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  4. <title>FSF Europe - Two year executive summary, period 2003-2005 -- 7th May 2005</title>
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  8. <h1>Two year executive summary</h1>
  9. <h2>period 2003-2005</h2>
  10. <h2>Report for the 2005 general assembly</h2>
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  13. Vienna, Austria, 7th May 2005<br />
  14. </div>
  15. <p>Four years after its official start in March 10th, 2001 and the
  16. finalisation of its founding process in April 24th, 2001, the general
  17. assembly on 7 May 2005 in Vienna, Austria marks the end of another
  18. electorial period for the Free Software Foundation Europe Extended
  19. Executive Committee.</p>
  20. <p>The organisation itself has seen two busy years and has grown in size,
  21. activities and impact. Instead of trying to achieve or claim
  22. completeness, this report will briefly summarize some of FSFE's
  23. milestones of the past two years.</p>
  24. <h3>European Union: Microsoft Antitrust Investigation</h3>
  25. <p>Following up on the work it began during its first two years, FSFE in
  26. cooperation with the Samba Team were delivering crucial expertise in
  27. the antitrust investigation of the European Union against Microsoft
  28. for extending its desktop monopoly into the server market. After
  29. Microsoft filed suit at the European Court of First Instance against
  30. the fine and obligations to make available its protocol
  31. specifications, FSFE entered [<a href="#1" name="anch_1">1</a>] the court case as third party, also
  32. representing the Samba Team. Together, FSFE and Samba, represented in
  33. court by Carlo Piana of FSFE's Italian team, were able to help
  34. convince [<a href="#2" name="anch_2">2</a>] the court to not suspend the EU decision. More
  35. information available online. [<a href="#3" name="anch_3">3</a>]</p>
  36. <pre class="indent">
  37. [<a href="#anch_1" name="1">1</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  38. [<a href="#anch_2" name="2">2</a>] <a href="/projects/ms-vs-eu/intervention-20040930.en.html"></a>
  39. [<a href="#anch_3" name="3">3</a>] <a href="/projects/ms-vs-eu/"></a>
  40. </pre>
  41. <h3>UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)</h3>
  42. <p>The first phase of the United Nations World Summit on the Information
  43. Society (WSIS) took place December 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland. [<a href="#4" name="anch_4">4</a>]
  44. FSFE participated in the complete series of conferences leading up to
  45. this event from the intersessional meeting in Paris to the last
  46. PrepComs in Geneva. FSFE's president, Georg Greve, participated in the
  47. German governmental delegation on behalf of the German Civil Society
  48. coordination circle, co-coordinated the Patents, Copyrights and
  49. Trademarks (PCT) Working Group [<a href="#5" name="anch_5">5</a>] and helped establish and coordinate
  50. the European Caucus of Civil Society. [<a href="#6" name="anch_6">6</a>]</p>
  51. <p>During the summit itself, FSFE organised the "Free Software, Free
  52. Society" side event where Richard Stallman, Lawrence Lessig and others
  53. talked about the issues of freedom in a digital society. Working with
  54. other Civil Society and governmental representatives, Free Software
  55. Foundation Europe was able get some significant changes into the final
  56. documents. [<a href="#8" name="anch_8">8</a>]</p>
  57. <pre class="indent">
  58. [<a href="#anch_4" name="4">4</a>] <a href="/projects/wsis/wsis.en.html"></a>
  59. [<a href="#anch_5" name="5">5</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  60. [<a href="#anch_6" name="6">6</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  61. [<a href="#anch_7" name="7">7</a>] <a href="/projects/wsis/event-03-12-10.en.html"></a>
  62. [<a href="#anch_8" name="8">8</a>] <a href="/projects/wsis/debriefing-geneva.en.html"></a>
  63. </pre>
  64. <h3>Towards a "World Intellectual Wealth Organisation"</h3>
  65. <p>After speaking at a course of WIPO and the University of Torino held
  66. at the International Training Center (ITC) of the International Labor
  67. Organisation (ILO) in Torino, Italy, FSFE decided to become observer
  68. of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). [<a href="#9" name="anch_9">9</a>] WIPO is
  69. one of the 16 specialised UN organisations and it is administrating 23
  70. international treates dealing with different aspects of limited
  71. monopolies on knowledge. As such, it has a central position in the
  72. global governance and power structure in relation to Copyrights,
  73. Patents and Trademarks, in particular.</p>
  74. <p>Together with other groups, organisations and governments, FSFE is
  75. working towards turning WIPO into an organisation oriented at
  76. increasing the intellectual wealth of all of humankind. [<a href="#10" name="anch_10">10</a>]</p>
  77. <p>A very important step in this direction was taken at the
  78. Inter-sessional, Inter-governmental Meeting (IIM) for the
  79. establishment of a development agenda for WIPO and the Permanent
  80. Committee on Cooperation for Development related to Intellectual
  81. Property (PCIPD) at which FSFE had its first official appearances
  82. within WIPO. [<a href="#11][12" name="anch_11][12">11][12</a>]</p>
  83. <pre class="indent">
  84. [<a href="#anch_9" name="9">9</a>] <a href="/projects/wipo/"></a>
  85. [<a href="#anch_10" name="10">10</a>] <a href="/documents/wiwo.en.html"></a>
  86. [<a href="#anch_11" name="11">11</a>] <a href="/projects/wipo/statement-20050413.en.html"></a>
  87. [<a href="#anch_12" name="12">12</a>] <a href="/projects/wipo/statement-20050415.en.html"></a>
  88. </pre>
  89. <h3>Press Work</h3>
  90. <p>One of the most seminal tasks for Free Software is creating awareness
  91. and informing people about issues of digital freedom. While Free
  92. Software is becoming increasingly important in the IT industry, many
  93. people do not yet understand it. Outside of the IT industry, most
  94. people will not even have heard of it.</p>
  95. <p>Changing this requires getting the issues and topics covered in
  96. mainstream media in a language that the readers, viewers and listeners
  97. can relate to. For that reason, <a href="/about/jakobs/">Joachim Jakobs</a> took responsibility of
  98. the media relations for FSFE in 2004, allowing for a much higher
  99. presence of software freedom in the "traditional" media.</p>
  100. <p>Some media in which FSFE was covered within the past years are: ARD,
  101. Bloomberg, Computerzeitung, DIE ZEIT, Deutschlandfunk, FAZ, Financial
  102. Times Deutschland, Financial Times, FR, Handelsblatt, International
  103. Herald Tribune, Le Figaro, Mediemagasinet(Sveriges Television), ORF
  104. m@trix, ORF Mittagsjournal, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wall Street Journal,
  105. arte tv.</p>
  106. <h3>International Free Software Cooperation</h3>
  107. <p>FSFE did not only increase its activities towards the part of the
  108. world that had never heard of Free Software before, it also increased
  109. and strengthened its activities inside the Free Software community.</p>
  110. <p>In particular, FSFE's president Georg Greve served as interim board
  111. member for the X.Org [<a href="#13" name="anch_13">13</a>] foundation during its establishment, trying
  112. to help in organisationally, legally and politically. He also worked
  113. with the group of people planning and coordinating the establishment
  114. of Free Software Foundation Latin America [<a href="#14" name="anch_14">14</a>] to help strengthen the
  115. global FSF Network.</p>
  116. <pre class="indent">
  117. [<a href="#anch_13" name="13">13</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  118. [<a href="#anch_14" name="14">14</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  119. </pre>
  120. <h3>Associates &amp; Participants</h3>
  121. <p>This of course only became possible because FSFE itself grew
  122. considerably during the past two years. Besides Joachim Jakobs, who is
  123. handling media relations on a full-time basis, FSFE took on <a href="/about/maffulli/">Stefano
  124. Maffulli</a>, FSFE's Italian Coordinator, on a part-time basis. A recent
  125. addition to the team was <a href="/about/oriordan/">Ciaran O'Riordan</a>, who is currently working
  126. full-time for FSFE in Brussels on European Union issues, such as
  127. <a href="/projects/swpat" target="_blank">software patents</a>.</p>
  128. <p>Another important addition were the interns: Matthias Kirschner, who
  129. was with the FSFE for eight months, and Karsten Gerloff, who is
  130. currently in his third month working for FSFE. Both participated fully
  131. in the activities of FSFE: While Matthias Kirschner was deeply
  132. involved in the inception, planning and implementation of the
  133. Fellowship, [<a href="#15" name="anch_15">15</a>] Karsten Gerloff largely set up the Hamburg Office of
  134. FSFE and participated in the WIPO conferences, which he helped
  135. document and make accessible in his blog. [<a href="#16" name="anch_16">16</a>]</p>
  136. <p>Also, the network of associate organisations [<a href="#17" name="anch_17">17</a>] has grown again
  137. within the past two years to</p>
  138. <pre class="indent">
  139. AFFS, UK [<a href="#18" name="anch_18">18</a>]
  140. ANSOL, Portugal [<a href="#19" name="anch_19">19</a>]
  141. ASSOLI, Italy [<a href="#20" name="anch_20">20</a>]
  142. FFII, Germany [<a href="#21" name="anch_21">21</a>]
  143. FFIS, Germany [<a href="#22" name="anch_22">22</a>]
  144. FFS, Austria [<a href="#23" name="anch_23">23</a>]
  145. FSIJ, Japan [<a href="#24" name="anch_24">24</a>]
  146. Fundacion Via Libre, Argentina [<a href="#25" name="anch_25">25</a>]
  147. IFSO, Ireland [<a href="#26" name="anch_26">26</a>]
  148. OFSET, France [<a href="#27" name="anch_27">27</a>]
  149. Vrijschrift, Netherlands [<a href="#28" name="anch_28">28</a>]
  150. Wilhelmtux, Switzerland [<a href="#29" name="anch_29">29</a>]
  151. </pre>
  152. <p>of which IFSO was the latest addition. These associate organisations
  153. often play a critical role in the establishment and coordination of
  154. the national teams of FSFE.</p>
  155. <pre class="indent">
  156. [<a href="#anch_15" name="15">15</a>] <a href="/projects/fellowship/"></a>
  157. [<a href="#anch_16" name="16">16</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  158. [<a href="#anch_17" name="17">17</a>] <a href="/associates/"></a>
  159. [<a href="#anch_18" name="18">18</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  160. [<a href="#anch_19" name="19">19</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  161. [<a href="#anch_20" name="20">20</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  162. [<a href="#anch_21" name="21">21</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  163. [<a href="#anch_22" name="22">22</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  164. [<a href="#anch_23" name="23">23</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  165. [<a href="#anch_24" name="24">24</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  166. [<a href="#anch_25" name="25">25</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  167. [<a href="#anch_26" name="26">26</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  168. [<a href="#anch_27" name="27">27</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  169. [<a href="#anch_28" name="28">28</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  170. [<a href="#anch_29" name="29">29</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  171. </pre>
  172. <h3>Fellowship</h3>
  173. <p>After several months of preparation, the FSFE finally released its
  174. Fellowship [<a href="#30" name="anch_30">30</a>] campaign in late February 2005. The Fellowship is a
  175. community for digital freedom -- it is a way of raising your flag to
  176. show that you care about these issues and the easiest way of
  177. contributing to the ongoing work of FSFE both politically and
  178. financially to protect your freedom.</p>
  179. <p>All Fellows of FSFE get a login on the Fellowship portal, which is
  180. slowly evolving into a platform of communication, coordination and
  181. collaboration.</p>
  182. <p>Each Fellow also gets a personalised OpenPGP SmartCard with the
  183. possibility to have the keys signed by the Free Software Foundation
  184. Europe. This gives all Fellows a state of the art crypto token that
  185. allows Fellows to protect their own privacy and data as well as spread
  186. general awareness for these issues.</p>
  187. <p>Thanks to the success of the Fellowship, FSFE was able have Ciaran
  188. O'Riordan working full time in Brussels and further increase its
  189. activities -- sign up and protect your freedom! [<a href="#31" name="anch_31">31</a>]</p>
  190. <pre class="indent">
  191. [<a href="#anch_30" name="30">30</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  192. [<a href="#anch_31" name="31">31</a>] <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  193. </pre>
  194. <h3>Ongoing activities</h3>
  195. <p>There were numerous other activities FSFE has been working on during
  196. the past couple of years, from teaching at World Bank courses to
  197. working with local activists in various activities. In order to allow
  198. people to better follow the many things that are often happening in
  199. parallel, FSFE also established a monthly newsletter, which is the
  200. easiest way of remaining informed about FSFE's activities. [<a href="#32" name="anch_32">32</a>]</p>
  201. <pre class="indent">
  202. [<a href="#anch_32" name="32">32</a>] <a href="/news/newsletter.en.html"></a>
  203. </pre>
  204. <h3>Shows/Talks</h3>
  205. <p>Being an educational effort as well as a political organisation, one
  206. of the permanent tasks for all people in FSFE is being present at
  207. trade shows and conferences, create and distribute information
  208. material, talk to people in various places and fora to inform them
  209. about Free Software and issues of freedom in the digital age.</p>
  210. <p>These are some of the places and events where FSFE did this work</p>
  211. <pre class="indent">
  212. ALANTEJO Party 2004, Evora, Portugal
  213. Banco Central do Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil
  214. BerLINux, Berlin, Germany
  215. Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
  216. Chamber of Commerce, Vienna, Austria
  217. CONISLI, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  218. Computerworld Conference, Zurich, Switzerland
  219. DRM and alternatives, Berlin, Germany
  220. European Social Forum (ESF), London, UK
  221. FOSDEM, Brussels, Belgium
  222. Florence World Vision, Forence, Italy
  223. Free Software Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  224. Free Software Seminar, Västerås, Sweden
  225. Free Software Summer Event, Caceres, Spain
  226. Free Software Workshop, Damascus, Syria
  227. Free Software in a Free Society, Sarajevo, Bosnia
  228. GNU/Linux Day in Bozen,
  229. GNU/Linux Infoday, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
  230. GNU/Linux World Expo, Milan, Italy
  231. GNU/LinuxTag, Karlsruhe, Germany
  232. Handelsblatt Conference, Berlin, Germany
  233. Instituto Bruno Leoni, Milan, Italy
  234. KDE Community World Summit, Ludwigsburg, Germany
  235. KIPA Free Software Conference, Seoul, South Korea
  236. LOTS Event, Berne, Switzerland
  237. LiMux Project Inauguration, Munich, Germany
  238. Linux World Expo &amp; Conference Birmingham, UK
  239. Linux World Expo, Frankfurt, Germany
  240. LinuxForum, Copenhagen, Denmark
  241. Linuxwochen, Eisenstadt, Austria
  242. Linuxwochen, Linz, Austria
  243. Linuxwochen, Wien, Austria
  244. Ministry of Communication, Brasilia, Brazil
  245. National Congress, Montevideo, Uruguay
  246. National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  247. Nordic University Computer Club Conference, Uppsala, Sweden
  248. Red Hat World Tour, Munich, Germany
  249. Senate of Buenos Aires, La Plata, Argentina
  250. South Tyrol Free Software Conference, Bozen, Italy
  251. Summit of Italian Free Software Organizations, Avellino, Italy
  252. UN World Summit on the Information Society, Geneva, Switzerland
  253. UNCTAD expert meeting on Free Software, Geneva, Switzerland
  254. USUARIA conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  255. Universita Bocconi, Milano, Italy
  256. University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina
  257. University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  258. University of Torino &amp; UN WIPO, ITC-ILO, Torino, Italy
  259. WIPO IIM, Geneva, Switzerland
  260. WIPO PCIPD, Geneva, Switzerland
  261. Week of Digital Freedom, Rome, Italy
  262. Week of freedom road tour, Italy
  263. Wizards of OS, Berlin, Germany
  264. World Bank course at ITC-ILO, Torino, Italy
  265. World Social Forum (WSF), Porto Alegre, Brazil
  266. </pre>
  267. <h3>Outlook</h3>
  268. <p>FSFE is now growing out of the startup phase and find itself involved
  269. in many activities that are going to require attention for some time
  270. in the future -- like software patents, the case of Microsoft against
  271. the European Commission or the United Nations activities, such as a
  272. <a href="/projects/wipo/" target="_blank">reform of WIPO</a>.</p>
  273. <p>Having grown up now in many aspects, FSFE will need to consolidate its
  274. activities to make sure they will be sustainable for the next decade
  275. to come. At the same time, FSFE will need to increase its activities
  276. throughout Europe on the national and European Union level.</p>
  277. <p>Finding a balance between these two and finding more people who are
  278. willing to do and/or support this work will be a necessity in order to
  279. make this happen.</p>
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