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  4. <title>FSFE Newsletter - April 2017</title>
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  7. <h1 class="p-name">FSFE Newsletter - April 2017</h1>
  8. <h2 id="Free-Software-in-the-German-OGP-action-plan">Free Software in the German OGP action plan</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">Last December, Germany joined the
  10. <a href="">Open Government
  11. Partnership</a> and now has until June 2017 to develop and decide
  12. on an action plan. Increased transparency and continuous reporting,
  13. governmental effectiveness and citizen-friendly administration are
  14. all part of the goals of Open Government.</p>
  15. <p>The FSFE has worked together with other organisations and the
  16. "working group OGP" Germany to summarise the topic of Free Software
  17. in the Open Government context and provide concrete action items,
  18. along with a short but illuminating introduction into the topic
  19. and a vision for 2030. The recommendations were submitted to the
  20. German government in March.</p>
  21. <p>The proposal was the outcome of a workshop, held by the German
  22. Government in February, with the contribution of numerous
  23. civil society representatives, including the FSFE. By
  24. <a href="">
  25. publishing our suggestions</a>, we hope to enable civil society
  26. actors worldwide to learn about the OGP discussion in Germany and
  27. use these suggestions in other countries.</p>
  28. <hr />
  29. <p>Help us grow and make a difference in 2017
  30. <a href="">
  32. <hr />
  33. <h2 id="what-else-have-we-done?-inside-and-Outside-the-fsfe">
  34. What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE</h2>
  35. <ul>
  36. <li> In the Dutch elections, <a href="">
  37.</a>, initiated by the Dutch FSFE group, compared
  38. party positions on digital freedom and not only helped voters
  39. to make up their minds, but also gave a taste of what to expect
  40. by the newly elected parties' digital policies.</li>
  41. <li> Last month, <a href="">
  42. we welcomed as an associated organisation, - a
  43. non-profit think/do tank</a> with more than 10 years of
  44. expertise in developing Free Software tools and narratives for
  45. community empowerment.</li>
  46. <li>On March 7, <a href="ttps://">
  47. Matthias Kirschner put the spotlight on LiMux</a> at the talk
  48. he gave at <a href="">
  49. the 58. Netzpolitischer Abend</a> in Berlin, and on March 28,
  50. <a href="">he shared his views
  51. with the audience at the ISCTE–University Institute of Lisbon
  52. in Portugal</a> concerning ways to empower people to use
  53. technology. Matthias also participated in a longer
  54. <a href="">podcast
  55. in German about LiMux</a>.</li>
  56. <li>On March 11-12,<a href="">
  57. the FSFE returned to Chemnitzer Linux-Tage</a>, Germany's
  58. biggest Free Software conference, held in the University
  59. of Chemnitz. We arranged an information booth and Max Mehl
  60. spoke about the developments around the
  61. <a href="">
  62. EU Radio "Lockdown" Directive</a>.</li>
  63. <li>On March 20, Olga Gkotsopoulou, Polina Malaja and Lusy Vaseva
  64. <a href="">
  65. presented the FSFE's Position Paper for the endorsement of Free
  66. Software and Open Standards in Horizon 2020 and all publicly-funded
  67. research</a> and facilitated a discussion about the role of Free
  68. Software in Open Science at <a href="">
  69. the Open Science Barcamp in Berlin</a>.</li>
  70. <li><a href="">
  71. The winners of the 2016 Free Software Awards were announced by
  72. the Free Software Foundation</a> during the LibrePlanet 2017
  73. conference. The Award for Projects of Social Benefit was given to
  74. SecureDrop, an anonymous whistleblowing platform, maintained by
  75. Freedom of the Press Foundation, while the Award for the Advancement
  76. of Free Software went to Alexandre Oliva, an advocate of Free
  77. Software and the GNU Project.</li>
  78. <li><a href="">
  79. The Vienna FSFE group held an information booth at Veganmania
  80. indoor festival 2017.</a></li>
  81. <li>Jonas Öberg wrote about the <a href="">
  82. the need to work more with governments and local municipalities</a>
  83. in order to encourage uptake of Free Software friendly policies in
  84. procurement and development of IT systems. The FSFE policy team
  85. has intensified its efforts in this direction and
  86. <a href="">asks
  87. for everyone's support.</a></li>
  88. <li>If you're interested in discussions about Free Software on
  89. Android, you can join FSFE's <a href="">
  90. android mailing list</a>, which Matthias Kirschner highlighted in
  91. his introduction to <a href="">
  92. installing Signal without a Google account or Google Play</a>.</li>
  93. <li> <a href="">
  94. In February, we celebrated the "I Love Free Software day" for the
  95. 8th consecutive year</a>. People all over the world used the
  96. occasion to declare their love and affection not only towards their
  97. significant other, but to the whole Free Software community.
  98. This year's celebrations had everything:
  99. <a href="">
  100. a FOSDEM photobooth in Brussels</a>, <a href="">
  101. letters and flowers for the German Parliament</a>, light projections
  102. <a href=""> in the streets of Berlin</a>
  103. and <a href="">
  104. Frankfurt</a>, creative <a href="">
  105. artworks</a>, a bright program of IloveFS events,
  106. <a href="">
  107. funny memes</a>, songs, microblogging as well as longer blogposts
  108. from individuals, politicians and supporting organisations.</li>
  109. <li>Are you currently a student? Is an internship a compulsory part
  110. of your studies curriculum? Are you fluent in German and English
  111. and interested in the politics around Free Software? Then,
  112. <a href="">check
  113. our new intern vacancy announcement</a>, for a position in our
  114. office in Berlin, from June till October 2017. And don't forget,
  115. that we're still able to accept additional student interns for
  116. 2017. <a href="">
  117. Apply now</a> and don't miss the opportunity to become part of a
  118. great international and diverse team, based in Berlin!</li>
  119. </ul>
  120. <h2 id="get-active">Get active</h2>
  121. <p>Fellowship elections 2017: According to
  122. <a href="https:///">
  123. our constitution</a>, two seats in the <a href="https:///">
  124. General Assembly</a> are reserved for elected representatives of our
  125. Fellows. They serve two-year terms and one seat is up for re-election
  126. every year. The electoral process 2017 covers the period from April
  127. 10 till April 24. Eight candidates are running for office in the
  128. FSFE's General Assembly. You can find the list of candidates, along
  129. with their manifestos and background as well as the election schedule
  130. and voting procedure, in <a href="">
  131. our dedicated Fellowship Election 2017 page</a>. All Fellows
  132. eligible to vote will automatically receive an email with all
  133. necessary information.</p>
  134. <h2 id="help-us-improve-our-newsletter">Help us improve
  135. our newsletter</h2>
  136. <p>If you see some news you think should be included, forward
  137. it to us. If you'd like to share any thoughts, send them to us.
  138. The address is as always We're looking
  139. forward to hearing from you!</p>
  140. <p>Thanks to all
  141. <a href="">
  142. volunteers</a>,
  143. <a href="">
  144. supporters</a> and
  145. <a href="">
  146. donors</a> who make our work possible.</p>
  147. <p>your editors Jonas Öberg, Olga Gkotsopoulou, Lusy Vaseva
  148. <a href="">FSFE</a></p>
  149. <hr />
  150. <p>Help us grow and make a difference in 2017
  151. <a href="">
  153. <hr />
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