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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - December 2014</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter – December 2014</h1>
  8. <div class="e-content">
  9. <h2>More demand from the EU institutions</h2>
  10. <p>The new European Commission is currently setting the direction of its policy
  11. making for the coming five years. The FSFE is in frequent contact with
  12. Commission staff, who currently see open doors for Free Software in Brussels.
  13. We want to make sure to use this momentum to push for changes on software
  14. procurement, standardisation, and device sovereignty. So our president Karsten
  15. Gerloff participated in several meetings.</p>
  16. <p>In November the European Parliament (EP) organised a conference to inform
  17. members of the parliament about the IT services available to them. It featured
  18. a panel discussion led by Adina Valean, the new EP Vice President in charge of
  19. ICT, with a contribution from Giancarlo Villela, the director of the EP’s IT
  20. department. After the panel discussion, Karsten got the chance to <a
  21. href="">contribute
  22. a few brief remarks about the EU institution’s live streams, DebianParl, and
  23. vendor lock-in</a>.</p>
  24. <p>In the beginning of December Karsten was again at the Parliament, this time
  25. at a <a
  26. href="">workshop
  27. on “Open Standards for ICT procurement”</a>. The real value of those events, as
  28. so often, was in the people who are there. The workshop provided an opportunity
  29. for the small community pushing Free Software and Open Standards in procurement
  30. to meet and share updates. So in the future we can push together with them for
  31. positive changes.</p>
  32. <h2>There is no cloud just other people’s computers</h2>
  33. <p>Another event Karsten participated in was the presentation of the report on
  34. “cloud” computing and interoperability by the Brussels-based lobby organisation
  35. ECIS’s. Karsten documented the meeting in <a
  36. href="">his
  37. blog post “Some common-sense recommendations on cloudy computing”</a>.</p>
  38. <p>Just a few days later our new <a
  39. href="">“there
  40. is no cloud just other people’s computers”-stickers arrived in our office</a>.
  41. We received lots of positive feedback about the stickers, and now added them to
  42. our <a
  43. href="">promo
  44. packs</a>. We are planning to have some more merchandise with this slogan ready
  45. for our booth at FOSDEM from 31 January to 1 February 2015 in Brussels.</p>
  46. <h2>Progress with “email self-defence” leaflets</h2>
  47. <p>Beside the new stickers, you can now also order new leaflets, to promote our
  48. sister organisation’s “email self-defence guide”. Originally we produced this
  49. leaflet in German for the annual Berlin “freedom not fear” demonstration in
  50. September. Afterwards volunteers all over Germany <a
  51. href="/contribute/spreadtheword.html#promo-material">ordered</a> and
  52. distributed them. For example, one cinema gave out a leaflet for everybody who
  53. bought a ticket for the Snowden documentary “Citizienfour”. Meanwhile we had to
  54. reorder the German version for a third time and since the end of November we
  55. have been sending out the English version to Free Software supporters
  56. throughout Europe.</p>
  57. <p>In the next weeks our <a
  58. href="/contribute/translators/translators.html">translators</a> and <a
  59. href="/contribute/designers/designers.html">designers</a> will finalise a
  60. Chinese, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, and a Spanish version. For 2015 we
  61. want to enable local Free Software supporters to distribute this and other
  62. leaflets at libraries, universities, schools, cinemas, companies, restaurants
  63. and cafes, shops and in other places.</p>
  64. <h2>FSFE’s translators: they are just awesome</h2>
  65. <p>This brings us to a badly needed thank you note. During the last 12 months
  66. we published the newsletter monthly. Two of the editions were written by our
  67. volunteer Heiki ”Repentinus” Ojasild, so your editor could enjoy his vacation.
  68. Our newsletter was available in 6 languages on average (lowest 4 languages
  69. highest 9 languages). We had newsletters in Albanian, Dutch, English, French,
  70. German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, and Spanish.</p>
  71. <p>Your editor is proud to work in a team with such dedicated volunteers. They
  72. translate the newsletter, the leaflets mentioned above, plus other FSFE news.
  73. They enable more people around the world to read about Free Software in their
  74. mother tongue, and are therefore a crucial part of the FSFE. So your editor
  75. would like to deeply thank our <a
  76. href="/contribute/translators/translators.html">growing translators team</a>
  77. for this important work.</p>
  78. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  79. <ul>
  80. <li>The year is almost over, and it is reporting season. <a
  81. href="">Our
  82. president published a sneak preview of things we achieved in 2014</a> covering
  83. our work on: public procurement, the Free Software pact, compulsory routers,
  84. improving information material, informing about “trusted computing” and “Secure
  85. Boot”, organising Document Freedom Day, answering legal questions, as well as
  86. our participation events such as workshops, panel discussions, or organising
  87. booths.</li>
  88. <li>In the last newsletter we asked you to help the FixMyDocuments campaign.
  89. With the support they received, they have now <a
  90. href="">compiled a list of over 15,000
  91. editable documents from the European institutions not available in the Open
  92. Document Format</a>.</li>
  93. <li>WhatsApp adopted a secure end-to-end encryption method developed for the Free
  94. Software app TextSecure. Torsten Grote takes a look at <a
  95. href="">what
  96. that means for Free Software</a>.</li>
  97. <li>Local events: FSFE had a <a
  98. href="">booth at T-Dose in the
  99. Netherlands</a>. Our Dutch Fellows organised the booth together, Kevin Keijzer
  100. gave a talk about “Discrimination of Free Software (users) in education”,
  101. Maurice Verheesen spoke about “Digital Sovereignty For Europe”, and Felix
  102. Stegerman talked about <a
  103. href="">the
  104. opportunities and dangers of the “Internet of Things”</a>. Beside that, our
  105. Berlin group organised a <a
  106. href="">booth at
  107. the FiFFkon</a> at the Technical University Berlin.</li>
  108. <li>Guido published a summary of <a
  109. href="">what
  110. happened in education throughout Europe during October</a>.</li>
  111. <li>The French Fellow Alexandre Keledjian published <a
  112. href="">F-Droid-Web, a simple and
  113. lightweight web interface to F-Droid server</a>. It provides an easy way to add
  114. a new software repository to your mobile using qr-codes, and to browse the
  115. F-Droid catalogue by name, category, summary, license type, and
  116. description.</li>
  117. <li>From the <a href="">planet
  118. aggregation</a>:</li>
  119. <ul>
  120. <li><a
  121. href="">Mirko
  122. Böhm, FSFE Fellow and KDE community member, wrote about why you should support
  123. FSFE’s work</a>, which in his words is: to protect, explain, and organise the
  124. freedoms to use, study, share, and improve software.</li>
  125. <li>Daniel Pocock <a
  126. href="">questions
  127. if Amnesty is giving spy victims a false sense of security</a>. In his post he
  128. provides a letter template to sent to Amnesty.</li>
  129. <li>“EOMA68” is an open electronic interface standard, designed to support
  130. the development of small computing devices. Nico Rikken wrote <a
  131. href="">why
  132. EOMA68 will advance both Free Software and free hardware</a>.</li>
  133. <li>Mario Fux explains how you <a
  134. href="">can contribute as a non-developer to
  135. KDE</a>.</li>
  136. <li>Beside that we had some technical HowTos on the planet, including: Kevin
  137. Keijzer who reports from <a
  138. href="">his
  139. experience trying to install Ubuntu without proprietary software</a>.</li>
  140. <li>Hannes Hauswedell who wrote about <a
  141. href="">how to
  142. encrypt cron’s daily mail on FreeBSD</a>. His HowTo pertains to FreeBSD in
  143. particular, but he is “sure all you GNUsers out there will figure out the
  144. necessary changes”.</li>
  145. <li>Mirko Böhm who describes <a
  146. href="">how
  147. to configure a gaming mouse on GNU/Linux in a way that you can work and play at
  148. the machine</a>.</li>
  149. <li>And Max Mehl who is now running his own Git (a decentralised version
  150. control system) instance which also includes a <a
  151. href="">script to
  152. delete all meta data from PDF files in a directory</a>.</li>
  153. </ul>
  154. </ul>
  155. <h2>Get active: Get a smartcard and support us</h2>
  156. <p>Next year, we will push harder than ever to weave software freedom into the
  157. fabric of our society. To enable us to intensify our work with the European
  158. Commission, to let more people know about Free Software, and to continue our
  159. other work <a href="/news/2014/news-20141203-01.html">we still need €190,000
  160. for 2015</a>.</p>
  161. <p>As an individual the best way to support the FSFE’s work financially is to
  162. <a href="/join/join.html">become a Fellow (a sustaining member of the
  163. FSFE)</a>. All Fellowship contributions directly benefit our work towards a
  164. free society.</p>
  165. <p>Fellows receive a state-of-the-art Fellowship smartcard which, together with
  166. the free GnuPG encryption software and a card reader, can be used to sign and
  167. encrypt e-mails, to securely log into a computer from a potentially insecure
  168. machine using SSH, or to store the user’s hard disk encryption keys. Since the
  169. encryption key is stored on the card itself, it is almost impossible to
  170. steal.</p>
  171. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>, <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  172. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  173. <a href="/about/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
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