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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - June 2015</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter – June 2015</h1>
  8. <h2>For whom the bell tolls?</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">
  10. On the first Wednesday of May, a coalition of digital liberties
  11. organizations, including FSFE, and a multitude of individual activists
  12. held the
  13. <a href="">International Day Against DRM</a> 2015
  14. to raise awareness about digital restrictions management, a pervasive
  15. and deeply entrenched mechanism designed to plunder the citizenry of
  16. the concept of ownership.
  17. </p>
  18. <p>
  19. Along with numerous other defenders of consumer rights and digital
  20. liberties we published
  21. <a href="/news/2015/news-20150506-01.html">a statement asking
  22. legislators to guarantee the traditional right to tinker</a> with our
  23. property. This was necessitated by both the prior steady erosion of the
  24. rights to repair and modify our belongings and the renewed push by
  25. various manufacturing companies, like
  26. <a href="">John Deere</a>, one of the largest
  27. manufacturers of agricultural equipment, to deny their customers the
  28. right to modify their own property in whatever way the customers wish,
  29. using bad laws like the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which
  30. forbid consumers to circumvent or remove certain defects from their
  31. purchases.
  32. </p>
  33. <h2>FSFE is looking for a systems architect</h2>
  34. <p>
  35. Due to sustained growth we have experienced in the last few years, our
  36. infrastructure has developed into a state where it is no longer able to
  37. fulfil our needs. Therefore, we are
  38. <a href="/news/2015/news-20150527-01.html">looking for a systems architect</a>
  39. to help us document our existing infrastructure dependencies, develop
  40. this into a maintainable architecture, and help our system administrators
  41. migrate our services to the new architecture.
  42. </p>
  43. <p>
  44. If you have a good grasp of Free Software, creating technical
  45. documentation, virtualization, MTAs, database servers, and web services
  46. and you wish to help us ensure scalability and continued availability
  47. of both Fellowship services and our internal tools, then
  48. you are welcome to apply by contacting our Executive Director,
  49. <a href="/about/oberg/index.html">Jonas Öberg</a>. This is your chance
  50. to gain a deeper understanding of the technical challenges faced by our
  51. volunteers and staff, and help us overcome these hurdles!
  52. </p>
  53. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  54. <ul>
  55. <li>
  56. Guido Arnold, FSFE's edu-team coordinator, held a keynote at DORS/CLUC
  57. in Zagreb about Free Software adoption in education throughout Europe
  58. and wrote <a href="">a short post about it</a>.
  59. </li>
  60. <li>
  61. Our President Karsten Gerloff has written a blog post explaining
  62. <a href="">why Facebook's new option to
  63. encrypt e-mail notifications using the OpenPGP standard is useless</a>.
  64. The bottom line is that on Facebook you are the product and the new
  65. “feature” will neither guard your data from overreaching law
  66. enforcement nor advertisers willing to pay.
  67. </li>
  68. <li>
  69. Our <a href="/associates/associates.html">associate</a>
  70. <a href="">Fundaţia Ceata</a> is organizing a
  71. conference called <a href="">Coliberator '15</a>
  72. from June 6th to 7th in Bucharest, Romania. The conference has
  73. featured our president Karsten Gerloff and the founder of the Free
  74. Software movement, Richard M. Stallman, as keynote speakers during
  75. previous editions.
  76. </li>
  77. <li>From the planet aggregation:</li>
  78. <ul>
  79. <li>
  80. Our Fellow Kevin Keijzer writes about
  81. <a href="">liberating a Thinkpad T60p</a>
  82. for another Fellow, André, who
  83. <a href="">reviews the experience</a>.
  84. </li>
  85. <li>
  86. Daniel Pocock is showing people how to
  87. <a href="">use Blender for video editing</a>.
  88. </li>
  89. <li>
  90. Max Mehl, a former intern, is writing about
  91. <a href="">his current volunteering experience in Africa</a>.
  92. Max offers a rather strange, but eye-opening perspective on the way
  93. Tanzanians perceive technology.
  94. </li>
  95. </ul>
  96. </ul>
  97. <h2>Get active: call on legislators to oppose TTIP, CETA</h2>
  98. <p>
  99. This newsletter started with DRM; it will also end with DRM:
  100. unscrupulous actors are attempting to use secretly negotiated trade
  101. agreements TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and
  102. CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) to make it extremely
  103. difficult for future governments to get rid of current bans on
  104. circumventing digital restrictions mechanisms. Instead, they would force
  105. governments to impose ever-harsher penalties on anyone who dares to
  106. tinker with their property.
  107. </p>
  108. <p>
  109. We at FSFE would rather avoid that future. Hence, we are asking you to
  110. contact your elected representatives both in the European parliament and
  111. various legislative bodies throughout Europe and let them know that you
  112. wish European laws to remain the province of European legislators. Ask
  113. them to oppose
  114. <a href="">secretly negotiated</a>
  115. treaties; ask them to demand transparency and openness; and, most
  116. importantly, do it now and tell your legislators about the things you
  117. like to do with your possessions.
  118. </p>
  119. <p>
  120. It would also be nice if you could tell them what you would be unable
  121. to do if those secretive trade agreements were ratified, but you cannot:
  122. we do not know the current state of the negotiations. This is quite
  123. annoying, but despair not: most of our elected representatives are also
  124. in the dark, and they are unlikely to enjoy it. This offers us a unique
  125. opportunity to tune them against the deals before they are finalized
  126. and presented for ratification: let us get our representatives to
  127. oppose these deals while they can make a decision based on democratic
  128. principles and need not yet decide whether the economic perks outweigh
  129. the proposed harm to a free society.
  130. </p>
  131. <p>
  132. Thanks to all the <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">volunteers</a>,
  133. <a href="">Fellows</a> and
  134. <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">corporate donors</a> who enable our
  135. work, <br/>
  136. <a href="/about/repentinus">Heiki Lõhmus</a>,
  137. <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a>
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