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News Archive for 2016

Report of the first ever FSFE summit

13 December 2016

From September 2nd to 4th, the FSFE organised its first ever summit to bring together our pan-European community and Fellows for a whole weekend and to discuss contemporary and important issues regarding software freedom. On this occasion we also held our official party to celebrate 15 years of FSFE. Read our report including some pictures of the event and find a summary with all talks that have been held with links to our video-recordings. 

[Newsletter] FSFE news in December 2016

12 December 2016

This month the FSFE newsletter comes for the first time with a call to raise our funds and progress in Russia to further Free Software on political level. Also read about our various activities or participate in our discussion about "Free Software business". As in every newsletter, you also find our out-of-the-community section with interesting news from our community and some good Free Software news from around the world. 

Aiutaci ora a crescere e a fare la differenza nel 2017

02 December 2016

Quest'anno FSFE celebra il suo 15° compleanno. 15 anni di sostegno agli utenti, di supporto alle comunità e di impegno per una legislazione migliore. 15 anni per vedere che tutte le attività, perfino quelle considerate a suo tempo piccole, possono diventare grandi quando lavoriamo assieme. 15 anni per vedere che tutte le attività, perfino se considerate a suo tempo impossibili, possono avere successo quando restiamo uniti. Insieme abbiamo avuto successo perfino contro le più potenti lobby di vasti gruppi di interessi. 15 anni per comprendere che tutto questo non sarebbe stato possibile senza il supporto continuo della nostra comunità, che ha contribuito con migliaia di ore del proprio lavoro e che ci ha sostenuto anche finanziariamente. Aiutaci ora a crescere e a fare la differenza nel 2017. 

[Blog] There is no Free Software company - But!

16 November 2016

Since the start of the FSFE 15 years ago, the people involved were certain that companies are a crucial part to reach our goal of software freedom. For many years we have explained to companies – IT as well as non-IT – what benefits they have from Free Software. We encourage individuals and companies to pay for Free Software, as much as we encourage companies to use Free Software in their offers. While more people demanded Free Software, we also saw more companies claiming something is Free Software or Open Source Software although it is not. 

[Newsletter] FSFE news in November 2016

10 November 2016

This month the FSFE newsletter comes with a public consultation on our Fellowship brand. Read the background and do not miss your chance to participate. Also read about the take-over of FSFE's Vice-presidency by Heiki Löhmus and the ongoing revision of the European Interoperability Framework. As in every newsletter, you also find our out-of-the-community as well as a what-we-have-done section with some good Free Software news and highlights of our press coverage. 

[Blog] OpenRheinRuhr 2016 report

10 November 2016

Last weekend, the FSFE visited Oberhausen to participate in OpenRheinRuhr, a well-known Free Software event in north-western Germany. We had a strong booth team, gave talks, and enjoyed talking to tons of like-minded people about politics, technology and other stuff. In this blog post you will learn about some highlights of the weekend and what coat hangers have to do with flat irons.  

Call for sessions at the FSFE assembly during 33C3

20 October 2016

From December 27 to 30, the FSFE will host an assembly during the 33rd Chaos Communication Congress (33C3) including an information booth, self-organised sessions and a meeting point for all friends of Free Software to come together, share or simply relax. We are looking forward to organise sessions in the name of our assembly and we will book proper rooms or offer our assembly itself. Sessions can be inspiring talks, hands-on workshops, community/developer/strategy meetings or any other public, informative or collaborative activity.

Topics can be anything that is about or related to Free Software. We welcome technical sessions but we also encourage to give non-technical talks that address philosophical, economical or other aspects of/about Free Software. We also like sessions about related subjects that have a clear connection to Free Software for example privacy, data protection, sustainability and similar topics. Finally, we welcome all backgrounds – from your private project to global community projects. If you are interested, read more about our call for participation. 

Open internship position as a technical intern

30 September 2016 – Jonas Öberg

FSFE is a charity dedicated to empowering users to control technology. We are working to build freedom in digital society. We operate in a lively environment with volunteers from many countries. We are looking for a technical intern to join our team for three months, taking part in the work to rewrite and implement a new account management system. 

EU copyright proposal reinforces DRM

28 September 2016

On 14 September the European Commission (EC) published its long-awaited proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. While we welcome the proposal to introduce a mandatory exception for 'text and data mining' (TDM) in the field of scientific research, we are concerned about the inclusion of a far-reaching "technical safeguards" clause granted to rightholders in order to limit the newly established exception. 

In Memory of our Friend Elias Diem

09 August 2016

In the afternoon of Saturday 6 August, our friend and active Fellow Elias Diem passed away. He was on his way back home from a hiking trip with a friend in the Swiss alps. He slipped and fell about 150 meters. His friend tried to rescue him, but it was too late. He died of a heavy head injury at the age of 39. 

    Compulsory Routers: what customers have to take care of now

    25 July 2016

    Up until now, Internet service providers (ISPs) in Germany determined the router users had to use to connect to the Internet. The user had no say in this decision. This changes on August 1. A new law will allow users choose the device that gets installed in their homes. The FSFE wants to ensure everybody knows about their new rights and is asking users to report cases in which ISPs try to avoid the new regulation. 

    Registration open: Be part of the first FSFE summit from September 2nd - 4th in BCC Berlin, Germany

    01 July 2016

    Imagine a European Union that builds its IT infrastructure on Free Software. Imagine European Member States that exchange information in Open Standards and share their software. Imagine municipalities and city councils that benefit from decentralized and collaborative software under free licenses. Imagine no European is any longer forced to use non-Free Software... This is what we are seeking. And although this vision feels like a long road to go, we know that we are taking major steps along it today. To help unlock our full potential on this road, FSFE offers cross-border collaboration and in 2016 its first European summit. Join us and our movement. 

    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

    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. 

    FSFE's work in 2015

    24 February 2016 – Jonas Öberg

    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. 

    I love Free Software Day 2016

    08 February 2016

    It's time to say "thank you" on 14th of February, the "I love Free Software" Day 2016. The Free Software Foundation Europe asks all Free Software users to use the traditional day of love to think of the hardworking people contributing to the Free Software we all depend on. As every year there are many ways for people to participate in this online campaign which has first been celebrated five years ago. 

    Document Freedom Day in procinto di trasferirsi nelle mani della Digital Freedom Foundation

    26 January 2016

    Nel 2016, la Free Software Foundation Europe è lieta di passare l'organizzazione del Document Freedom Day alla Digital Freedom Foundation. Il Document Freedom Day è la campagna globale per la liberazione documentale e la consapevolezza degli Standard Aperti con eventi seguiti in tutto il mondo. La Digital Freedom Foundation e già nota per organizzare il Software Freedom Day, la giornata internazionale per celebrare il Software Libero.