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Events

Event Archive for 2012

Fellowship Meeting in Berlin, Germany

13 December 2012

For this year's last Berlin Fellowship meeting, we've prepared something special for all Fellows and friends: We'll meet at the Emmaus Church near Goerlitzer Bahnhof to enjoy a talk by Volker Grabsch. Volker, having 100 CACert Assurance Points, gives us insights on daily security using encryption, key-signing and certificates!

Also, there's going to be a nice retrospective about the Free Software Year 2012. If this is still not enough: Free Gluehwein for everyone! As always, you'll find more details about the location and time at GriCal.  

Android hackathon to implement disk encryption in Berlin

08 – 09 December 2012

Next weekend, on 8th and 9th December,Hannes Hauswedell, FSFE fellow and Germn Team coordinator for pdfreaders.org, is organising a mini-hackaton to finish YAFFS2-support. The event, hosted at IN-Berlin e.V., will run from Saturday (from 11) to Sunday (until 18). If you want to help, join us in Lehrter Straße, 53.

Club Mate and pizza will be provided! 

    Discussion evening about Free Software, Berlin, Germany

    05 December 2012

    The "Berliner Spindel" a group of junior staff in the Berlin administration organises an evening discussion about E-Government, Open Data, and Free Software on December 15th from 18:00 to 20:00. Matthias Kirschner is invited as an expert on Free Software, to talk about the role of Free Software for the public administration. The event takes place at the Senatsverwaltung für Gesundheit und Soziales, room 1.125 (Oranienstraße 106, 10969 Berlin)  

    FSFE booth at the 14th „Linuxday“ in Dornbirn, Austria

    24 November 2012

    The FSFE will be present with a booth organised by the Vienna Fellowship group at the 14th "Linuxday" in Dornbirn in the border region of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland on November 24, 2012. In three parallel tracks, there will be talks on Free Software for Novices, Experts and Managers.  

    Free your Android – Or: How much freedom it does really provide and what can you do to improve the situation?

    24 November 2012

    Albert Dengg of the Austrian team of the FSFE will hold a talk about the "Free Your Android" campaign at the "Linuxday" at HTL Dornbirn on November 24 at 11:00 CET.

    FSFE at JDLL in Lyon, France

    17 – 18 November 2012

    In November, FSFE will be present at the French event JDLL in Lyon, France. Every year, this event regroups organisations advocating Free Software and people giving talks over a complete week end in the center of Lyon. We'll be there the entire time from the 17th to the 18th. One of our interns, Léopold Baillard, will even be there the whole week if you want to meet with him. He will also give a talk about the Free Your Android campaign. The event takes place in Maison pour Tous - Salle des Rancy. We are looking forward to see you there!  

    FSFE at Free Society Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden

    09 – 11 November 2012

    FSFE will organise the "General Purpose Computing" track. Despite the fact that computers and - more and more - portable devices are universal machines, todays hardware often comes with anti-features or Digital Restrictions Management. This track by the FSFE will focus on this ongoing and increasing process of users restrictions. Thereby it concentrates on current trends and what we are in need of to stop them. 

    Fellowship Meeting, Berlin, Germany

    08 November 2012

    The Fellowship of the FSFE Berlin is going to have another evening of Free Software Love on Thursday, 08 November 2012. This time, we meet again at our new default location IN-Berlin.

    As always, location details can be found on the GriCal event page.There is no fixed agenda for the meeting, so expect a free-minded, happy come-together! If you have any general discussion topics or announcements they are also welcome. Please come and join, it's free for all and everyone is welcome!  

    Fellowship Meeting in Milan, Italy

    08 November 2012

    On November 8, at 6.30 PM, at the Department of Computer science of the University of Milan (Via Comelico 39, 20135 Milan), it will take place a Fellowship Meeting, during which we will discuss about next Fellowship activities in Lombardia. The Meeting is open to the public.

    Manchester Digital Debate, UK

    07 November 2012

    In preparaton for the Manchester Central by-election, political candidates will answer questions on issues effecting Manchester's digital indistry. This event, organised by FSFE, the Open Rights Group, the National Union of Journalists, and No2ID, will provide an opportunity for the public to get answers to questions concerning digial policy and investment in Britain's "second city".  

    Richard Stallman in Helsinki

    06 November 2012

    On November 6, Richard Stallman participates in the ICT Goes International in Helsinki. He will give a talk about "Trends in programming: Free Software and practices" at 13:50. The event is organized by HAAGA-HELIA, the University of Applied Sciences and will be held at the Auditorium, Pasila campus (Ratapihantie 13).

    Richard Stallman will give another speech, in the same venue, that evening at 18:00 about "How to Begin Contributing to a Free Software Project and Do a Good Job".  

      Talk: An endangered species: computer as a universal machine

      03 November 2012

      On November 3rd at 14.00, Matthias Kirschner will give a speech at Brandenburger Linux-Infotag 2012, about computers as general purpose machines. The talk, in German, will be held at 14.00 in the University of Potsdam, at room HS2 of the 'Institut für Informatik'. 

        Richard Stallman at the FC Forum in Barcelona

        26 October 2012

        On October 26, Richard Stallman participates in the Free/ Libre Culture Forum in Barcelona. He will attend and comment the presentation of the Positive Agenda for Copyright reform in Europe, a collaborative system. The event will take place in the Centro Cultural Ars Santa Monica (Las Ramblas, 7) at 13.00.

        Besides, that evening he will be at the Sala magna of the Universidad de Economía de Barcelona giving a talk about "El Movimiento del Software Libre y GNU" and "Por una sociedad Digital Libre"  

        Monthly Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria

        19 October 2012

        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!  

        Talk: Dirty tactics against LibreOffice in public administration, and how to overcome them

        18 October 2012

        On October 18th, Otto Kekäläinen, FSFE coordinator Finland, will explain the current status of the adaptation of LibreOffice in Finland, at the Berlin 2012 LibreOffice Conference. The talk will explain the current problems and will point out other countries experiences relevant to take into mind for Finland's LibreOffice future development. Also, it will cover Helsinki innitiatives, like Helsinki OpenOffice pilot in 2011.  

          Fellowship Meeting, Berlin, Germany

          11 October 2012

          The Fellowship of the FSFE Berlin is going to have another evening of Free Software Love on Thursday, 11 October 2012. This time, we'll be hosted by LinuxWorks! Friedrichshain at the E-Lok Jugendclub near Ostkreuz.

          As always, location details can be found on the GriCal event page.
          Please come and join, it's free for all and everyone is welcome!  

          Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria

          28 September 2012

          A 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. Special guest is the deputy fellowship coordinator Erik Albers from Berlin. Erik will talk about how to organize and perform FreeYourAndroid workshops.
          As usual, this invitation is for everyone interested in the FSFE or Free Software. We're looking forward to seeing you there!  

          World Computer Congress: How software patents are delaying the future

          25 September 2012

          On September 25 at the 22nd IFIP World Computer Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Karsten Gerloff will participate in a panel discussion on patents in software. The discussion about whether "patents enable innovation in the computer software field" is organised by the European Patent Organisation.  

          Monthly Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria

          21 September 2012

          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!  

          All watched over by machines of loving grace?

          19 September 2012

          We are in the middle of an intense battle about who will control the computers we'll use tomorrow. At the OpenMind conference in Helsinki, Finland, Karsten Gerloff will explain why the general-purpose computer is worth fighting for. The event is co-located with the Open Knowledge Festival. Karsten's talk starts at 11:30.  

          Software Freedom Day booth in Vienna

          15 September 2012

          The Vienna fellowship group will hold a booth in the very busy city centre of Vienna on the corner of the Mariahilfer Staße and the Museumsquartier. From 10am until 7pm we will be answering questions at our information desk and giving out leaflets and live CDs from different free operating systems. Many of them with a specially produced CD-edition identifying the FSFE fellowship as provider of the copies. We will bring notebook computers as well to show interested passers-by how well Free Software works and how good it looks.

          Free Your Android talk

          25 August 2012

          Torsten Grote will explain at Campus Party the FSFE campaign "Free Your Android" as part of the Campus Party Europe event, held in Berlin. The talk will be at 16.30 at the Socrates Stage.  

          Matthias Kirschner talks about FSFs at Campus Party Europe

          24 August 2012

          On August 24, Matthias Kirschner will give a speech at Campus Party. "The FSFS- Fighting for your freedom, since 1985" is the topic of this talk that will be held at 14.30 at the Socrates Stage, of this event organized in Berlin.  

          Hugo Roy speech at Campus Party Europe

          22 August 2012

          On August 22, Hugo Roy will be at Campus Party talking about " Why Free Software needs Network Neutrality?". The speech, at 11 a.m., will be held at the Socrates Stage of this event organized in Berlin.  

          Matthias Kirschner at Campus Party Europe

          22 August 2012

          On August 22, Matthias Kirschner will be at Campus Party talking about "An endangered species: computer as a universal machine". The speech, at 14.30, will be held at the Socrates Stage of this event organized in Berlin.  

          OggCamp 2012 Liverpool

          18 – 19 August 2012

          FSFE will once again be present at Ogg Camp with information, merchandise, leaflets, and the opportunity to join. Come and talk to FSFE's UK Fellows and Coordinator.  

          Monthly Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria

          17 August 2012

          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!  

          Fellowship meeting in Manchester

          06 August 2012

          Fellowship meeting at 19.00 in MadLab. Fellow Francis Southern will provide an introduction to Emacs - the original Free Software text editor powerhouse. All Fellows and non-Fellows are cordially invited to attend.  

          Monthly Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria

          20 July 2012

          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!  

          Richard Stallman gives a talk about "Copyright vs. Community" in Munich

          11 July 2012

          On July 11, Richard Stallman gives a talk talk about "Copyright vs. Community" at Campus Garching, Munich. Focus of this talk will be threats deriving from actual copyright law on scientific publishing. The event will take place in the "Rudolf-Diesel Hörsal MW 2001" of Campus Garching and starts at 6 PM.  

          Free Software, transparency, democracy

          11 July 2012

          More transparency in the heart of Europe: The European Parliament has built a software tool which lets the people working there track the development of proposals into laws. The Parliament is going to release this program, called AT4AM, as Free Software.

          At an event in the European Parliament, FSFE's President Karsten Gerloff will discuss what Free Software means for democracy. FSFE's General Counsel Carlo Piana will talk about choosing the right license for AT4AM.

          Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required in order to enter the Parliament building. The event is organised by the European Parliament Free Software User Group (EPFSUG), and hosted by MEP Marie-Christine Vergiat.  

            FSFE at Richard Stallman's talk in Dresden

            10 July 2012

            On July 10 a delegation from the FSFE Berlin office will be present at Richard Stallman's talk about "The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System" in Dresden. We are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible. The event will take place in room "INF E023" of the Faculty of Computer Science of the Technical University of Dresden and will start at 1.30 PM.  

            FSFE at RMLL 2012

            07 – 12 July 2012

            In July, FSFE will be at RMLL (Libre Software Meeting) the yearly non commercial conference with talks, workshops and round tables about Free Software and its uses. The RMLL goal is to provide a place for exchange between Free Software developers, users and stakeholders. For the first time, RMLL will be in Switzerland; at Geneva's Plainpalais. We're looking forward to meeting many of you!  

            PDF readers sprint at Akademy 2012

            04 July 2012

            On July 4th, FSFE Fellow Heiki "Repentinus" Ojasild will host a PDF readers sprint in Tallinn, Estonia, at Akademy 2012, the KDE summit. Everyone is invited to partake and help locate, remove, and replace advertisements for proprietary software on the websites of public bodies.

            The event is part of our effort to stop public bodies from restricting the users' freedom and unfairly distorting the competition in favour of certain proprietary software makers. As part of the event, participants will be introduced to finding offending sites, contacting offending sites, listing offending sites on our web site, and keeping track of responses to the memoranda to offenders.  

            Richard Stallman gives a talk about "Copyright vs. Community" in Camden, UK

            22 June 2012

            On June 22, Richard Stallman gives a talk about "Copyright vs. Community" at Forward company venue, Camden. Focus of this talk will be threats deriving from actual copyright law on scientific publishing. The event will take place at the Forward company venue, 19 Mandela Street, Floor 2, Centro 3, Camden, London from 14.00 to 16.00. Please, register in order to participate in the event.  

            Monthly Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria

            15 June 2012

            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!

            Monthly Fellowship meeting in Berlin, Germany

            14 June 2012

            Please note, that this month the Berlin Fellowship meeting will not be in the office but our friends at Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. have invited us to meet at their new office at Obentrautstr. 72, Berlin 10963. We're going to meet at 19:30. As usual, this invitation is for everyone interested in the FSFE or Free Software. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

            "An endangered species: computer as a universal machine", Konstanz, Germany

            11 June 2012

            Matthias Kirschner, Coordinator of the German team, will held a public lecture on June 11th, 2012, in the HTWG Hochschule Konstanz. Topic of the lecture will be "An endangered species: computer as a universal machine" and it deals with different aspects that endanger users Freedom in the digital era. The lecture will begin at 17:30 in the Thurgau-Saal in the library of the HTWG Konstanz. Admission is free.  

            UK Cabinet Office meeting in Manchester

            29 May 2012

            The Cabinet Office will consult businesses in the North West of England on the proposed changes to UK Open Standards policy, in MadLab Hackerspace, 15.30-17.30. UK Coordinator Sam Tuke will be participating.  

            Free Your Android talk given by Torsten Grote at LinuxTag Berlin

            26 May 2012

            Torsten Grote gives a talk about how to regain control of your Android device and your data by running (almost) exclusively Free Software on your phone at the LinuxTag Berlin, Saturday 26.05.2012, 10:30 am. Torsten Grote is a member of FSFE and initiator of FSFE's freeyourandroid.org campaign. LinuxTag Berlin is a Free Software conference and exhibition in Berlin.  

            FSFE Booth at Linuxtag, Berlin

            23 – 26 May 2012

            FSFE Fellows will run a booth at the LinuxTag event in Berlin. Information, merchandise, and a friendly chat will be available. The event will take place at "Messegelände unter dem Funkturm"  

            Panel discussion about Free Software at Treffpunkt WissensWerte in Berlin, Germany

            22 May 2012

            Matthias Kirschner, Coordinator of the German team, will represent the advantages of Free Software in a panel discussion at Treffpunkt WissenWerte in the Amerika-Haus Berlin. Participation is free of charge but limited by its size. Therefore, registration is requested. The panel discussion will be recorded by Inforadio (rbb) 93,1; broadcast is on 27 May at 9.22 a.m.  

            Monthly Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria

            18 May 2012

            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!

            Party with FSFE in Lisbon

            28 April 2012

            FSFE is holding its annual General Assembly in Lisbon this year, and we would love to party with you! Please join us on Saturday April 28 at for a relaxed evening of drinks and conversation.

            We will meet at 21:30 at Lisbon metro station Estação Baixa Chiado, exit Largo do Chiado. From there, we'll move to Galeria Zé dos Bois around 22:00.

            Further details and a map are available at the website of our associate organisation ANSOL.  

            Web Sprint (UK)

            21 – 22 April 2012

            The FSFE Web team will meet to work on FSFE's websites in Manchester, UK. Focus will be on consolidating the fsfe.org experience and campaign websites, and a slew of new improvements will be applied.

            Please notify the Web mailing list if you're attending.  

            Monthly Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria

            20 April 2012

            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!

            Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop 2012

            12 – 13 April 2012

            On April 12 and 13, FSFE will be organizing its fifth edition of Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop in Amsterdam, which brings together legal experts from all over the world to discuss the future of Free Software, its licenses and the best practices in the field.

            Berlin Fellowship meeting

            12 April 2012

            On Thursday, April 12th, at 19:30, the Berlin fellows will meet at the Berlin FSFE office (Linienstrasse 141) for a discussion on various Free Software topics. Come and join us!

            Berlin Fellowship meeting

            11 April 2012

            On Thursday, April 11th, at 19:30, the Berlin fellows will meet at the Berlin FSFE office (Linienstrasse 141) for a discussion on various Free Software topics. Come and join us!

            Sustainability festivals in Manchester and Leicester, UK

            31 March 2012

            FSFE Fellows have pioneered a link up between the Green Light and Chorlton Big Green festivals. There will be a Free Software talk and booth at each event and a live link up bringing environmentalists together via Free Software systems.

            Fellowship meeting in Manchester: JACK audio

            29 March 2012

            Fellowship meeting at 19.00 in MadLab. Bob Ham, GNU/Linux audio developer will give a talk about using the advanced JACK audio server. A report from Document Freedom Day will also be presented with followind discussion. All Fellows and non-Fellows are cordially invited to attend.  

            FSFE at the 11th "Augsburger Linux-Infotag"

            24 March 2012

            FSFE is present with an information and merchandise booth at the 10th "Linux-Infotag Augsburg". Further Björn Schießle will give a talk about the prospective challenges for Free Software. The event takes place on 24 March 2011 from 9:30 to 17:30 in the IT faculty of the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Admission is free. 

            Copyright business models - Round Table

            23 March 2012

            At Maastricht University's Faculty of Law, FSFE's President Karsten Gerloff will participate in a round table on "New Copyright Business Models in the Age of Filesharing". He will join Meir Pugatch, Senior Lecturer, University of Haifa; Director of Research, Stockholm Network; and Claudia Zuidema, deLex publishers, Amsterdam.

            The event will take place from 16:00 to 19:00 at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, Feestzal (C1.306).  

            Mailpod: Fellowship project meeting, Manchester

            22 March 2012

            Manchester Fellows will meet at Arcspace Community Centre to work on the Mailpod community hosting project, inspired by Fripost. The project aims to provide local community run Free Software based email hosting with strong privacy and security.

            FSFE at the Chemnitzer Linuxtage

            17 – 18 March 2012

            The "Chemnitz Linux Days" is a conference that deals with GNU/Linux and Free Software . It is open for everyone, novizes and experts alike. The FSFE will be present with a booth where you can inform yourself about our work and to get to know the people behind FSFE. In addition, Matthias Kirschner – Fellowship Coordinator and Coordinator of the German team – will give a talk about "Non-free software advertisement presented by your government" on Saturday, 17.03. at 16:30 in Raum V1.  

            Monthly Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria

            16 March 2012

            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!

            Berlin Fellowship meeting

            08 March 2012

            On Thursday, March 8th, at 19:30, the Berlin fellows will meet at the Berlin FSFE office (Linienstrasse 141) for a discussion on various Free Software topics. Come and join us!

            Fellowship Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany

            07 March 2012

            Wednesday, 7 March, the next Fellowship meeting in the Rhein/Main area will take place in the Hotel Sandelmühle, Frankfurt/Main. We will meet there around 20:00 h.  

            I love Free Software Day

            14 February 2012

            As every year for Valentine's Day, the FSFE is planning an online campaign to celebrate this day as an "I love Free Software" - Day. Our online campaign aims at rising awareness to Free Software and the passionate, hard-working people behind it. You can participate in our campaign from all over the world. Show them that you appreciate their work – it could make all the difference!  

            I love Free Software event in Essen

            14 February 2012

            This year on Valentine's Day, the FSFE organises an "I love Free Software" event at the Unperfekthaus in Essen. We would like to invite all supporters of Free Software to celebrate this day together with us. During the day, there will be workshops and talks concerning various topics about Free Software. In the evening there will be a live concert with four bands that are willing to play in support of Free Software. For more information have a look at our event-page.  

            Berlin Fellowship meeting

            09 February 2012

            On Thursday, February 9th, at 19:30, the Berlin fellows will meet at the Berlin FSFE office (Linienstrasse 141) for a discussion on various Free Software topics. Come and join us!

            FSFE at FOSDEM 2012

            04 – 05 February 2012

            On February 4 and 5, FSFE will be present at FOSDEM in ULB Campus Solbosch, Brussels, Belgium. Like every year, we're looking forward to many great meetings and discussions, and a very good time for all.  

            "Secure/Zensur Boot: Wer kontrolliert den Computer?", Berlin, Germany

            17 January 2012

            Today, on 17 January 2012, Matthias Kirschner - Fellowship Coordinator of FSFE - gives a talk about "Secure/Zensur Boot: Wer kontrolliert den Computer?". The presentation takes place in the c-base (Rungestrasse 20, 10179 Berlin), and is part of the "Netzpolitische Abend", hosted by the Digitale Gesellschaft - an interest organisation concerned about internet politics and pro digital civil rights. The speech is in German. Admission is free. Event begins at 20:00.