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Call for Participation for the first FSFE summit

28 April 2016:

In 2016, the FSFE is celebrating 15 years of existence. What started as a small group of volunteers has grown into a European wide movement with actively supporting members in more than 20 countries. We dedicate this birthday to our community, to those who made us grow strong in the past 15 years - with the first ever FSFE summit on September 2 – 4, taking place in the Berlin Congress Center, Germany. If you like to be part of it, save the date and take part in the call for participation.

EU jeopardises its own goals in standardisation with FRAND licensing

28 April 2016:

On 19 April, the European Commission published a communication on "ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market" (hereinafter 'the Communication'). The Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy intends to digitise industries with several legislative and political initiatives, and the Communication is a part of it covering standardisation. In general, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) welcomes the Communication's plausible approach for integrating Free Software and Open Standards into standardisation but expresses its concerns about the lack of understanding of necessary prerequisites to pursue that direction.

Joint Statement on the Radio Lockdown Directive

11 April 2016:

23 organisations including the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) joined up in proposing measures to EU institutions and EU member states to avoid negative implications on users' rights and Free Software imposed by the EU Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU.

FSFE's work in 2015

24 February 2016:

From teaching people to use encryption for their e-mail, to changing the direction of policy on a European level, the Free Software Foundation Europe worked hard in 2015 to empower users to control technology. With welcome help from our donors and contributors, we set out with ambitious goals for the year. We saw a lot of improvements in how we work, and we ended the year positively with a lot to look forward to in 2016. Please enjoy this story of (some!) of our work over the year, and thank you for helping us make the world a better place!

#ilovefs Report 2016

22 February 2016:

Sunday 14 February 2016 was a day to declare love for people we care for. On this day, as a yearly tradition, the Free Software community celebrates "I love Free Software" day to thank developers behind Free Software. This year, for the 6th time, FSFE asked everyone to participate and express their appreciation and gratitude to their favourite Free Software contributors.

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Linuxwochen Wien 2016 in Vienna, Austria

28 April to 01 May 2016

At this year's Linuxwochen Wien, FSFE will participate in a few ways. Franz Gratzer, designer for FSFE, will give a talk about the history of the FLOSS game "Trigger Rally" and a workshop of how to design and develop their own race tracks. Simon Hornbachner, local coordinator Linz, will be talking about Copyleft - what it actually means, some common misconceptions and why it isn't only beneficiary for "the community", but also for companies. There will also be a FSFE information booth and the local team is looking forward to everyone to meet!

"Linuxtage" in Graz, Austria

30 April 2016

At the annual event in Graz, lots of presentation talks and information booths offer visitors the possibility to catch up on information about GNU/Linux, Free Software and related projects. The event location is the FH Joanneum. FSFE will be present with an information booth.

'May the Open Source be With you' in Tilburg, Netherlands

30 April 2016

Digital self-defence, playing soccer with MBots, Raspberry Music project are the main tracks of the Free Software Event at the Tilburg Library, along with informational stands and many DIY activities. Participants are the FSFE (Digi-Talk Maurice Verheesen), Ubuntu.NL, LibreOffice, NLLGG (Dutch Linux Users Group) and more. DIY activities involve the Raspberry TEdCase 3D-printing, 3D-Virtual Reality and more. Entrance is free. The Event starts at 12.00hrs and ends at 17.00hrs.

"Linux im Alltag" in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

30 April 2016

Organisiert durch Fellows der FSFE werden im Rahmen des Linux-Presentation-Day Wolf-Dieter Zimmermann und Wolfgang Romey allen Interessierten einen Einblick in das freie Betriebssystem Linux geben. Dazu gibt es mehrere "Trainings"-Rechner zum selber erleben. Die Veranstaltung findet statt von 10.00 bis 15.00 Uhr in der Volkshochschule in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

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