FSFE Newsletter - June 2016

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FSFE co-signed letter on net neutrality

FSFE together with 72 organisations signed a letter to the EU telecom regulators in support of strong net neutrality rules in the on-going negotiations for the guidelines on the implementation of the recently adopted EU Regulation 2015/2120. The Regulation creates a basis for strong net neutrality, and FSFE together with other organisations from all over the world asks the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communication (BEREC) and the 28 national telecom regulators to uphold these rules and to establish strong net neutrality guidelines around Europe.

From Free Software misunderstandings to software at CERN - FSFE busy at events

The past month was full of events and talks, with FSFE staff and team members being present on several occasions. Talks and presentations make a large part of our work to reach out and communicate our message to people from different backgrounds.

FSFE's president Matthias Kirschner gave a short talk during Re:publica TEN about how to counter Free Software misunderstandings. He also participated as a speaker at the Croatian Linux Users' Conference DORS / CLUC in Zagreb, Croatia, where he gave a keynote about "The long way to empower people to control technology".

During the foss-north conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, FSFE's vice president Alessandro Rubini gave a talk on "Time in Software and Hardware - how time is handled in the Linux kernel and in the White Rabbit network at CERN", and FSFE's executive director, Jonas Öberg, presented a talk about the "State of Free Software in Europe (and elsewhere)".

German Coordinator Max Mehl gave a talk about Radio 'Lockdown' Directive during the Wireless Battle of the Mesh v9, in Porto, Portugal, and your co-editor Polina Malaja gave an overview on the same topic during the Wireless Community Weekend 2016in Berlin, Germany.

Last but not least, FSFE's Austrian coordinator Peter Bubestinger gave a talk about Free Software in schools at the Open Source Conference Albania OSCAL.

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Good Free Software news

The Hungarian government published a decree promoting the use of Free Software and Open Standards in public administrations. The country's Ministry of Interior is bound to start a central licence registry for software used by the public sector and report yearly on the progress made in use of Free Software and Open Standards. Meanwhile, France revised its interoperability guidelines which from now on recommend ODF as a standard communication format between public administrations and citizens. Sweden's Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) is determined to adhere to its Free Software strategy and to sustain the Free Software solutions it uses, according to the planned updates of the strategy to be published in June. As stated by the Social Insurance Agency, Free Software maximises value of IT by allowing its efficient use.

Thanks to all the volunteers , Fellows and corporate donors who enable our work,

your editors Polina Malaja and Erik Albers, FSFE