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EC cuts funding support for Free Software projects

19 July 2024

The Next Generation Internet initiative has supported Free Software projects with funding and technical assistance since 2018. Despite its proven success, the European Commission made the decision to cut this funding in the current draft for the Horizon Europe 2025 Work Programme. This decision highlights the larger problem of the lack of motivated and sustainable public funding for Free Software projects.  

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Belgian court’s decision impacts the future of Router Freedom

09 July 2024

In an historic ruling within the EU, a Belgian court has upheld the decision of the country’s regulator to introduce Router Freedom for fiber networks. The objections, raised by a local internet service provider, were deemed unfounded. This landmark decision represents a significant victory for consumer rights, and we urge other national regulators to follow this example. 

Composición de imágenes mostrando una ilustración del YH4F, otra de Ada, un corazón rojo con las cuatro libertades; una ilustración de una serpiente que hace la forma de lo que parece una manzana; y una infografía de REUSE

DMA & Apple +++ Openwashing, Infraestructura de la UE & más

02 July 2024

¡El número de julio viene cargado de noticias!. Seguimos vigilando y planteando nuestra preocupación por el cumplimiento de la DMA. Pedimos a la UE que utilice Software Libre en su infraestructura digital y os preguntamos por vuestras experiencias con el openwashing. Y también te traemos novedades sobre REUSE, YH4F, Ada & Zangemann ....  

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Defending DMA against Apple: The FSFE signs joint position paper

27 June 2024

Together with nine stakeholders organisations, the FSFE has submitted a joint position paper to the European Commission, with whom we are working on the implementation of the Digital Markets Act. This paper, supported by legal and data-backed arguments, addresses Apple’s non-compliance with the law, particularly concerning software freedom, alternative Free Software app stores and interoperability obligations. 

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Save time and minimise licensing headaches with REUSE

20 June 2024

REUSE helps make a project's licensing and copyright status more transparent, ensure that third-party code is properly attributed, and make the project's code easily reusable. This tool is currently used worldwide and its specification has been adopted by several corporate and institutional projects. We spoke to Matija Šuklje of Liferay International, one of the companies that has adopted REUSE.  

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I ♥ Free Software Day & SUSE OSCC network

10 June 2024

We got an email, a few weeks ago, that caught our attention. It came with a donation explaining that it was made in the name of an employee network at SUSE. We decided to investigate, asked the people responsible, and today we want to share this awesome story with you. (Note - this is also a great idea for an initiative to ask your company about).  

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Elecciones UE +++ DMA & Apple +++ Herramienta REUSE

04 June 2024

En esta entrega, explicamos nuestros planes para hacer una película de la historia de Ada & Zangemann y estamos pidiendo tu apoyo. Lanzada una nueva versión de REUSE; lee la opinión de la FSFE informada a la Comisión Europea sobre la nueva estrategia de Apple para cumplir con la DMA y su impacto sobre el Software Libre.  

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Ada va al plató: Hagamos una película de animación

15 May 2024

¿Qué tienen en común un Primer Ministro, un profesor del MIT y un niño de Rajastán? Ellos, junto con otras figuras públicas y miles de niños, adoran el libro ilustrado 'Ada & Zangemann: A Tale of Software, Skateboards, and Raspberry Ice Cream'. Ada ya ha llegado a hogares y bibliotecas de todo el mundo y, ¡ahora necesita tu ayuda para llegar a aún más niños! Ayúdanos a hacer una película de esta historia para despertar el interés de más niños por la programación y el trasteo con la tecnología. 

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LLW 2024 +++ Entrevistas YH4F +++ Ada en Francia

08 May 2024

Mayo viene con noticias legales como el "Legal & Licensing Workshop" y la demanda de Bitcoin sobre la responsabilidad de los desarrolladores de Software Libre. También hablamos con dos participantes del YH4F 2023 y nuestro grupo local danés envió una Carta Abierta a su parlamento. ¿Has visto que Ada & Zangemann ha ganado un premio y que ya está disponible la versión francesa en ebook?  

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Are Free Software developers at risk?

17 April 2024

Free Software is everywhere, with studies estimating that it is present in about 96% of the applications that we use. But what are the responsibilities and liabilities of the Free Software developers? A potential threat to Free Software developers looms in the form of an ongoing lawsuit in the UK involving Bitcoin and its core developers. 

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Let’s advocate together for Free Software in the European Elections

21 March 2024

European citizens will hit the ballot boxes from 6 to 9 June 2024 to choose their next representatives in the European Parliament. As the campaign heats up, it is important to get active and ensure Software Freedom is part of the larger political debate. How can you do this? Find practical advice on how to advocate for Free Software in the coming months!  

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Celebraciones del I love FS +++ FOSDEM 2024 +++ Episodio del SFP

05 March 2024

¡Ya está aquí nuestra newsletter de marzo! Acudimos a FOSDEM, y por toda Europa, se celebró el ‘I Love Free Software Day’. Además lanzamos un nuevo episodio de nuestro podcast sobre el estado del software libre y un debate sobre los servicios bancarios y la libertad del software. ¡Echa un vistazo a algunas lecturas interesantes y recomendaciones de eventos!  

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FOSDEM 2024 was a blast!

01 March 2024

At the beginning of February, FSFE volunteers and staffers went back to Brussels to take part in FOSDEM 2024 with a booth and talks. While for some of us this has become an awesome yearly experience, it was the first time for others. Thanks to everyone who came to FOSDEM, visited our booth for a nice chat, and joined us during our social events!  

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"I Love Free Software Day" 2024: Forging the future with Free Software

26 February 2024

Together with hundreds of people and several organisations, we have celebrated another "I Love Free Software Day" on 14 February! On this day, we reached out to Free Software contributors to say Thank you! To all who joined us this time: Thank you for participating in this 14th edition of the "I Love Free Software Day" ❤️❤️❤️!  

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SFP#24: The status of Free Software with Karen Sandler and Alexander Sander

14 February 2024

Have there been any changes for Free Software in Europe or the USA in the last year? How is Free Software viewed by legislators? What can we do to support software freedom? Karen Sandler and Alexander Sander are active in the Free Software movement and share their views on the current status of Free Software in our society.  

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Celebrate I Love Free Software Day +++ Interoperable Europe Act adopted

13 February 2024

Once again, FOSDEM did not disappoint! Meeting the Free Software community in Brussels is always one of the best moments of the year! And just before we meet again to celebrate I Love Free Software Day with the news of the Interoperable Europe Act being adopted! This newsletter also includes our first interviews with 2023 Youth Hacking 4 Freedom participants… and more! 

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Interoperable Europe Act adopted, close monitoring vital

06 February 2024

Today the Interoperable Europe Act has been adopted in plenary with 524 votes in favour, 18 against and 97 abstentions. Although some of the potential of the regulation got undermined, the Act as a whole is an important opportunity for Free Software and its community to contribute to an interoperable Europe. The FSFE will closely monitor its implementation. 

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Podcast episodes +++ Router Freedom tech wiki +++ Become our policy intern

16 January 2024

We are starting 2024 with a lot of energy, looking for a policy intern and with great news: two new SFP episodes, the Router Freedom tech wiki, the ‘Ada & Zangemann’ ebook is free of charge in French, and we are looking forward to celebrating ‘I Love Free Software Day’ on 14 February!  

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Unblocking User Freedom: the right to use adblockers

20 December 2023

Companies increasingly aim to control how users interact with their content online, threatening user freedom. As more companies crack down on browser extensions and other third-party software used by internet users to customise their experiences, two recent German court cases on adblockers could strengthen the legal case for user control over technology. 

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Router Freedom tech wiki is now online!

14 December 2023

In recent years we have focused on the policy and legal aspects of Router Freedom. Now, with the help of our Netherlands volunteer team, we are publishing the Router Freedom tech wiki, which provides information on the necessary steps you need to use and connect your own router. We need your help to get it printed! 

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The FSFE is looking for a policy intern

11 December 2023

We are looking for a motivated intern to support the FSFE’s policy activities and contribute to our work to empower people to control technology. The person will work 35 hours per week with our team in the FSFE Berlin office for a period of six months. 

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What pupils write about proprietary software and why it motivates me

07 December 2023

Pupils all over the world are learning about the story of "Ada & Zangemann - A Tale of Software, Skateboards and Raspberry Ice Cream": it is encouraging to see how new generations are inspired to start coding, and to write to Zangemann about his behaviour. Below a message from our president Matthias Kirschner to our readers.  

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Arranca YH4F +++ Carta Abierta de UpA +++ Libertad del Router en Bélgica

05 December 2023

El mes pasado, comenzó YH4F 2024, el Parlamento Alemán recibió la Carta Abierta de Upcycling Android, descubrimos que el ambicioso plan de la Ley de la Europa Interoperable se quedó en agua de borrajas, celebramos el compromiso de Bélgica con la Libertad del Router, ¡y muchas más noticias interesantes!  

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Austria goes against Router Freedom

01 December 2023

The Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, RTR, has decided not to regulate the network operators with regard to Router Freedom, allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to impose their equipment on consumers. For RTR, routers configured in “bridge mode” is synonymous with terminal equipment freedom. The FSFE laments this decision as a missed opportunity for Net Neutrality in Austria.  

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Arranca 2024 Youth Hacking 4 Freedom

16 November 2023

Abierto el plazo de inscripción para la edición de 2024 de Youth Hacking 4 Freedom, el concurso de programación para jóvenes europeos. Esta competición ofrece a los adolescentes la oportunidad de desarrollar su propio proyecto, individualmente o en equipo, entablar nuevas amistades por toda Europa y ganar hasta 4.096 euros. 

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SFSCON 2023 +++ Ganadores YH4F +++ REUSE va al espacio

14 November 2023

Nuestro Informe anual, Software Freedom in Europe 2023, ya está disponible. En la entrega de los premios YH4F, conocimos los impresionantes proyectos de los ganadores de esta edición, nuestro equipo viajó a Bolzano para asistir a la SFSCON y nos encanta descubrir que la especificación REUSE sigue ayudando a desarrolladores como los del Centro Aeroespacial Alemán. Descubre estas y otras historias en nuestro número de noviembre.  

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Interoperable Europe Act: an ambition that turned out to be watered-down

13 November 2023

Decision makers are meeting to agree on the final text of the Interoperable Europe Act (IEA). There is a concerning wording related to giving priority to Free Software when implementing interoperable solutions and confusing criteria to do so. Overall, what could have been a very ambitious initiative turned out to be another regulation with ambiguous and problematic wording. 

The Belgian regulator BIPT recognised Router Freedom as a key element for Internet connections.

Belgium commits to Router Freedom

13 November 2023

The Belgian telecom regulator BIPT formally introduced Router Freedom. The decision encompasses all network types including fiber (FTTx) and the decision sets a deadline of twelve months for becoming compliant. The FSFE acknowledges this decision as a major win for consumer rights, and will monitor further implementation. 

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Frank Karlitschek receives the European SFS Award at SFSCON23

10 November 2023

The founder of Nextcloud received the European SFS Award at SFSCON. This recognition which was presented for the first time jointly by the Linux User Group Bolzano and the Free Software Foundation Europe, went to "a tireless advocate of digital freedom as universal right"

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    Join us at SFSCON 2023!

    08 November 2023

    We cannot wait to be in Bolzano for the South Tyrol Free Software Conference (SFSCON) on 10 and 11 November. This two-day conference brings together Free Software advocates, decision makers and the general public at the gateway to the Dolomites. Our team will be there with talks, side events and a booth. We are ready to talk to you, so just drop by and say hello! 

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    FSFE at the Chaos Communication Congress

    06 November 2023

    The FSFE is back for the Chaos Communication Congress! Come and join us at the end of December in the "Bits & Bäume" habitat and end the year in a fun and chaos way attending interesting talks and making new friends! The Call for Participation ends on 11 November so hurry up!  

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    REUSE goes to space!

    02 November 2023

    The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has adopted the REUSE specification in some of its projects. We have talked to Tobias Schlauch, research software engineer at the DLR, about the role of Free Software for research and innovation, and the importance of clear understanding and displaying of the legal information of software projects. He highlights the special contributions that REUSE has to offer for software development but also for research. 

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    Fediverse Symposium: Recordings are now online

    25 October 2023

    More than 70 people came together, in Cologne on 22 September, to get an insight into the Fediverse and to discuss the importance of decentralised social networks for our society. If you were not able to join our Fediverse Symposium or want to re-watch the talks, we now have the German-language recordings on our PeerTube instance for you!  

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    Software Freedom in Europe 2023

    20 October 2023

    In 2023, Software Freedom has been back on stage, while we have boosted our activities for the coming generations with our children's book and the coding competition for young Europeans. We have also continued to bring our demands to lawmakers, helped projects to become REUSE compliant, and shared many great moments with our community. 

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    Find out our YH4F second edition winners!

    17 October 2023

    A real-time plotter for microcontrollers; a classroom quiz platform; a radio tool; a device that provides bags to pick up your dog's poo; a game engine to help non-programmers develop their ideas; and a program to search for a file on your computer by its hash. These are the six projects that won the 2023 edition of Youth Hacking 4 Freedom.  

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    GNU cumple 40 años +++ Libertad del Enrutador, Fediverso & Ada

    04 October 2023

    Octubre comienza después de celebrarse el 40º aniversario del proyecto GNU, que señaló el inicio de nuestro movimiento del Software Libre. Nueva temporada política, tanto a nivel de la UE como nacional. Gracias por contribuir a hacer que nuestro vídeo Qué es el Software Libre esté disponible en más idiomas... ¡y tenemos nuestra primera lectura pública de Ada en italiano!  

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    ¡Feliz 40º Aniversario de la Libertad del Software!

    26 September 2023

    Durante cuatro décadas la comunidad del Software Libre ha estado trabajando para empoderar a los usuarios para que controlen la tecnología y para ayudar a nuestra sociedad a entender cómo el Software Libre contribuye a la libertad, la transparencia y la auto-determinación. 

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    EU: Digital sovereignty & Interoperability. What about the role of Free Software?

    20 September 2023

    Speaking about Digital Public Infrastructures last week, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pointed out that "the trick is to build public digital infrastructure that is interoperable, open to all and trusted". What exactly does this mean? What is required to achieve such an accessible digital infrastructure that can help foster innovation and allow cooperation on a global scale? What role does Free Software play in such ambition? 

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    The Netherlands: Important points for the election

    06 September 2023

    The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is committed to empower users to control technolgy to digital civil rights, transparency and control over technology. It does this by promoting Free Software (also known as Open Source Software). In addition, Free Software promotes innovation and prevents vendor lock-in. Digital sovereignty is only possible with Free Software. 

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    "Back to school" for EU and German policy +++ Ada available worldwide

    05 September 2023

    September brings the resumption of EU politics and the middle of the term of the current German government, and we look at them from a Free Software perspective. 'Ada & Zangemann' can now be ordered internationally, and you can help us translate our 'What is Free Software' video into more EU languages. And remember - rooting your device does not void its warranty.  

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    Chaos Communication Camp 2023: back to the grounds!

    25 August 2023

    One of our favourite events was back this summer: Chaos Communication Camp 2023! This event brings together technologists, activists, and enthusiasts to discuss, share, and celebrate technology, privacy, and freedom in Brandenburg, Germany. This year, the Free Software Foundation Europe joined the campers as part of the 'Bits und Bäume' village.  

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    Liability, Interoperability & Free Software in EU: what we are expecting

    24 August 2023

    After the summer recess, EU institutions are resuming their activities at the end of August. In the coming months, we expect to see the adoption of legislation that could have an impact on Free Software: the Cyber Resilience Act, the Product Liability Directive, the AI Act, and the Interoperable Europe Act. What does all this legislation mean for Free Software and its community? 

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    Join us as an intern and make the difference!

    15 August 2023

    Have you heard about Free Software and you want to know more about it? Are you already a Free Software advocate and do you want to help to bring software freedom to our society? Then our paid internships are for you! Learn by doing and gain knowledge and technical skills through an internship with us. 

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    CRA & IEA +++ episodio SFP +++ Encuentro de verano

    01 August 2023

    Agosto viene con las novedades de la CRA (Ley de Ciberresiliencia) y de la IEA (Ley de Europa Interoperable), un nuevo episodio de nuestro Software Freedom Podcast y el anuncio de nuestro simposio sobre redes sociales descentralizadas. Los participantes de YH4F -y nosotros también- esperamos las conclusiones del jurado sobre sus proyectos.  

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    SFP#21: Exploring Software Freedom in European Politics with Lina Ceballos

    28 July 2023

    Listen to our new Software Freedom Podcast episode with Lina Ceballos. Lina and Bonnie talk about everything related to Free Software in European Politics. Learn more about Lina's work at the Free Software Foundation Europe and how political decisions come to pass in the EU. Discover how best to advocate for Free Software, and especially, what the Interoperable Europe Act is all about and why the Free Software communities need to be on the lookout for the protection of software freedom.  

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    YH4F: Coding is over!

    24 July 2023

    The second edition of Youth Hacking 4 Freedom, the hacking competition for young Europeans, has just ended. For the last six months, the participants have worked on developing their own personal Free Software projects. 

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    Cyber Resilience Act & Free Software: Parliament waters down its own position

    19 July 2023

    The European Parliament today voted on its position on the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA). While the position improves on the Commission's exemption to protect Free Software, it fails to introduce a proper protection . We call on the institutions to put the burden of liability only on those who significantly financially benefit from the market, while protecting developers and non-profit work. 

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    EU Parliament intends to widen participation in the Interoperable Europe Board

    19 July 2023

    Today the EU Parliament’s Committee responsible for the Interoperable Europe Act has adopted its final position. It is a step forward towards a more inclusive Interoperable Europe Board while it introduces clearer indicators and statistics to monitor the progress of the Act. This position must now be upheld during the upcoming trilogue. 

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    Europa Interoperable +++ Ley de Ciberresilencia +++ Ley de IA

    04 July 2023

    ¡Julio ya está aquí y también llegó nuestro boletín electrónico! En esta entrega tenemos algunas actualizaciones de las últimas evoluciones de la Ley de Europa Interoperable, la Ley de Ciberresiliencia y la Ley de Inteligencia Artificial. Acaba de terminar la competición YH4F.  

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    IEA: El Parlamento europeo da un paso al frente destacando el papel del Software Libre, pero aun necesita mejorar

    29 June 2023

    Los dos Comissiones de opinión del PE, IMCO y LIBE, han adoptado hoy sus textos sobre la Ley de Europa Interoperable (Interoperable Europe Board, en inglés). Aunque ambos reconocen la importancia del Software Libre para esta legislación, la inclusión de la comunidad del Software Libre en el Comité sigue siendo incierta. La redacción sobre los procesos de supervisión y evaluación va en la dirección correcta. 

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    El Consejo excluye a las partes interesadas de contribuir a una Europa interoperable

    23 June 2023

    El actual proyecto del Consejo sobre la Ley de Europa Interoperable limita el Consejo de la Europa Interoperable (Interoperable Europe Board, en inglés), excluyendo a las partes interesadas de contribuir a una Europa más interoperable e innovadora. También hace falta una redacción mejorada en el ámbito de la supervisión y la presupuestación. 

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    Germany: dPhoenix on the road to failure?

    06 June 2023

    A Free Software office and collaboration suite for the public sector is one of the projects with which the German government aims to fulfil the goals of the coalition agreement. But a closer look at the project raises questions: Where is the source code? Who is responsible? What happens to the public money involved? We asked the relevant ministry.  

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    Ley de IA e Interoperabilidad + Encuesta de la Libertad del Enrutador + Podcast varios, YH4F & Ada

    06 June 2023

    En junio tenemos novedades sobre la Ley Europea de Interoperabilidad y la Regulación de la IA, publicamos nuestra encuesta europea de la Libertad del Enrutador. Estuvimos en dos podcast y fuimos el 'Member of the spotlight' de Edri. Nuevo estudio sobre la regulación de la neutralidad en la red, lee la historia de la llegada de Ada la India rural.  

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    Ley de Europa Interoperable: el Comité de las Regiones falla sustancialmente en la promoción del Software Libre

    24 May 2023

    El Comité Europeo de las Regiones aprobó su posicionamiento sobre la Ley de Europea Interoperable. El cuerpo representativo de la UE ha fallado a la hora de reconocer la importancia que el Software Libre tiene para la interoperabilidad y, por tanto, para la digitalización y la innovación. Esto remarca la relevancia de la participación de la Comunidad del Software Libre en el planificado Comité de Europa Interoperable.  

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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.  

    FOSS-North & LLW +++ Neutralidad del Dispositivo +++ NGI Zero

    03 May 2023

    En este boletín electrónico, lee sobre el proyecto NGI Zero de la UE, LWW, la FOSS-North, y la lucha de los estudiantes lituanos por evitar usar un sistema propietario 2FA. Nuevo episodio SFP sobre la Neutralidad del Dispositivo, y dos interesantes artículos, disfruta de las últimas lecturas de ‘Ada & Zangemann’ y descubre dos proyectos YH4F.  

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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.  

    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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    Ley europea de Responsabilidad e Interoperabilidad + Libertad parcial en Grecia

    04 April 2023

    En abril discutimos las propuestas de la UE afectando al Software Libre: introducción de las reglas de responsabilidad en el software y Ley de Interoperabilidad Europea. Grecia asegura la Libertad del Enrutador pero excluye las conexiones de fibra.  

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    The Interoperable Europe Act needs a “Free Software first” approach

    23 March 2023

    La Ley sobre la Europa Interoperable (IEA, por sus siglas en inglés) pretende ayudar a la administración pública a compartir, reutilizar e integrar tecnologías de la información y datos a través de las fronteras. Faltan normas claras con actividades y presupuesto concretos. Se pasa por alto el papel de la sociedad civil y aún no hay definiciones claras de Software Libre y Estándares Abiertos. 

    Painting of a women surrounded by flowers. Text: “Diversity drives innovation – when we limit who can contribute, we in turn limit what problems we can solve.” – Telly Whitney

    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.  

    Fotos de gente y de un medidor de pulsos

    Los dispositivos médicos deberían llevar Software Libre +++ 25 vídeos nuevos

    07 March 2023

    Nuevo podcast sobre la necesidad de que los dispositivos médicos lleven Software Libre. Echa un vistazo a las charla que impartimos en FOSDEM y varios videos que resuelven cuestiones legales. Los participantes del YH4F ya están programando. Gracias a todas las contribuciones, nuestra campaña de recaudación de fondos terminó exitosamente. Noticias de la comunidad de 9 países.  

    Call for papers is open

    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. 

    Gracias por vuestro apoyo

    ¡Gracias por ayudanos a alcanzar nuestro objetivo!

    15 February 2023

    Gracias a vuestras valiosas aportaciones* hemos alcanzado nuestro objetivo de recaudación de fondos. Gracias por vuestra confianza y apoyo, incluso en estos tiempos difíciles. Estos fondos nos ayudarán a impulsar nuestras campañas y a organizar eventos y charlas para difundir nuestro trabajo, al tiempo que seguimos promoviendo la libertad del software. 

      FSFE's booth at one event

      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! 

      Some of the FSFE team hiking in Bolzano

      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!.  

      Tres fotos. La municipalidad de Dortmund, una foto de una persona delante de un anuncio publicitario de GNU Health, un espacio de experimentación de electrónica.

      Noticias prometeroras de Bélgica y Dortmund +++ Seguridad TI +++ Oferta de empleo

      10 January 2023

      La municipalidad de Dortmund abraza el Software Libre y Bélgica trabaja para asegurar la Libertad del Enrutador. Una criptógrafa analiza la seguridad TI. Un ecosistema de salud digital licencia sus archivos con la herramienta REUSE. Buscamos un coordinador de oficina. Deseamos verles en los próximos eventos FOSDEM y I Love Free Software.  

      I love Free Software Day

      ♥ 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.  

      Hugo Roy

      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.  

      Till Jaeger sitting on some stairs

      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.  

      Podcast recorder and headphones with a rose and ballons in the background

      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.  

      Three different sizes of coin piles with seeds growing on top of them

      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.  

      Logo of the Software Freedom Podcast

      SFP#5 acerca de la regulación con el Profesor Lawrence Lessig

      09 April 2020

      Para nuestro Podcast de la Libertad del Software hablamos con personas que tienen ideas inspiradoras acerca de la libertad del software. En este episodio, conversamos con el Profesor Lawrence Lessig, fundador de Creative Commons, acerca de la regulación de la sociedad, en la vida real y en internet, sobre diferentes medios de regulación, y nos aclara las normativas a través del código.  

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      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.  

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      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.  

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      SFP#1 on Day Against DRM with Cory Doctorow

      12 October 2019

      We have a Podcast! Starting with this episode, we will talk once a month with people who have inspiring ideas about software freedom. In our first episode of our Software Freedom Podcast, we address the issue of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) together with Cory Doctorow, a British-Canadian writer, political activist, and co-editor of the blog boingboing.net. Cory Doctorow is a prominent supporter of software freedom and a less restrictive copyright law. His books are published under Creative Commons licenses.