A world without Free Software is a world where we are all hostages of proprietary software vendors that run our lives. To fight such a nightmare scenario we need organisations like Free Software Foundation Europe.
Stefano "Zack" Zacchiroli, Former Debian Project Leader
As reported in the our last newsletter, W3C wants to implement usage controls on the web. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) now published a formal objection to the HTML working group draft charter. Free Software Foundation Europe fully supports EFF's objections.
In April the German Parliament (the 'Bundestag') has introduced a joint motion against software patents. It urges the German government to take steps to limit the granting of patents on computer programs. After the first hearing in Parliament, Matthias Kirschner was invited for FSFE as external expert to the legal committee meeting on May 13th. FSFE published a written statement and we published the notes of our oral presentation. There will be a second meeting of a committee and afterwards on the 6th of June the Parliament will vote upon the motion.
21 June 2013
24 June 2013
06 to 11 July 2013
From July 6-11, 2013, several thousand people will come to Brussels from all over Europe to participate in the Libre Software meeting, one of Europe's largest conferences for Free Software developers, technology entrepreneurs and civil society activists. FSFE will be present with two booths, a great panel discussion and a talk by Karsten Gerloff. Come and meet us!
09 July 2013
FSFE at the 14th edition of the Libre Software meeting in Brussels. On July 9 FSFE organises a discussion panel on Technology, Power and Freedom with some of the world's foremost advocates of digital freedom and leading members of the European Parliament (MEP) on digital issues. Participants will be Karsten Gerloff (FSFE), Eben Moglen (Columbia University), Judith Sargentini (MEP Greens/EFA), Christel Schaldemose (MEP S&D -tbc), Richard M Stallman (FSF), Nils Torvalds (MEP ALDE), Ioannis A. Tsoukalas (MEP EPP)