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News Archive for 2018

The FSFE needs you to continue spreading software freedom in Europe!

05 December 2018

Since 2001 the Free Software Foundation Europe empowers software users to exert control over the technology that is so deeply involved in every aspect of our lives today. As a non-profit organisation, our work is backed by the continuous and generous contributions of our supporters. From public campaigns to policy monitoring, from removing legal barriers to helping organisations in understanding how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination, our supporters have helped to finance our work.  

Annual report of the Free Software Foundation Europe 2018

05 November 2018 –

"Software freedom in Europe" is the yearly report of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). In one document, it gives you a breakdown of important things the FSFE has done and achieved during the last 12 months. In the 2018 report, you will read about our electoral campaigns, our input on the European Union's copyright reform, and about our successful outreach in demanding publicly financed software be made publicly available under a Free Software licence. You will also get insights about the events we (co-)organised and about our community and groups that helped us with these achievements. Finally, we will display some numbers showing what resources we counted on, and giving an outlook for the next year. 

Call for sessions at the FSFE assembly during 35C3

24 October 2018 – , Galia Mancheva

In the context of the 35th Chaos Communication Congress happening from December 27th to 30th in Leipzig, the FSFE is happy to host an assembly again, acting as an information booth and a meeting point for our friends and all friends of Free Software. As in previous editions, we offer attention and a stage for self-organised sessions by and for our community, and this is our call for participation. 

"Go open today, there's no excuse not to" - interview with Timo Aarnio, GIS expert at National Land Survey Finland.

17 September 2018 – , Alexandra Busch

Oskari is a Free Software platform for browsing, sharing and analysing geographic information from distributed data sources. Its development is coordinated by the National Land Survey of Finland and is organised through the Oskari network with over 38 organisations from both the public and private sector. Oskari was awarded second prize in the cross-border category of the European Commission's Sharing and Reuse Awards Contest 2017 and is currently going through incubation phase to become an official Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) Project. To shed light on best practices regarding Free Software developed by public funds, we have conducted an interview with Timo Aarnio, GIS Expert at the National Land Survey of Finland’s SDI Services department.  

New FSFE staff member Alexander Sander: EU public policy programme manager

07 September 2018 –

The Free Software Foundation Europe is happy to welcome our newest staffer Alexander Sander. Alexander is hired as our new EU public policy programme manager and works full-time in the FSFE's Berlin office. In this position, Alexander mainly works with us on policy topics covering Free Software and Open Standards issues at the EU and member state level and helps us identify and monitor EU policy developments to alert the FSFE's network on relevant issues. 

"Call to Action: Save Free Software this September"

05 September 2018 – George Brooke-Smith

Free Software is at risk! On the 12th of September the EU is getting ready to vote on a "Copyright Reform" package, which undermines the foundations upon which Free Software is built. The proposed Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive targets every online service that allows its users to upload and share content with each other, including code hosting platforms. 

FSFE is hiring: project manager

16 July 2018

We are looking for a project manager to support our work to empower people to control technology. The person will work 35 hours per week with our team in the FSFE's Berlin office supporting FSFE projects and managing larger FSFE events. There will be coordination with remote staff and volunteers, as well as travels to other countries. 

Using Free Software to build a more democratic, inclusive and sustainable digital society - interview with Francesca Bria, CTO of Barcelona.

05 July 2018 –

Barcelona, the second most populous municipality of Spain, is actively working on a "smart city" agenda that is reshaping modern city's infrastucture and technologies to put citizen's needs first. Key to Barcelona's agenda is the use and promotion of Free Software and open technologies as a social good, to enable collaboration between administrations and to escape vendor lock-ins. Barcelona is also the first City Council who signed the open letter for “Public Money? Public Code!”. To shed light on Barcelona's best practice, we have conducted an interview with Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer at the Barcelona City Council, to ask her about ongoing innovations and developments in Barcelona. 

Technical Note: Mail Issues on June 8

13 June 2018 – ,

On Friday morning, one of our servers had a fatal hardware crash. This affected parts of our mail infrastructure and mailing lists. Meanwhile, all services are back to normal. We would like to inform you about what happened and which problems it caused. In a nutshell: Please make sure your emails arrived and check your SMTP settings. 

How Spanish administrations reuse software - an interview with Elena Muñoz Salinero about best practices.

01 June 2018 –

The Technology Transfer Centre (CTT) is an initiative run by the Spanish government whose goal is to facilitate sharing and reuse of software and services among public administrations. To shed light on this best practice, we have conducted an interview with Elena Muñoz Salinero, head of CTT, to ask her about the legal, political and technological background of the CTT.  

LLW2018: The FSFE brings together top legal experts to debate about cross-cutting legal and licensing issues around Free Software

30 May 2018 – Polina Malaja

Following more than a decade long tradition, the FSFE once again led its annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop (LLW) in 2018: a meeting point for world-leading legal experts to debate issues and best practices surrounding Free Software licences. This year we decided to bring the event back to its roots and emphasise the "Workshop" part in its original title: around 120 legal experts gathered for a 3-day conference in Barcelona, Spain with an unprecedented amount of parallel tracks and interactive sessions designed to dive into the most contentious topics in the legal world of Free Software. 

FSFE simplifies membership procedures for contributors

26 May 2018 –

During last year's General Assembly the FSFE's Council was asked to prepare a constitution change to remove the so-called "Fellowship seats". This motion was adopted with 20:3 votes and zero abstentions. Today the FSFE's General Assembly approved in an extraordinary meeting the removal of the Fellowship seats. In future, access to membership of the FSFE shall be facilitated through the normal membership procedures for active FSFE contributors. 

Call for Participation: FSFE Community Meeting and FSFE track at the Libre Software Meeting in Strasbourg, France

14 April 2018

The Libre Software Meeting (LSM) is maybe the biggest community-driven Free Software meeting in France and in 2018 also serves as host of the FSFE community meeting. It takes place in Strasbourg and the FSFE will organise its own track on the first days of LSM, from 7 to 9 of July. This is your chance to be part in the FSFE's community meeting and to give a talk at the LSM 2018 at the same time. Deadline to apply for a talk is April 30 - and before you forget it, apply now! 

Chiamata alla partecipazione: Il programma della FSFE sull'"Educazione Digitale" per il Libre Software Meeting a Strasburgo, Francia

22 March 2018

Dal 7 al 12 Luglio, si terrà il Libre Software Meeting a Strasburgo, Francia. La conferenza, anche conosciuta come RMLL, si tiene annualmente ed è il più grande evento sul Software Libero in Francia. Quest'anno l'argomento principale sarà "Digital Education: building captivity or new empowerment?". Con il nostro programma cerchiamo di ispirare la consapevolazza riguardo alle gabbie dorate e all'emancipazione, non solo negli istituti educativi, ma nella nostra vita di tutti i giorni.  

#ilovefs Report 2018

08 March 2018

On Wednesday 14th of February, our community celebrated the annual "I love Free Software Day". A day to declare love to the communities most important to you as well as saying "Thank You" to the Free Software projects surrounding us every single day. The Free Software Foundation Europe also wants to thank everyone who cheered and contributed to make this day as special as it could be. 

Ask Your Candidates: I partiti italiani consolidano la loro posizione sull'adozione del Software Libero e Open Source nella PA

02 March 2018 –

La Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pubblica i risultati del questionario inviato ai maggiori partiti in corsa per le elezioni politiche del 4 Marzo in Italia, in merito alla campagna Ask Your Candidates promossa dalla stessa FSFE. Abbiamo ricevuto un riscontro positivo da "Movimento 5 Stelle", "Liberi e Uguali", "Partito Democratico" e "Potere al Popolo". Purtroppo, nessuna risposta da "+Europa", "Forza Italia", "Fratelli d'Italia" e "Lega Nord".  

FSFE Italia chiede la posizione dei partiti in merito al Software Libero

19 February 2018 –

Alla luce delle prossime elezioni che si terranno in Italia il prossimo 4 marzo, il team italiano della FSFE ha inviato una serie di domande ai vari partiti e candidati con l'intento di stimolarli ad esprimere le loro posizioni relativamente al ruolo del Software Libero nella pubblica amministrazione e nel mondo dell'educazione. Pubblicheremo e analizzeremo le loro risposte una volta che le avremo ricevute. 

Join the I Love Free Software Day 2018

12 February 2018 –

The Free Software Foundation Europe calls on everyone to say "thank you" to all contributors to Free Software on 14 February. Last year the annual I Love Free Software Day has been committed with offline activism to tell people outside of our filter bubble about the importance of Free Software. This Wednesday, we will go back to our roots and focus on why this day has been invented in the first place: to celebrate the Free Software community.