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Current events

"Public Money? Public Code!" (online)

17 – 18 September 2021

On Saturday, 18th September at 14:00 pm (CEST), Bonnie Mehring, FSFE's junior project manager, will present "Public Money? Public Code!: A campaign framework to promote software freedom" at the Kieler Open Source and Linux Days. The campaign framework of "Public Money? Public Code!" enables people all over Europe to promote software freedom in their local public administration. More than 200 organisations, and more than 31,000 individuals demand that publicly financed software should be made publicly available under Free Software licenses. Together we contacted politicians, decision makers, and civil servants on all levels -- from the European Union and national governments, to city mayors and the heads of public libraries about this demand. This did not just lead to important discussions about software freedom with decision makers, but also already to specific policy changes. Already, we have administrations from Spain, Sweden and Germany supporting "Public Money? Public Code!". In the talk, Bonnie Mehring will explain how the campaign framework can be used to push for the adoption of Free Software friendly policies in your area; be it your public administration, your library, your university, your city, your region, or your country. The event is free of charge and everybody is welcome to join. 

Past events

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online)

15 September 2021

On the 15th of September, the FSFE Netherlands will have another online localgroup meeting. The meeting will be from 20:00 until 21:00 CEST on the conference server. It is usually quite 'gezellig' and so most stay until 22:30, but you can leave whenever you see fit. The meeting is open for everybody, and we'll switch to English if not everybody understands Dutch. More information can be found on our localgroup wiki-page. At the meetings we abide by the FSFE Code of Conduct. To join the meeting please send an email to country coordinator Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code. 

Localgroup meeting of the FSFE Community Bonn in Bonn, Germany

13 September 2021

On Monday 13 September, at 7pm (CEST), the monthly meeting of the Bonn FSFE Fellowship will take place. The Bonn FSFE Community Meetings ("Fellowship Meetings") take place at 7pm on the second Monday of each month. The current meeting place is Dotty's at BTHV, Christian-Miesen-Straße 1, 53129 Bonn. The meetings are open to all who are interested in Free Software. This time Johannes will report about GNURadio. 

FSFE booth at the "Veganmania" in Vienna, Austria

27 – 29 August 2021

From Friday, the 27th of August, till Sunday, the 29th of August 2021, the annual Veganmania summer festival will be taking place again. The festival features many stalls with delicious street food and information stalls from NGOs. The Viennese FSFE volunteers team has long been taking part in the festivals and will also be happy to welcome you all back to this year's Veganmania. The Veganmania festival is visited by thousands of visitors with very diverse backgrounds and it welcomes everyone who is interested in a sustainable future. Entrance is free and there is no registration required, but in order to take part you will be asked for a recent negative Corona test or to be already fully vaccinated. 

Germany between Palim! Palim! and Zoom: Public Money? Public Code! in times of Corona, FrOSCon (online)

22 August 2021

On Sunday, 22 August at 10:00 a.m. (CEST), Alexander Sander, FSFE's Policy Consultant, will talk about the latest developments in the digitalisation of administrations and venture an outlook for the time after the federal elections. More and more administrations are following the principle "Public Money? Public Code!" and rely on Free Software. Last year, however, it became clear that there is still a long way to go. The lecture will examine what role the principle of Public Money? Public Code! principle played during the last year and what challenges we will face in the coming years. 

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online)

18 August 2021

On the 18st of August, the FSFE Netherlands will have another online localgroup meeting. The meeting will be from 20:00 until 21:00 CEST on the conference server. It is usually quite 'gezellig' and so most stay until 22:30, but you can leave whenever you see fit. The meeting is open for everybody, and we'll switch to English if not everybody understands Dutch. More information can be found on our localgroup wiki-page. At the meetings we abide by the FSFE Code of Conduct. To join the meeting please send an email to country coordinator Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code. 

FSFE Women monthly meeting (online)

22 July 2021

On July 22nd at 8:00 pm (CEST) the montly meeting of the FSFE women group will take place. The FSFE women group is open for all women* who are interested in Free Software and technology. The meetings are casual and provide an open space to discusse recent development in the area of Free Software as well as to focus on one specific topic. For the meeting on the 22nd Lina Ceballos and Bonnie Mehring will present FSFE's Public Money? Public Code! campaign and what the plans are with respect to the upcoming election campaign of the federal parlament in Germany. The meeting will take place online. 

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online) (online)

21 July 2021

On the 21st of June, the FSFE Netherlands will have another online localgroup meeting. The meeting will be from 20:00 until 21:00 CEST on the conference server. It is usually quite 'gezellig' and so most stay until 22:30, but you can leave whenever you see fit. The meeting is open for everybody, and we'll switch to English if not everybody understands Dutch. At the meetings we abide by the FSFE Code of Conduct. To join the meeting please send an email to country coordinator Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code.

How do we shape and grow a green tech sector? (online)

28 June 2021

The European Parliament's group Greens/EFA organise a series of roundtable discussions, to discuss questions at the heart of building a green and digital society. In the first round table "How can we shape and grow a green tech sector?" Erik Albers, our Programme Manager on Software Sustainability, will talk about the role software design plays in the environmental impact of digital technologies from hardware lifetime to architecture to energy consumption. 

Round Table on Cybersecurity, Human Rights and Digital Sovereignty (online)

23 June 2021

On 23 June, 14:15 CEST, Lucas Lasota, FSFE Deputy Legal Coordinator and an Research Associate at Humboldt University of Berlin, will moderate a discussion on cybersecurity, human rights, and digital sovereignty together with Katerina Yordanova and Elisabetta Biasin from the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law. Entrance is free but access is limited. The panel will be held in English. For enrollment, please send an email to sekretariat.zech(at)rewi.hu-berlin.de 

FSFE Women monthly meeting (online)

23 June 2021

On June 23rd at 7 pm (CEST) the montly meeting of the FSFE women group will take place. The FSFE women group is open for all women* who are interested in Free Software and technology. The meetings are casual and provide an open space to discusse recent development in the area of Free Software as well as to focus on one specific topic. For the meeting on the 23rd Irmhild Rogalla will talk about "Video conferencing platform for all. Aspects of accessiblity of video conferencing tools". The meeting will take place online.

Make licensing easier for everyone with REUSE at OW2con (online)

23 June 2021

At this presentation, FSFE's Max Mehl will introduce REUSE and its benefits for Free Software developers and users. Thanks to this initiative and its best practices, copyright and licensing has become much easier for everyone involved. The talk, held in English, will start at 15:45 CEST.

The presentation is part of OW2con, the annual conference of one of our associated organisations. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is recommended. Questions can be asked via the conference chat system. 

20 Years FSFE: The long way for software freedom (online)

19 June 2021

Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's President, presents "20 Years FSFE: The long way for software freedom" at the openSUSE Conference on Saturday 19th June, at 13:00 am (CEST). Since 2001 the FSFE has been working to empower users to control technology through activities as "Public Money? Public Code!", Router Freedom, Radio Equipment Directive, simple help with licensing, and Free Your Android. The talk will give a short overview of the work of the FSFE, with some examples from the areas of: public awareness, policy work and legal work on Free Software (Open Source). On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Free Software Foundation Europe, this talks helps you better understand the FSFE's work as an independent organisation and how to get involved. To attend the event registration is needed, but it is free of charge. 

"Public Money? Public Code!": A campaign framework to promote software freedom (online)

18 June 2021

On Friday, 18th June at 14:00 pm (CEST), Bonnie Mehring, FSFE's junior project manager, will present "Public Money? Public Code!: A campaign framework to promote software freedom" at the openSUSE Conference. The campaign framework of "Public Money? Public Code!" enables people all over Europe to promote software freedom in their local public administration. More than 200 organisations, and more than 29,000 individuals demand that publicly financed software should be made publicly available under Free Software licenses. Together we contacted politicians, decision makers, and civil servants on all levels -- from the European Union and national governments, to city mayors and the heads of public libraries about this demand. This did not just lead to important discussions about software freedom with decision makers, but also already to specific policy changes. Already, we have administrations from Spain, Sweden and Germany supporting "Public Money? Public Code!". In the talk, Bonnie Mehring will explain how the campaign framework can be used to push for the adoption of Free Software friendly policies in your area; be it your public administration, your library, your university, your city, your region, or your country. Registration for the event is needed, but it is free of charge. 

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online)

16 June 2021

On the 16th of June, the FSFE Netherlands will have another online localgroup meeting. The meeting will be from 20:00 until 21:00 CEST on the conference server. It is usually quite 'gezellig' and so most stay until 22:30, but you can leave whenever you see fit. The meeting is open for everybody, and we'll switch to English if not everybody understands Dutch. At the meetings we abide by the FSFE Code of Conduct. To join the meeting please send an email to country coordinator Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code.

Free Software, Router Freedom and Digital Rights at Impropedia Show (online)

04 June 2021

FSFE's Deputy Legal Coordinator, Lucas Lasota, will participate at the Impropedia show to talk about Free Software, Router Freedom, and Digital Rights. The event will be hosted by KuZe Potsdam and will be broadcasted by the KuZe's channel in YouTube. The language is English.

The talk will start 20:00 CEST. No registration in required. 

106. Netzpolitischer Abend (online)

01 June 2021

FSFE's Alexander Sander will give a presentation on the Public Money? Public Code! campaign and explain why there are now no excuses to implement the concept politically. The talk will be held in German and will take place on June 1 at 8pm. 

Digital Soverenity: How do we become independant with Free Software (online)

27 May 2021

On the 27 May the Green party Hamburg will organise a panel discussion about digital soverenity and how to become independant with Free Software. Matthias Kirschner will participate for the FSFE discussing what digital soverenity means, and what Hamburg can can do, and how Hamburg can support Free Software contributors and companies offering Free Software. No registration nor attendence fee is necessary to participate. The panel discussion will be in German. It will be recorded with Jitsi and live-streamed on YouTube. We will try to publish a recording on PeerTube afterwards as well. 

Bildungstreffen der Berliner Fellowship-Gruppe (online)

27 May 2021

On Thursday, May 27th at 19:30 (CEST), the Berlin Fellowship group will meet again for their regular the Edu meeting. Everyone is invited to discuss "Free Software and Education", share experiences and work on liberating knowledge and education in Berlin and beyond. As a speaker we invited Miriam from "Die Lernwerkstatt". In her short presentation Miriam will introduce the organization "Die Lernwerkstatt" and discuss digital learning with us. Miriam will focus on how digital learning can be designed and which platforms or techniques we could use for it. The meetings of the Berlin Fellowship group take place online. Everyone is welcome and no registration is necessary. 

Why Free Software and how to procure? (online)

26 May 2021

More and more public administrations are using Free Software (also known as Open Source). The benefits are obvious: digital sovereignty, tax savings, fostering innovation and much more. In this talk by FSFE's Alexander Sander you will learn why and how pubic administrations should use Free Software and how public administrations, economy and society can benefit from the use of Free Software. Current procurement models and an outlook for the coming years will be discussed. 

MERGE-it (online)

22 May 2021

MERGE-it is the online Italian conference that brings together different Italian organizations who take care of culture and digital freedom. It is a platform to get to know each other and to talk about their work on Free Software. The event will take place on the 22.05.2021 from 10:00 to 18:00, it's completely free and people do not need to register. The event start in the morning, from 10:00 to 13:00 (CEST), with an overview of the Italian Free Software communitie will be given by introducing the different organisations who take part in the event. In the afternoon, from 14:30 to 18:00 (CEST), there will be two sessions of three slots each with round tables, during which the communities will discuss different topics related to Free Software. Patrick Ohnewein, FSFE's Financial Officer and Deputy Coordinator for Italy, will participate together with Libreitalia and Developers Italia, in a round table about "Open Source in Public Administration" from 16:30 to 18:00 (CEST). The round table is open for the public and questions can be asked through the chat. Details of the conference will be available on the webpage on the day of the confernce. The whole event will be in Italian. 

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online)

19 May 2021

On the 19th of May, the FSFE Netherlands will have another localgroup meeting. Like last few times it will be held online, so that despite missing our regular physical meeting we keep in touch. The meeting will be from 20:00 until 21:00 CEST on the conference server. It is usually quite 'gezellig' and so most stay until 22:30, but you can leave whenever you see fit. The meeting is open for everybody, and we'll switch to English if not everybody understands Dutch. At the meetings we abide by the FSFE Code of Conduct. To join the meeting please send an email to country coordinator Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code.

European approaches towards a Sustainable Digitalization (online)

06 May 2021

In a Workshop we will address several question on how to engage civil society to work on EU level. How can civil society increase pressure on the EU and its member states to make digitalization more sustainable? How can an integrated agenda for sustainable digitalization carried by European civil society organizations look like? What could be joint activities? FSFE's Alexander Sander will talk about advocating on EU level.  

Open Education Day talk, Learning like the Pros (online)

24 April 2021

With a wide range of papers, workshops and short presentations, the Open Education Day-conference shares knowledge and experience on open source technologies, open content, media education and IT skills in the Swiss Curriculum 21. Ralf Hersel, Coordinator of the local FSFE Zurich group will give a presentation on Learning like the Pros in the Lightning Talk session at 15:05. Learning like the Pros informs about Digital Sovereignty, explains professional approaches and offers concrete suggestions. Free registration is required for Open Education Day. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 15, 2021. 

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online) in Online, Netherlands

21 April 2021

On April 21st, the FSFE Netherlands will have another localgroup meeting. Like the last few times it will be held online, so that despite of missing our regular physical meeting we keep in touch. The meeting will be from 20:00 to 21:00 CEST on the conference server. It is usually quite 'gezellig' and so most stay until 22:30, but you can leave whenever you see fit. The meeting is open for everybody, and we'll switch to English if not everybody understands Dutch. To join the meeting please send an email to country coordinator Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code.

"Digital Sovereignty in Europe - Free Software as the Key" - Lecture and discussion (online)

15 April 2021

For some years now, the term 'digital sovereignty' has been on everyone's lips and has become very elastic. In this discussion, Max Mehl, FSFE's programme manager, looks back at the origins: software, and how states and their citizens can use it in a self-determined way - because there is still a lot wrong with it. Max Mehl provides an overview of the most important contexts and discusses pragmatic possibilities based on existing examples to put public digital infrastructure on a modern footing.

The lecture will take place at 19:30 (CEST) at the invitation of Europe Direct Dortmund and can be attended online. No registration is required. 

Regular bi-weekly edu meeting fsfe group Berlin (online)

25 March 2021

On the 25th of March, at 19:30 (CET), the local FSFE Berlin group hosts one of their regular meetings. This time it is themed around "Free Software in the educational sector" (edu) meeting. Together they discuss the state of Free Software in the educational sector. The meeting is open for everybody and needs no registration. It will be held online

LibrePlanet talk: Public Money? Public Code! A campaign framework to promote software freedom (online)

21 March 2021

Matthias Kirschner will be delivering a talk, "Public Money? Public Code! A campaign framework to promote software freedom," on Sunday, 21 March 2021, from 16:05 CET to 16:50 CET, at the all-online LibrePlanet 2021 conference. LibrePlanet is a conference about software freedom, happening 20 to 21 March 2021. The event is hosted by our sister organisation, the Free Software Foundation (FSF), and brings together software developers, law and policy experts, activists, students, and computer users to learn skills, celebrate Free Software accomplishments, and face upcoming challenges. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2021 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels. Registration is required.  

REUSE: Simple steps to declare your copyright and licenses (online)

21 March 2021

Max Mehl, Programme Manager, will be giving a presentation about REUSE in "REUSE: Simple steps to declare your copyright and licenses" on Sunday, 21 March 2021, from 16:10 CET to 16:55 CET, at the LibrePlanet 2021 conference. In this presentation Max Mehl will talk about how Free Software licensing can be made easier with the REUSE initiative. Through software licensing developers are setting the conditions for the use and reuse of their code. In three easy steps, you can make sure that all files are labelled clearly. No matter how complex you project is, REUSE keeps you covered. With the additional documents and tools, you can increase the time you spend coding. Join the session to learn about the principles and see a live demo of how we make a project REUSE compliant. Registration for the LibrePlanet 2021 conference is required. 

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online)

17 March 2021

On the 17th of March, Dutch election day, the FSFE Netherlands will have another localgroup meeting. Like last few times it will be held online, so that despite missing our regular physical meeting we keep in touch. The meeting will be from 20:00 until 21:00 CET on the conference server. It is usually quite 'gezellig' and so most stay until 22:30, but you can leave whenever you see fit. The meeting is open for everybody, and we'll switch to English if not everybody understands Dutch. To join the meeting please send an email to country coordinator Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code.

20 years FSFE - The long road to software freedom (online)

13 – 14 March 2021

On Saturday, 13 March, at 12:00 pm (CET), Matthias Kirschner, President of FSFE, will speak at this year's Chemnitzer Linux Days about the work of the Free Software Foundation Europe. "Public Money? Public Code", router freedom, Radio Equipment Directive, easier help with licensing or "Free Your Android". These are some of the activities FSFE has been doing since 2001 in order to enable people to use technology in a self-determined way. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Free Software Foundation Europe, Kirschner gives an insight into the way the FSFE works, using concrete examples from the areas of public relations, policy work and legal actions, and presents possibilities for cooperation. It is no registration required. 

»Public Money? Public Code!« (online)

13 – 14 March 2021

On Sunday, 14 March, at 2:00 pm (CET) Bonnie Mehring will holde a talk at this years Chemnitzer Linux Days about the longstanding campaign "Public Money? Public Code!". She will explain how the campaign framework can be used to push for the adoption of Free Software friendly policies on a local level.

With "Public Money? Public Code" more than 200 organisations, and more than 29,000 individuals demand that publicly financed software should be made publicly available under Free Software licenses. Together we contacted politicians, decision makers, and civil servants on all levels -- from the European Union and national governments, to city mayors and the heads of public libraries about this demand. This did not just lead to important discussions about software freedom with decision makers, but also already to specific policy changes. Already, we have administrations from Spain, Sweden and Germany supporting “Public Money? Public Code!”. It is no registration required. 

"Free Software development: Freestyle, Duty or Burden for the Administration?" (online)

17 February 2021

On 17 February 10:30 to 12:00 CET, Matthias Kirschner will participate in a panel discussion about opportunities, hurdles with and incentives for Free Software in the public administration. The panel is part of the event "digital state online", focusing on topics like digital administration, digital society and digital sovereignty. Patron of the event is the German Federal Chancellor's Office. 

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online)

17 February 2021

On the 17th of Februari the FSFE Netherlands will have another localgroup meeting. Like last few times it will be held online, so that despite missing our regular physical meeting we keep in touch. The meeting will be from 20:00 until 21:00 CET on the conference server. It is usually quite 'gezellig' and so most stay until 22:30, but you can leave whenever you see fit. The meeting is open for everybody, and we'll switch to English if not everybody understands Dutch. To join the meeting please send an email to country coordinator Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code.

Wikipedia Weekly Network - LIVE Wikidata editing #31 #ilovefs (online)

14 February 2021

Wikidata users Ainali and Abbe98 are doing some live editing on Wikidata (in English), and discuss their thought process of what they are doing and why they do it. In this episode, since it is I Love Free Software Day​, they will both look at Free Software already described in Wikidata and also how you can add more to Wikidata. You need no prior knowledge of Wikidata to follow along in this episode. Sunday, February 14, 19.00 UTC.
 

Fellowship-Treffen Berlin (online)

14 February 2021

On Sunday, February 14, 2021, the annual "I Love Free Software" day (possibly also known as "Ick lieb' dir, Freie Software" day ;-) will take place! This international day is celebrated every year to thank all the hardworking people who sacrifice their time for us so that we can use cool Free Software. This time we would like to give you the opportunity to present a piece of Free Software that you find useful, beautiful, quirky, special or otherwise interesting. You can find all the details on the event page. We will meet online, on Sunday the 14.02.2021 at 15:00. 

FSFE with booth, talks and dev room at FOSDEM

06 – 07 February 2021

The FSFE will be present at FOSDEM, the biggest annual Free Software happening in Europe. While FOSDEM normally takes place in Brussels, this year it will happen online. Max Mehl gives a talk about the "Best practices for declaring copyright and licenses" and Lucas Lasota will speak about "Net Neutrality and Free Software: The Case of Router Freedom in Europe". The FSFE will also be present with a digital booth that you can visit to talk with people.

Apart from the digital booth, for the first time the FSFE will co-organise the Legal and Policy Issues Devroom at FOSDEM. We will also continue with our traditional pre-FOSDEM meeting the day before FOSDEM. This is our community get-together which will be kicked-off with a keynote by Cory Doctorow. 

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online)

20 January 2021

On the 20th of January the FSFE Netherlands will have another localgroup meeting. Like last few times it will be held online, so that despite missing our regular physical meeting we keep in touch. The meeting will be from 20:00 until 21:00 CET on the conference server. It is usually quite 'gezellig' and so most stay until 22:30, but you can leave whenever you see fit. The meeting is open for everybody, and we'll switch to English if not everybody understands Dutch. To join the meeting please send an email to country coordinator Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code.

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online)

23 December 2020

On the 23th of December, at 20:00 (CET) o'clock, the FSFE Netherlands will have their localgroup meeting. Like last time it will be online, so that despite missing our regular physical meeting we keep in touch. The meeting starts at 20:00 until 21:00 (CET) o'clock on the conference server. It is usually quite 'gezellig' and so most of us stay until 22:30, but you can leave whenever you see fit. The meeting is open for everybody, and we'll switch to English if not everybody understands Dutch. To join the meeting please send an email to country coordinator Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org) and he will send you the meeting link and access code.

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online) (online)

23 November 2020

On the 23th of November the FSFE Netherlands will have another localgroup meeting. Like last time it will be held online, so that despite missing our regular physical meeting we keep in touch. The meeting will be from 20:00 until 21:00 CET on the conference server. Last time is was very 'gezellig' and so most stayed until 22:30, but that is optional of course. The meeting is open for everybody. To join the meeting please send an email to Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code. We intend to have a sneak preview of the translated Public Money? Public Code! video before release.

The long road to software freedom: What can you do?, online, Germany

22 November 2020

On 22 November, at 10:00am (CET), Matthias Kirschner, President of FSFE, will speak at this year's KNF Congress about the work of the Free Software Foundation Europe. "Public Money? Public Code", router freedom, Radio Equipment Directive, easier help with licensing or "Free Your Android". These are some of the activities FSFE has been doing since 2001 in order to enable people to use technology in a self-determined way. Using concrete examples from the areas of public relations, policy work and legal actions on Free Software, Kirschner gives an insight into the way the FSFE works and presents possibilities for cooperation. Registration is required for the KNF Congress, but it is free. 

FSFE booth and FSFE BNL meeting at the Dutch LUG meeting in Utrecht, Netherlands

21 November 2020

FSFE BNL (Belgium/The Netherlands/Luxemburg) will meet and be present with a booth at the meeting of the Dutch Linux User Group (LUG) NLLGG in Utrecht. If you are interested in Free Software and the FSFE, pass by and get to know the people from the community and our work. Besides the booth there will be the BNL meeting from 16:00 to 17:00. The address of the venue is: Kranenburg Praktijkonderwijs, Tamboersdijk 9, 3582 TZ, Utrecht, the Netherlands.  

FOSSCOMM 2020: Public Money? Public Code! during Corona - What role did Free Software play during the crisis? (online)

21 November 2020

On the 21st of November, at 12:00 (CET), Alexander Sander, FSFE's Policy Manager, will give a talk at the FOSSCOMM 2020. In a time when humanity needs to work together to find solutions for a crisis, we cannot afford to reinvent the wheel again and again. Global problems need global solutions! It is Free Software that enables global cooperation for code development. In this talk Alexander Sander will look at the role of Free Software during the pandemic and how governments reacted. There is no registration needed, but in case you want to stay informed you can register here

OSSEU2020: Public Money? Public Code! – What Role does Free Software Play after the Corona Crisis? online, Ireland

28 October 2020

In a time when humanity needs to work together to find solutions for a crisis, we cannot afford to reinvent the wheel again and again for software that helps us tackle the spread of COVID-19. Global problems need global solutions! It is Free Software that enables global cooperation for code development. During the crisis we have seen a lot of Free Software and projects trying to tackle the crisis like tracing apps, hackathons or solutions for remote working - but what will happen after the crisis?

Already before this crisis hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of people demanded that publicly financed software developed for the public sector must be made publicly available under Free Software licenses.

On Wednesday, 28.10.2020, at 17:15 our Policy Manager Alexander Sander will talk about the advantages of using Free Software in the public sector, about the learnings from the corona crisis and why it is now even more important to use Free Software than ever before. 

FSFE Netherlands online get-together (online)

28 October 2020

On the 28th October the FSFE Netherlands will have their localgroup meeting. This time it will be held online, so that despite missing our regular physical meeting we keep in touch. The meeting will be from 20:00 until 21:00 CET on the conference server. The meeting will be open for everybody. To join the meeting please send an email to Nico Rikken (nico[dot]rikken[at]fsfe[dot]org), he will send you the meeting link and access code.

Distance learning: when Free Software becomes a necessity, online, in Italy

25 October 2020

Digital technologies, and in particular information technologies, have become an integral part of our lives. With the spread of SARS-CoV-2, more people have adopted remote working methods and have become aware of the necessity of knowledge transmission through social technologies. Schools, universities, and all institutions in the education sector are no exception. Teachers, parents, and students are among the first to have experienced the effects of the increasing need to use information tech.

In this talk, Francesco Bonanno and Giuseppe Lipari will discuss the fundamental role of Free Software in today's education system. This talk will take place on the 25th October, at 16:00 (CEST), no registration needed. 

Global problems need global solutions!, online, Deutschland

16 October 2020

Our Policy Manager Alexander Sander will give a talk at the "openSUSE + LibreOffice Virtual Conference" (oSLO). On Friday, the 16. October 2020, at 16:30, Alexander Sander will talk about the advantages of using Free Software in the public sector, about the learnings from the corona crisis and why it is now even more important to use Free Software than ever before. In times when humanity needs to work together to find solutions for a crisis, we cannot afford to spend our time on reinventing the wheel. Global problems need global solutions! Free Software solutions developed in one country can be reused and adapted in another one. Publicly financed software developed for the public sector must be made publicly available under Free Software licences. 

Panel: How to organize local Free Software groups, online, United States of America

09 October 2020

On Friday, 9.October, at 21:00 (CEST), our Junior Project manager and Translators coordinator Bonnie Mehring joins the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) 35th Birthday celebrations. Together with other local Free Software Group coordinators, Mehring will discuss how to organize and work with local groups. You are welcome to join in and discuss with people from the Free Software community about how to involve and coordinate local groups in the Free Software movement. No registration needed. 

SFK2020 - Public Money, Public Code in Prishtina, online

27 September 2020

In this keynote Alexander Sander, FSFE's EU Public Policy Manager, will provide a brief overview of the Free Software Foundation Europe’s (FSFE) previous and ongoing activities to foster software freedom in Europe, on the levels of politics, legal work with enterprises, and general public awareness. The keynote will take place online on the 27th of September, at 17:00 pm, and registration is free. 

esLibre 2020: Public Money Public Code – Global problems need global solutions! online, Spain

18 September 2020

At the esLibre 2020 conference the FSFE's Policy Manager Alexander Sander will talk about the advantages of using Free Software in the public sector, as well as about the learnings from the corona crisis and why it is now even more important to use Free Software than ever before. In times when humanity needs to work together to find solutions for a crisis, we cannot afford to spend our time on reinventing the wheel. Global problems need global solutions! Free Software solutions developed in one country can be reused and adapted in another one. Publicly financed software developed for the public sector must be made publicly available under Free Software licences. The talk will take place on Friday, the 18. September, at 17:30. 

State of the Source - Lightning Talk "Public Money Public Code – Global problems need global solutions!" online, United States of America

10 September 2020

The State of the Source Summit invites Free Software communities from around the world to organize and contribute to a global conversation on the current state of Free Software: non-technical issues that foster development and community, the licenses that enable collaboration, the practices that promote contribution, and the issues confronting cooperation.

Alexander Sander will present a Lightning Talk on "Public Money? Public Code! – Global problems need global solutions!" and explain FSFE's 'Public Money? Public Code!' campaign with regard to the Corona-Crisis and why Free Software is now even more important than ever before. The Lightning Talk session will start at 14:00 (CEST). 

Panel discussion: "Engineering Trust: Can technology help building trust?" in Berlin, Germany

24 – 28 August 2020

On 28 August the FSFE's president, Matthias Kirschner, will participate in a panel discussion during the Prototype Fund's demo week. The 21 projects of the Prototype Fund's 7th funding round "Engineering Trust - Building Trust" have spent the last six months tinkering, developing, testing, discarding, adapting and finally producing a Free Software prototype. They will present the results of their work during the demo week, an online event taking place from 24 to 28 August. During this week each project will be presented to the public. Furthermore, an opening and a closing event will be held on Monday and Friday, which can be watched in a live stream. On Friday 28 August from 19:10 to 19:40 CEST, Matthias Kirschner will join a panel with Ann Cathrin Riedel and Michael Weber (Ministry of Education and Research) to discuss if technology can help building trust. The discussion will be in German. 

FrOSCon talk: the core values of software freedom in Bonn, Germany

23 August 2020

Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE, will talk about "The core values of software freedom" (in German) at FrOSCon. This year the event will take place remotely. Kirschner will argue that the core values of our movement are that everybody, no matter what background, can use the software for every purpose without discrimination. That everybody is allowed to study how software works. That you are always allowed to share your software with others, either to help other human beings or to make money. And that no individual, organisation or government should be forced to change their behaviour because of the software. Instead, according to our principles, they should be allowed to adapt and thereby improve the software for themselves and others. The talk and discussion will take place from 10:00 - 11:00 CEST. 

forum digital: Alles Open - oder was? in Berlin, Germany

18 June 2020

In the "Digitalcharta Innovationsplattform: D" adopted by the Federal Executive Committee of the CDU, distributed systems and open interfaces are to describe the path to the digital future. The paradigm used is Open-X.

The podium with FSFE Policy Manager Alexander Sander, an author of the Digital Charter and actors of the Open Community and of administrative modernization explains and discusses the idea of Open-X and examples such as Open Data, Open Source, open standards and interfaces. The event will be streamed on www.kas.de. 

Shaping the Future of the Internet with Free Software in Madrid, Spain

18 June 2020

Lucas Lasota, FSFE's Deputy Legal Coordinator, will talk at OpenExpo Europe about how Free Software is essential for the future of the Internet. In particular how REUSE can help everybody to have copyright and licensing information properly displayed. The talk will be held online. The language is English and the registration is free.  

Upcoming Challenges in Artificial Intelligence Research and Development in Paris, France

17 June 2020

Artificial Intelligence is now smarter than ever, showing human-like abilities at complex tasks such as images classification or natural language processing.

But despite its recent advances, it's still not a silver bullet. This talk will present a few challenges in the research and development of artificial intelligence that slow down its progress and adoption. In particular, problems around fairness, the training of models and how to share them will be introduced as well as possible Free Software solutions. 

OW2online'20 in Paris, France

17 – 18 June 2020

Gabriel Ku Wei Bin, FSFE's Legal Coordinator, will give a talk at the OW2online'20 conference, at 12:20 pm, 18 June, about the work we are doing with the European Commission's Next Generation Internet Initiative. OW2online'20 is 2020's edition of the OW2Community Day, held remotely due to COVID-19 measures. This conference brings together experts from around the world who focus on open source software and its role in modern corporate information systems.  

An introduction to Free Software

16 June 2020

Björn Schießle, FSFE's Germany coordinator, will give a talk about Free Software at the HDM Stuttgart, Germany. Originally planned as a lecture, the talk was moved to a webinar open for everyone to join. The webinar takes place on June 16 at 5:00pm. The talk will be given in German. The link to the webinar will be published on the webpage of the organizer roughly 30 minutes beforehand. 

FSFE BNL online meeting

16 May 2020

As FSFE BNL (Belgium/The Netherlands/Luxemburg) cannot meet physically as we are used to, an online meeting will be held next Saturday 16th of May. The BNL meeting will start at 16:00 and is intended to end at 17:00. The meeting URL will be provided on the BNL mailinglist.

CANCELLED: Digitale Souveränität und Modernisierung der öffentlichen Verwaltung in Berlin, Germany

04 May 2020

On 4 May 2020, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) invites to the event "Digital Sovereignty and Modernisation of Public Administration". During the event we want to present successful Free Software projects in public administration from a provider perspective (morning) as well as discuss the administrations' view on Free Software projects (afternoon). The breaks will be used to give interested people the opportunity to talk to each other in the context of an exhibition. Participation in the event is free, but registration is welcome.

ATTENTION: This event has been canceled to help slowing down the spreading of COVID-19 virus. 

CANCELLED: Maker Fair 2020 in Berlin, Deutschland

18 – 19 April 2020

IT-tinkering is only possible with Free Software, that's why the FSFE local group Berlin is going to be present with an information and merchandise booth at the Maker Fair in Berlin. The Maker Fair is a get-together of makers and visitors interested in various DIY-ideas. At the FSFE’s booth, visitors can inform themselves about Raspberry Pi as a computer for standard applications especially suitable for education, about how to ‘free’ Android-Smartphones and about email-encryption with Free Software.

ATTENTION: This event has been cancelled to help slowing down the spreading of COVID-19. 

CANCELLED: Spreading the word for REUSE at FOSS North in Gothenburg, Sweden

29 March – 01 April 2020

Gabriel Ku Wei Bin, the FSFE's Legal Coordinator, will give a talk at FOSS North. Gabriel will speak about REUSE, as well as the impact that REUSE has had on software projects participating in the Next Generation Internet Zero initiative, to which the FSFE contributes its free software licensing expertise. FOSS North is a conference that serves as a meeting place for the Nordic FOSS communities. The event will take place between 29th of March and 1st of April in Chalmers Conference Centre, in Gothenburg. Tickets are available on the FOSS North website until the day before the event starts.

ATTENTION: Our participation has been cancelled to help slowing down the spreading of COVID-19. 

CANCELLED: Will there be a Router Freedom in Europe? in Berlin, Germany

24 March 2020

Lucas Lasota, FSFE's Deputy Legal Coordinator, will present a talk about the future of Router Freedom in Europe at the Weizenbaum
Institut, the "German Internet Institute". The implementation of Router Freedom rules in Europe has followed diverse paths among countries and has been confronted by several challenges, ranging from business interests, legal hurdles and political pressure. The talk aims to raise awareness for Router Freedom and to understand the impact of future developments over civil society. It will take place on 24 March at 14:30 in room A104/105 of the Weizenbaum-Institut, Hardenbergstraße 32, 10623 Berlin. The entrance is free.

ATTENTION: This event has been canceled to help slowing down the spreading of COVID-19 virus. 

CANCELLED: FSFE booth and FSFE BNL meeting at the Dutch LUG meeting in Utrecht, Netherlands

21 March 2020

FSFE BNL (Belgium/The Netherlands/Luxemburg) will meet and be present with a booth at the meeting of the Dutch Linux User Group (LUG) NLLGG in Utrecht. If you are interested in Free Software and the FSFE, pass by and get to know the people from the community and our work. We will be there from 10.00 o'clock to 17.00 o'clock. The booth will be there from 10.00 o'clock to 15.30 o'clock and the BNL meeting is from 16.00 to 17.00 o'clock. The address of the venue is: Kranenburg Praktijkonderwijs, Tamboersdijk 9, 3582 TZ, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

ATTENTION: This event has been canceled to help slowing down the spreading of COVID-19 virus. 

CANCELED: The FSFE with a booth at Chemnitzer Linuxtage in Chemnitz, Germany

14 – 15 March 2020

The FSFE will be present with a booth at one the meanwhile biggest GNU/Linux conferences in Germany, the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage. Bonnie Mehring and her team are looking forward to speak with you about FSFE and our current projects. Of course, we also have the latest promotion material and merchandise with us.

ATTENTION: This event has been canceled to help slowing down the spreading of COVID-19 virus. 

CANCELED: Public Money? Public Code! talk at Libre Planet in Boston, United States of America

14 – 15 March 2020

Libre Planet is a conference organized annually by the Free Software Foundation in or around Boston, Massachusetts. This year Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE, will join the conference and talk about "Public Money? Public Code! A campaign framework to promote software freedom". In his talk he will explain how the campaign framework can be used to push for the adoption of free software-friendly policies in your area.

ATTENTION: This event has been canceled to help slowing down the spreading of COVID-19 virus. 

The core values of software freedom in Berlin, Germany

06 March 2020

Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE, gives a keynote about "The core values of software freedom" at FOSS Backstage, a conference about governance, collaboration, legal and economic aspects of Free Software. Kirschner will argue that the core values of our movement are that everybody, no matter what background, can use the software for every purpose without discrimination.  

Winterkongress Digitale Gesellschaft in Zurich, Switzerland

22 February 2020

The "Winterkongress der Digitalen Gesellschaft" is an annual meeting about the digital society in Switzerland. On Saturday, 22 February, hackers, programmers, activists and other interested parties will meet for the third time in Zurich to exchange views on information technology and its effects on our society.

The FSFE will be present with two talks: our president Matthias Kirschner will talk about the "Ethics of Free Software", while Max Mehl, Programme Manager, will give a presentation about why there is "No IT security without Free Software". Additionally, many members of the FSFE's Switzerland team will attend. The event will take place in the "Rote Fabrik", admission fee is 30 CHF. 

DefensiveCon v02 in Berlin, Germany

07 – 08 February 2020

The digital services offered and used by our public administrations are the critical infrastructure of democratic states in the 21st century. To establish trustworthy systems, public authorities must ensure that they have full control over the software and computer systems at the core of our government digital infrastructure. But at the moment this is rarely the case due to restrictive software licenses.

In his presentation our Policy Manager Alexander Sander explain the status quo and how it can be changed. From the EU Commission's Bug Bounty Program to the CDU's party conference resolution on the use of Free Software. He will explain what we can expect in the coming years and what we have to keep in mind when using Free Software. 

Madrid Local group meeting in Madrid, Spain

04 February 2020

FSFE's local group meeting in Madrid city. We'll meet in Medialab-Prado, Alameda street 15, Pza. de las Letras. Lab 0/Lab 1.

FOSDEM 2020, Brussels, Belgium

01 – 02 February 2020

FOSDEM, Europe's largest Free Software conference, takes place on February 1 and 2 at Campus Solbosch of Free University Brussels (ULB). The FSFE will be present with multiple talks: Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE, gives a talk about "The core values of software freedom" and a lightning talk about "Civil society needs Free Software hackers". Max Mehl, Programme Manager of the FSFE, talks about REUSE in "Go REUSE to license your code" and the FSFE's Deputy Coordinator France, Vincent Lequertier, talks about "Putting Artificial Intelligence back into people's hands".

As usual, FSFE is also present with a booth and presents latest news from our work, a wide range of information material, stickers, and postcards, and of course the latest FSFE fashion. This time, FSFE's booth is in the second level of building K, upstairs from where it was in the previous years. On Saturday night we invite you to come together after FOSDEM to have a social evening with our community. The location will be announced at the booth the very same day. Pass by and find out. Looking forward meeting you! 

    Pre-FOSDEM Community Meeting 2020 in Brussels, Belgium

    31 January 2020

    The Free Software Foundation Europe will bring together the key Free Software groups of Europe a day before the FOSDEM event, in order to network and get an overview about activities of Free Software groups from all over Europe.

    The Pre-FOSDEM Event will be held on 31 January 2020, 13:30 to 19:00 at MundoB, Edinburgh Street 26, in Brussels. It is for free but we would be happy if you could register.

    You can register here: https://registration.fsfe.org/Pre-FOSDEM-2020 

    The REUSE project in Merano, Italy

    21 January 2020

    The Free Software community will meet at 20:00 at the Mexican Restaurant Da Carlos Harmonie, via Matteotti 11, 39012 Merano BZ, Italy, for dinner and to have a discussion round about the REUSE project.

    No registration needed, if you can announce your attendance writing an e-mail to patrick@fsfe.org we will reserve a big enough table.

    FSFE booth at NLLGG meeting in Utrecht, Netherlands

    18 January 2020

    The FSFE will be present with a booth at the NLLGG meeting in Utrecht. If you are interested in Free Software and he FSFE, pass by and get to know the people from our community and our work. We will be there from 10.00 to 16.00 o'clock. The address is: Kranenburg Praktijkonderwijs, Tamboersdijk 9, 3582 TZ Utrecht, The Netherlands. We're looking forward to have a chat with you about Free Software. 

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