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The Software Heritage intiative: A comprehensive archive of Free Software code

30 June 2016:

The Free Software Foundation Europe protects users, companies and institutions from technological abuse by promoting the use of Free Software. Now there is a project that protects the code used in Free Software itself and promised to preserve it for the future: Inria presents the Software Heritage initiative.

FSFE's answers to the European Commission's Public Consultation: Revision of the European Interoperability Framework

24 June 2016:

The European Commission is asking for public input with regard to its plans to renew the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). The EIF aims to promote enhanced interoperability in the EU public sector. The document, originally intended as a set of non-binding guidelines for the EU public administration, is going through its third revision since its initial adoption in 2004. The FSFE has prepared its comments for the draft of the revised guidelines.

And the winner of the election for FSFE's Fellowship GA seat is ...

02 May 2016:

… Mirko Boehm! The election period for this year's Fellowship GA seat has ended on April 29, 2016. There was just one candidate running for the Fellowship GA seat this time. The more we are happy that still 18,9% of our Fellows took their chance to support Mirko Boehm in running for the seat.

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.

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Fellowship Meeting Rhine/Main - Talk: The long way to empower people to control technology

06 July 2016

On Wednesday, 6 July, the Fellowship group Rhein/Main will meet in "Zentrale Coworking" in Frankfurt to attend a talk by FSFE's president Matthias Kirschner titled "The long way to empower people to control technology". We will meet there around 19:00 h, the talk will start at 19:30.

Socializing Sunday 2016 in Wenen, Oostenrijk

31 July 2016

De Socializing Sunday zal gelegenheid bieden om zich buiten de werkkring of het helpen in de kraam te leren kennen. Zo is er geen agenda, zijn er geen doelen die bereikt moeten worden en natuurlijk geen formaliteiten! Iedereen die zich aan de FSFE en/of de Fellowship verbonden voelt is uitgenodigd. We zouden in het bijzonder blij zijn met familie en vrienden van Fellows.

FSFE Summit in Berlin, Germany

02 to 04 September 2016

As part of QtCon 2016, taking place at the bcc in Berlin, the FSFE will organise a summit where the Free Software community can come together to network, strategise, bootstrap work and learn together.

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