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Interoperable Europe Act: Committee of the Regions fails to substantially promote Free Software

24 May 2023

The Committee of the Regions approved its opinion on the Interoperable Europe Act. The EU representative body has failed to recognise the importance that Free Software has for interoperability and thus for digitalisation and innovation. This underlines the relevance of the Free Software Community's participation in the planned Interoperable Board.  

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Tack foss-north 2023!

09 May 2023

The 2023 edition of foss-north took place in Gothenburg on 24 and 25 April 2023. It was a great occasion to meet again in person with the Nordic Free Software community. Over 180 participants had the opportunity to learn about and discuss Free Software in more than 20 sessions.  

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Chaos Communication Camp: Aufruf zur Teilnahme

08 May 2023

Nach vier Jahren und vielen Online-Konferenzen - vermutlich zu vielen - ist das Chaos Communication Camp endlich zurück! Komm und campe mit uns im 'Bits & Bäume'-Village vom 15. bis 19. August 2023. Die Free Software Foundation Europe ist Teil des diesjährigen 'Bits & Bäume'-Villages. 

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FOSS-North & LLW+++Device Neutrality+++NGI Zero

03 May 2023

In dieser Ausgabe geht es um das EU-Projekt NGI Zero, LLW, FOSS-North und das Ringen lithauischer Student:innen um die proprietäre 2FA zu vermeiden. Verpassen Sie nicht unsere SFP Episode zu Geräteneutralität; Zwei Leseempfehlungen; entdecken Sie die neuen ‘Ada & Zangemann’ Lesungen; und lesen Sie mehr über zwei YH4F Projekte.  

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LLW 2023: learning and exchanging legal knowledge

28 April 2023

The Swedish city of Gothenburg hosted the 2023 edition of the Free Software Legal & Licensing Workshop (LLW), the annual conference for the Legal Network community. It was great to see so many old and new faces in person after two years online, and to learn, share and network about the legal and licensing issues facing current technology developments.  

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The FSFE is helping to build an “Internet of Humans”

25 April 2023

The Free Software Foundation Europe is a partner of the Next Generation Internet Zero consortium, which aims to build a more resilient, trustworthy and open Internet that empowers end users to control technology. The FSFE team provides support to NGI0 grantee projects on legal and licensing issues, as well as helping them to become REUSE compliant.  

foss-north 2023 is taking place in Gothenurg on April 24 and 25

Ready for foss-north 2023?

12 April 2023

The FSFE is organising a track covering political and legal aspects of Free Software at foss-north, the conference in Gothenburg that brings together Nordic Free Software communities. It will take place on April 24 and 25 preceded by the community day that will take place on April 23. It is time to register and get your tickets!  

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EU: Verantwortlichkeit, Interoperables Europa +++ Routerfreiheit in Griechenland

04 April 2023

Im Aprilnewsletter diskutieren wir darüber, wie Vorschläge der EU die Freie Software tangieren: durch die Einführung von Haftungsregularien für Software und den Interoperable Europe Act. Griechenland sichert Routerfreiheit zu, lässt aber Kabelverbindungen außen vor.  

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Happy Women’s Day!

08 March 2023

Today we are celebrating Women’s Day. Thank you to everyone who is making the tech sector more inclusive! Let’s continue working together to achieve gender parity and embrace equity. There might be problems coming our way, but we also have each other. Join us and meet the FSFE Women team.  

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Medizinische Geräte sollten Freie Software nutzen +++ 25 Neue Videos

07 March 2023

In dieser Ausgabe haben wir eine Podcastfolge für Freie Software in medizinischen Geräten, Vorträge von FOSDEM & Videos zu Rechtsfragen bei der Entwicklung, YH4F-Teilnehmer:innen programmieren bereits. Vielen Dank für Ihre Unterstützung unser Spendenaktion war erfolgreich. Wir bringen Communityneuigkeiten aus 9 Ländern.  

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Call for Papers for foss-north open (Gothenburg, April 2023)

22 February 2023

foss-north is a Free Software conference in Gothenburg that brings together Nordic Free Software communities. This year, the Free Software Foundation Europe is organising a track covering political and legal aspects of Free Software, as well as best practices from Scandinavia. We're looking forward to your contribution by March 5! 

The coding period of this new edition has started

Let's code!

20 February 2023

Youth Hacking 4 Freedom, FSFE's coding competition for young Europeans, has just started. The kick-off event took place on the 26th of January with an online meeting for the participants of this year's competition. There they got the most important information about the contest while starting to get to know each other. 

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Danke für die Unterstützung beim Erreichen unseres Ziels!

15 February 2023

Dank eurer wichtigen Unterstützung* haben wir unser Fundraising-Ziel erreicht. Thank you for your confidence and support, even in these difficult times. Wir danken euch für euer Vertrauen und eure Unterstützung, auch in dieser schwierigen Zeit. Eure Spenden ermöglichen es uns, Kampagnen durchzuführen, bei Veranstaltungen und in Vorträgen über unsere Arbeit zu sprechen und dadurch Softwarefreiheit ein Stück weiter zu bringen. 

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    I Love Free Software +++ Behörden auf Fediverse

    08 February 2023

    In dieser Ausgabe laden wir öffentliche Institutionen dazu ein, freie, dezentralisierte soziale Medien zu nutzen. Schauen Sie sich unsere Info-Session zu deutschen Kommunen die soziale Medien nutzen an. FSFE-Ehrenamtlicher zweifelt an der Glaubwürdigkeit von KI-generiertem Text. Bald ist I Love Free Software Day - feiern Sie mit uns!  

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    Ready for FOSDEM 2023?

    23 January 2023

    FOSDEM 2023 is taking place in Brussels the first weekend of February. The FSFE team will be participating at the main Free Software convention in Europe with a booth and giving some keynotes. Are you going to be there? Come to our booth and do not miss our talks! 

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    Join our team as an intern!

    13 January 2023

    Are you a motivated person who wants to support FSFE's activities as an intern? If your background is in computer science, law, political science or another social science field, apply to become part of our team in our Berlin office, working 35 hours per week for a period of 6 months. Join us in empowering people to take control of technology!.  

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    Promising news from Belgium and Dortmund +++ IT Security +++ Job opportunity

    10 January 2023

    In January’s Newsletter: Dortmund embraces Free Software, and Belgium is working to ensure Router Freedom. A cryptographer analyzes IT security. A digital health ecosystem licenses files with the REUSE tool. We are looking for an office coordinator. We look forward to seeing you in FOSDEM and I Love Free Software events.  

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    ♥ I Love Free Software Day: Let’s Meet and Connect!

    04 January 2023

    Every February 14 the Free Software community around the world comes together to celebrate the “I Love Free Software Day”. On this special day we show our gratitude for every Free Software contributor. Join us in celebrating our love for Free Software and thank all the supporters of software freedom.  

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    CLOSED - FSFE is hiring an office coordinator

    20 December 2022

    We are looking for an office coordinator for an open-ended 25-35 hours per week position in our Berlin office. As part of our office management team you will be the administrative backbone of our operations. Our ideal candidate has experience as an office administrator, secretary, event organiser, or another relevant administrative role.  

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    GNU Health opts for REUSE

    19 December 2022

    In the framework of the REUSE Booster initiative, the FSFE provides individual assessments and direct assistance to Free Software projects in the implementation of the REUSE best practices. GNU Health, a project that combines social medicine with technology, has recently become REUSE compliant. We have talked with Dr. Luis Falcón, its founder.  

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    FSFE holds 2nd edition of Legal Education Day at the SFSCon 2022

    14 December 2022

    The 2nd Legal Education Day (LED), organized by the FSFE, took place in Bolzano to help Free Software developers understand legal topics on a basic level, so that they can avoid common pitfalls, allowing their software projects to reach full potential. The LED track featured sessions on the basics of copyright law, licenses, and other legal topics.  

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      Discover more YH4F projects and learn about the participants Héctor and Leonardo

      09 December 2022

      Are you thinking about registering for the second edition of Youth Hacking 4 Freedom? But you are not yet sure? Two participants from the last edition, Héctor and Leonardo, talked with us about the projects they developed and their journey throughout the Free Software world! Discover their experiences during the first edition of YH4F.  

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      EU Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles falls short of its ambitions

      06 December 2022

      Member states, the European Parliament, and the Commission have reached a consensus on the Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles. Although it aims to serve as a reference point for the digital transformation of Europe, it instead descends into murky waters, causing ambiguity. Its wording is unclear and it overlooks existing good proposals.  

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      5 reasons why your contribution is crucial for the promotion of Free Software

      05 December 2022

      Your support and contribution for the promotion of Free Software are important for securing our continuous work, ensuring our independence, strengthening our democratic society, promoting and implementing concrete steps towards software freedom, and making it easier to use and develop Free Software.  

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        FSFE wins EU Datathon +++ YH4F winners and new round +++ No to chat control

        15 November 2022

        FSFE’s ‘TEDective’, a program helping to analyse public spending, wins first prize in the EU Datathon and our very own Youth Hacking 4 Freedom contest starts again. An EU draft law might end secure chats. Citizens in Sweden have a say with the Free Software Decidim and the FSFE Switzerland asks administrations to join federated social media.  

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        Let’s talk with young hackers Ekaterina, Miquel and Alexia about YH4F

        04 November 2022

        The first edition of the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom contest has ended. After 5 months of coding, over 35 young people came up with outstanding projects. Three of them will be introduced to you in this interview. Ekaterina, the mind behind Music Companion, Miquel who developed Smart Table Assistant and Alexia, the creator of a basic password manager.  

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        ✦ Youth Hacking 4 Freedom Winners ✦

        04 October 2022

        After a year of coding and evaluation the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom competition comes to an end, giving us amazing projects. Who won? The six winning programs offer sign language transcription, a smart table robot, a personal assistant, a music tutorial, file sharing, and a homework manager. All Free Software.  

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        Free Software in France +++ Hackerspace in Albania +++ Job

        04 October 2022

        In this issue, we discuss the rising awareness for Free Software in France. We share our plans for monitoring the implementation of Device Neutrality principles. A hackerspace in Albania shares the ‘Public Money! Public Code’ demand. We are looking for a working student to be our next system administrator assistant.  

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        Software Freedom in Europe 2022

        28 September 2022

        We continuously work to promote Free Software in Europe. In 2022 we addressed technological sustainability, advocated in the DMA and AI act on European level, and defended Router Freedom in Europe – among other activities. To reach younger people, we organised a coding competition for teenagers and published a children's book on software freedom.  

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        SFP#16: Free Software in France with Hugo Roy

        09 September 2022

        In this episode of the Software Freedom Podcast, Bonnie Mehring speaks with Hugo Roy about his long involvement with the FSFE. Hugo is also very active in the French Free Software community and gives us an overview of the standing of Free Software in France.  

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        Sustainability podcast +++ Job opportunity +++ Partial Router Freedom in Greece

        05 July 2022

        In this issue we share an uplifting podcast episode on the progress of the Upcycling Android campaign. We have a work position in the FSFE staff. Greece is about to secure Router Freedom except for fiber connections. Community news comes from Aarhus, Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Translators, and Women.  

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        CLOSED - The FSFE is hiring a Senior Project Manager Communication

        15 June 2022

        We are looking for a Senior Project Manager Communication for 20-25 hours per week in our Berlin office. This is a great opportunity to help amplify the importance of software freedom, so that every human can use, study, share, and improve software and thereby support other fundamental rights like freedom of speech, press, and privacy.  

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        Municipalities using Free Software +++ PMPC tour in Italy

        07 June 2022

        In this issue, read about nine administrations innovating and saving money with Free Software, a Dutch coalition calling for fair digital education, and how a sustainable telecom sector is attainable with Free Software. Volunteers organise ‘Public Money? Public code!’ tour in Italy.  

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        46 unterzeichnen den offenen Brief zu OS-Freiheit +++ Fair-Market-App +++ Deine digitalen Rechte

        10 May 2022

        In dieser Ausgabe: Eine Allianz von 46 Organisationen - und es werden immer mehr - unterstützt das universelle Recht, jede Software auf jedem Gerät zu installieren. Freie Software wird für die Aufnahme in die EU-Erklärung zu digitalen Rechten in Betracht gezogen. Die App der FSFE für Transparenz im öffentlichen Beschaffungswesen erreicht das Finale des EU-Datathons. Italienische FSFE-Freiwillige bereiten eine Rundreise vor.  

        Vier Illustrationen. 1. Drei Zahnräder in unterschiedlichen Farben und Größen integrieren sich ineinander, wobei eines das Codierungskürzel trägt 2. Ein telefonähnliches Gerät, aus dem drei Pfeile kommen, einer nach links, einer nach rechts und einer geradeaus 3. Vier verschiedene geometrische figuren sind über brücken verbunden 4. ein telefonähnliches gerät sieht aus wie ein geöffnetes Schloss

        38 Organisationen fordern Recht auf Zugang und Wiederverwendung von Hardware

        27 April 2022

        Die FSFE veröffentlicht einen an die EU Gesetzgeber gerichteten und von 38 Organisationen und Unternehmen mitgezeichneten offenen Brief, in dem sie das universale Recht fordert jede Software auf jedem Gerät zu installieren. Dieses Recht dient der Wiederverwendbarkeit und Langlebigkeit unserer Geräte.  

        Constanze Kurz spricht auf der Bühne während der Bits und Bäume Konferenz mit einem Mikrofon in der Hand und im Hintergrund zeigt eine Folie den Namen der Konferenz.

        CfP geöffnet für Bits & Bäume 2022 zum Thema Digitalisierung und Nachhaltigkeit

        25 April 2022

        Die Bits & Bäume-Konferenz bringt Expertinnen und Experten aus dem Techsektor und der Nachhaltigkeitsbewegung zusammen. Dieses Jahr ist die FSFE Teil des Trägerkreises. Wir suchen nach spannenden Beiträgen darüber, wie Freie Software zur Verwirklichung einer nachhaltigeren digitalen Gesellschaft beitragen kann. Einreichungen möglich bis 7. Juni.  


        Online-Diskussion: Die Zukunft der Routerfreiheit in Österreich

        20 April 2022

        Österreich hat ein Reformgesetz für den Telekomsektor eingeführt, das sich auf die Möglichkeiten von Verbrauchern ihre eigenen Router/Modem auszuwählen und zu verwenden auswirken wird. Zusammen mit der Verbund der Telekommunikations-Endgerätehersteller (VTKE) organisiert die FSFE ein Event zum Thema "Die Zukunft der Routerfreiheit in Österreich".  

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        EU Declaration of Digital Rights & Principles: Free Software should be included

        14 April 2022

        On 26 January 2022, the European Commission presented its proposal for the EU Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles which will serve as a reference point in the future and as a common EU vision of our digital rights. The declaration is now being discussed in the European Parliament and Council, and Free Software should become part of it.  

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        KI in der EU +++ Offener Brief an den Bundestag +++ Plasma Mobile +++ Meshnet

        05 April 2022

        In unserem April-Newsletter begrüßen wir die vielversprechenden Entwicklungen zum Thema KI in der EU. Wir wenden uns an die deutsche Regierung und fordern ein klares Budget für Freie Software. Wir interviewen den Plasma-Mobile-Entwickler Bhushan Shah und sprechen mit Elektra Wagenrad in einer Podcast-Episode über die Mesh-Netze. Wir gratulieren KDE zur weltweit ersten öko-zertifizierten Software.  

        Das Recht, Freie Software zu installieren +++ 60 Bücher für Bibliotheken +++ Berliner Workshop

        09 March 2022

        In unserem März-Newsletter teilen wir dringend benötigte gute Nachrichten: 60 Kinderbücher über Softwarefreiheit wurden an öffentliche Bibliotheken gespendet. Die FSFE fordert das Recht, Freie Software zu installieren. Der erste Upcycling-Android-Workshop findet in Berlin statt. Die FSFE-Gruppe in Aarhus, Dänemark, trifft sich nach langer Zeit wieder.  

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        FSFE at FOSDEM: A vital Devroom, virtual chats, and waffles

        24 February 2022

        At the prominent annual conference for Free Software, FOSDEM, we exchanged opinions and chatted with people from the Free Software community. We raised awareness on wider issues that impact our movement in the Legal and Policy Devroom, co-hosted by the FSFE. Enjoy the videos from the talks and stay in touch via Matrix until the next FOSDEM. 

        I love FS +++ 0 A.D.: Empires Ascendant +++ FOSDEM +++ FSFE20: Praktikanten

        08 February 2022

        In unserem Februar-Newsletter laden wir dich zu unserem Spiele-Event ein, um den "I Love Free Software"-Tag am 14. Februar zu feiern. Hör dir unsere Podcast-Episode mit Stanislas Dolcini vom Spiel "0 A.D.: Empires Ascendant" an. Die FOSDEM ging gerade zu Ende und die FSFE war dabei! Wir schließen unsere Feierlichkeiten zu 20 Jahren FSFE mit einem Interview mit ehemaligen Praktikanten ab.  

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        The FSFE at FOSDEM 2022

        27 January 2022

        As in 2021, this year's FOSDEM will take place online. But this is neither stopping us from once again co-hosting the Legal and Policy Issues Devroom nor from being present with a digital booth. We are excited and look forward to presenting you an interesting programme throughout the whole weekend. 

        Geräteneutralität wird Realität +++ Stockholm +++ FSFE-Infrastruktur +++ KI

        11 January 2022

        In unserem Januar-Newsletter würdigen wir die Bedeutung des Gesetzes über digitale Märkte als eine überwiegend positive Entwicklung für die Softwarefreiheit. Lesen Sie, wie das Fehlen von Freier Software Stockholm 100 Millionen Euro gekostet hat. Unser Systemhacker-Team zeigt die Hintergründe der FSFE-Infrastruktur. Vincent Lequertier betont, dass KI Transparenz braucht. Die FOSDEM steht vor der Tür.  

        SFP#12: Enforcement of the GNU GPL with Till Jaeger

        22 September 2021

        With our 12th episode of the Software Freedom Podcast we dig into the history and the beginning of enforcing Free Software licences, especially the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL). Together with Till Jaeger, who has been working alongside Harald Welte for enforcing the GNU GPL in the first court cases in Germany, we talk about the long way we have come since those early days.  

        SFP#9: I Love Free Software Day

        11 February 2021

        For this episode of the Software Freedom Podcast we talk about the background of the "I Love Free Software Day" and how it all began 11 years ago. Discover together with Bonnie Mehring why Free Software developers, advocates, activists and contributors think this special day is so important for Free Software.  

        SFP#8: How to tell my mother that Free Software can cost money?

        04 December 2020

        In this Software Freedom Podcast episode Bonnie Mehring and Matthias Kirschner talk about the monetary costs of Free Software. On the example of a conversation Bonnie had with her mother, both discover ways of explaining the world of Free Software and how to answer common questions and misunderstandings about software freedom.  

        Katharina Nocun, Lawrence Lessig and Matthias Kirschner while recording the Software Freedom Podcast

        SFP#5 about regulation with Professor Lawrence Lessig

        09 April 2020

        For our Software Freedom Podcast we talk with people who have inspiring ideas about software freedom. In this episode, we talk with Professor Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, about regulation of society, offline as well as online, about the different means of regulation, and shed light on regulations through code. 

        SFP#4 about REUSE with Carmen Bianca Bakker

        21 January 2020

        In the monthly Software Freedom Podcast we talk with people who have inspiring ideas about software freedom. In this episode, we talk with Carmen Bianca Bakker about the REUSE project. By this we are covering the very broad topic of software licensing and the problems there, which REUSE is able to solve with three simple steps.  

        SFP#2 about KDE with Lydia Pintscher

        12 November 2019

        We are back with the second episode of our Software Freedom Podcast! Once a month, we talk with people who have inspiring ideas about software freedom. In this episode, we talk with Lydia Pintscher from KDE about the development of the KDE community, the different KDE projects and the issues they will be tackling over the next two years.  

        SFP#1 zum Tag Gegen DRM mit Cory Doctorow

        12 October 2019

        Wir haben einen Podcast! Beginnend mit dieser Episode werden wir, einmal im Monat mit Personen sprechen, die inspirierende Ideen zu Freier Software haben. In unserer ersten Episode des Software Freedom Podcasts adressieren wir Probleme von DRM zusammen mit Cory Doctorow, dem britisch-kanadischen Schriftsteller und politischem Aktivisten, sowie Co-Autor des Blogs boingboing.net. Außerdem ist er ein prominenter Unterstützer von Softwarefreiheit und weniger restriktiven Urheberrechtsgesetzen. Seine Bücher sind unter Creative-Commons-Lizenzen veröffentlicht.  


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