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Revisiting the Sony Rootkit fiasco 10 years later

08 October 2015:

Today the Free Software Foundation Europe looks back on the Sony rootkit fiasco from 2005. This page outlines some facts about the rootkit and how it was handled, as well as some context about what these kinds of restrictions mean for the notion of computers as general purpose machines. 31 October 2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of when the rootkit was discovered, and in preparation for this day, we ask you all to use this information and spread the word, not only about the Sony rootkit, but about the dangers of digital restrictions on users' freedoms everywhere.

[Blog] 30 years Free Software Foundation

04 October 2015:

On 4 October 1985 Harold Abelson, Robert J. Chassell, Richard M. Stallman, Garald Jay Sussman, and Leonard H. Tower, Jr. incorporated the Free Software Foundation, Inc. The application included also the GNU Emacs General Public License, the GNU Manifesto, a list of software which was already written (Bison, MIT Schema, Hack, plus a list of several Unix utility replacements)...

FSFE elects new President and Vice President

22 September 2015:

Matthias Kirschner and Alessandro Rubini are FSFE's new President and Vice President. They were elected last week in Bucharest during FSFE's General Assembly, while Reinhard Müller was re-elected as Financial Officer. They will serve FSFE in those positions for the upcoming two years.

18 September 2015:

On July 6th, the European Parliament voted on a report with a number of recommendations for copyright reform. We present today our evaluation of how this could impact Free Software.

"Freedomvote": 10 questions about digital freedom for the Swiss national election

16 September 2015:

In anticipation of the Swiss national parliament elections (Nationalrat- / Ständeratswahlen) on 18 October 2015, FSFE Switzerland starts the „Freedomvote“ campaign today, in cooperation with the "Swiss Open Systems User Group“ (/ch/open). The campaign offers an online portal that lists those candidates who will run for election, and their opinion towards Internet policy, Free Software, and open data formats.


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Monthly Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria

16 October 2015

This month, the Vienna Fellowship meeting will be in the Metalab, located in the Rathausstraße 6 in the 1st district of Vienna. We'll be there from 18:00, with agenda related discussions starting at 19:00. As usual, this invitation is for everyone interested in the FSFE or Free Software. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Labortage 2015 in Bochum, Germany

16 to 18 October 2015

On Friday 16 October 2015 at 18:00 Fellow Michael Stehmann will give a lecture about "Free Software Licences" at the Labortagen 2015 in Bochums Hackerspace.

Round tables: “Free Software, Open Source and Software Patent Non-Aggression, European Context”, October 2015 in Berlin, Germany and Warsaw, Poland

21 to 22 October 2015

Successful collaboration, Free Software license compliance and innovation management go hand-in-hand for large and small innovators. FSFE and Open Invention Network, with the participation of the Legal Network and the Asian Legal Network, are inviting to round table events with presentations and panel discussion of industry and community speakers, titled "Free Software, Open Source and Software Patent Non-Aggression, European Context".

The events will be held in Berlin on October 21 and Warsaw on October 22. Attendance is limited – please confirm your attendance until October 14 to Nicola Feltrin.

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