everyone will enjoy the process and will leave this competition
with a smile. <a href="/news/nl/nl-202110.html#share-yh4f-opportunity-with-teenagers-in-your-community">Spread the word</a>!
<h2 id="hittfeld-high-school-shows-its-support-to-free-software-projects-and-the-fsfe">Hittfeld high school shows its support to Free Software projects and the FSFE</h2>
The 2021 <a href="">yearbook</a>
of a high school was successfully completed using Free Software,
and the editorial team donated all profits from the sale to Free
Software projects and the FSFE. This is the story of Hittfeld high school in Seevetal, in the German state of Lower Saxony.
<img src="" alt="School Yearbook"/>
<figcaption>This yearbook was created using Free Software like
LibreOffice, GNOME-Desktop, Ubuntu, Nextcloud, gThumb, darktable,
PDF Arranger, LimeSurvey, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird,
MailMerge, Jitsi Meet, OpenStreet, Inkscape, and
The editorial team mentions that it is beneficial for the school
to avoid paying expensive subscriptions to proprietary programs.
We deeply thank the pupils and everyone involved in the donation
decision. This kind gesture is a nice reminder that we should
support those who provide us great tools without restricting our
freedom. We encourage everyone to support Free Software projects,
just as the Hittfeld high school did.
<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="sustainability-track-at-south-tyrol-free-software-conference">Sustainability track at South Tyrol Free Software Conference</h2>
The South Tyrol Free Software Conference, SFScon, is one of
Europe’s most established annual conferences on Free Software.
Save the date! <a href="">SFScon 2021</a>
is coming up on Friday 12 November and Saturday 13 November
<img src=""/>
This year the FSFE will participate in the conference by
organising a Sustainability track with five 20-minute talks:
'<strong>Software Heritage</strong>: The Great Library
of Source Code' by <em>Stefano Zacchiroli</em> from the Software
Heritage project.
'<strong>Blauer Engel
Eco-Certification</strong>' by <em>Joseph P. De
Veaugh-Geiss</em> from KDE e.V.
'<strong>Measuring the Sustainability of AI</strong>:
towards a Sustainability Index for Artificial Intelligence'
by <em>Anne Mollen</em> from AlgorithmWatch.
'<strong>The role of software for a universal Right to
Repair</strong>: can free software help us fix software
obsolescence?' by <em>Ugo Vallauri</em> from the Restart
Project and the European Right to Repair Campaign.
'<strong>4 directives for a sustainable digital
society</strong>: designing circular digitisation with upcyling
software and reusing hardware' by <em>Erik Albers</em> from
the FSFE.
The FSFE will also support three additional talks. 'REUSE:
Gold standard for Free Software licensing' part of the Legal
track, by Max Mehl; 'Protecting Router Freedom' part of the
IoT &amp; Cybersecurity track, by Lucas Lasota; 'Public
Money? Public Code! During Corona: What role did Free Software
play during the crisis' part of the Public Administration &amp;
GIS track, by Alexander Sander. We are looking forward to see our
readers at the SFScon!
<h2 id="what-we-have-done">What we have done</h2>
During the final week before the German federal election we
reached out to politicians asking their stance on Free Software,
in line with our <a href="/activities/elections/index.html">electoral
activities</a>. Alexander Sander, FSFE Policy Consultant, and
Karl Krüger from our associated organisation OSB Alliance
conducted <a href="/news/2021/news-20210920-01.html">5
interviews</a> (DE) with representatives of German political
parties from 20 to 24 September. From CDU we spoke with
Nadine Schön, MdB, CDU Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU/CSU
parliamentary group in the Bundestag. We interviewed three
members of the Digital Agenda Committee: Elvan Korkmaz-Emre from
SPD, Manuel Höferlin from FDP, and Anke Domscheit-Berg from Die
Linke. From the Greens, we spoke with Margit Stumpp, MdB,
member of the Committee on Cultural and Media Affairs. The 5
videos are available in German. Also we released our <a href="">vision
for the upcoming decades and concrete demands for the next
government</a> and analyzed the <a href="">election
programs</a> of the parties.
<img src=""/>
Lina Ceballos, FSFE Project Manager, gave an <a href="">interview</a>
to presenting the mission of the FSFE, the PMPC
demands, and the need for Router Freedom. Lina stressed the need
for a more ethical but also a more sustainable digital
Matthias Kirschner, president of the FSFE, was invited to a
podcast <a href="">episode</a>
of Radio Citylab Berlin. It dealt with Free Software
as a foundation for a democratic technology policy. This
enlightening and fun discussion is available in German.
The Bavarian Radio (Bayrischer Rundfunk) <a href="">published
a 26 minute radio feature (in German)</a> about the 30 year
anniversary of Linux. Matthias Kirschner was also interviewed for
that, and talked about how Linux as a Free Software kernel
contributed to the Free Software movement and how this changed
the world.
On 12 September, the FSFE Netherlands <a href="">met</a>
On 13 September, the <a href="">FSFE Community
Bonn</a> had its local group meeting and Johannes reported about
GNURadio. The meetings are open to all who are interested in Free
On 17 September, the campaign framework "Public Money?
Public Code!: A campaign framework to promote software
freedom" was presented at the Kieler Open Source and Linux
Days by Bonnie Mehring.
On 19 September, the FSFE Vienna provided an information booth at
On 19 September, Max Mehl introduced REUSE and its benefits for
Free Software developers and users, especially for package
maintainers of operating system distributions. The presentation
is part of <a href="">EuroBSDCon</a>.
On 23 September, the local <a href="">FSFE Berlin</a>
group celebrated 20 Years of FSFE together with the FSFE's
president by eating cake around a campfire.
On 27 September, the FSFE Women group had its monthly meeting.
Antje analysed three papers about women in computer science and
<a href="">gender
aspects of learning to code</a>, and Fani Partsafyllidou
presented the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom competition.
On 5 October, Gabriel Ku Wei Bin, the FSFE's Legal
Coordinator, participated in a <a href="">webinar
on open source copyright and license management</a> organized by
the NLNet Foundation for the benefit of various <a href="">NGI projects</a>. The webinar helped software projects with understanding various aspects the law as it relates to software, as well as
to introduce the FSFE's REUSE initiative to a wider
On 9 October, our associated organisation ANSOL (Associação Nacional
para o Software Livre) celebrated its 20th anniversary. FSFE's president,
Matthias Kirschner, gave a short talk about the FSFE's work during the
last 20 years and highlighted joint activities with ANSOL.
On 10 October, the <a href="">Youth Hacking 4
Freedom</a> hosted its opening event to explain the rules of the
competition and to answer questions from people who had
already registered.
<h2 id="new-bag">New bag</h2>
For our 20th anniversary, we now present a new bag! Blue and
double-faced, it comes with two slogans, the newest: 'FSFE
since 2001', to remember when it all started and our
evergreen: 'There is no cloud, just other people's
computers'. A sustainable solution for a shopping bag. Get it
from the FSFE <a href="/order/">web shop</a>.
<a href="/order">
<img src="" alt="bag in front of a tree"/>
<h2 id="share-yh4f-opportunity-with-teenagers-in-your-community">Share
the YH4F opportunity with teenagers in your community</h2>
Would you like to help us spread the message, and help young
hackers spot the opportunity to join YH4F? Then please contact
teenagers you know, former schools, hacker spaces, youth
facilities, or mailing lists. Share with them our <a href="">call for registration</a> through a post on your
website, a mention in your Newsletter, or a social media post.
Also, you can freely use the <a href="/activities/yh4f/media.html">illustrations</a>
in our media kit, as well as our <a href="/news/2021/news-20210928-01.html">Press
Release</a>. Both are available in English and translations.
Your contribution is valuable to make sure that young people will take part — and hopefully connect more with the software freedom movement.
<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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