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FSFE Newsletter June 2019

Written by  Avaldatud  

This month's newsletter highlights the Google/Huawei case and the greater picture it reveals to us. In the Get Active section we call for your proactivity in promoting the use of Free Software. Additionally, you can find out what happened at our Web-a-thon in Frankfurt am Main and view some media of the actions we have taken for promoting and increasing the awareness of Free Software to the wider audience, as well as see what's planned for the near future, where you can take part in.

The Google - Huawei Lessons

Last month, Google blacklisted and blocked Huawei from accessing all its proprietary components of the Android mobile operating system. The California based tech giant had to comply with the executive order issued by the U.S. government to effectively ban all American companies from trading with Huawei. While the Chinese telco will not have access to Google's proprietary components, it will nevertheless be able to use those parts of Android's operating system available under the open source licence, which is free for anyone to use. This highlights the importance that Free Software has for users, public bodies, and businesses. The Free Software Foundation Europe presented three essential lessons from this case:

  1. Free Software enables control over technology: The more important technology becomes in our daily lives, the more relevant Free Software becomes for individual users.
  2. The EU is overly reliant on foreign sources of technology: The European Union and its member states should invest in Free Software development and focus on supporting local Free Software organisations and businesses. This can foster greater technological independence for the EU economy.
  3. Free Software gives companies technological independence.: A company that uses proprietary software is dependent on such software's vendor and the government that regulates it. The best strategy for a company to avoid this is to use as much Free Software as possible in their supply chains.

Read more details about these lessons in our press release.


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Do not miss: upcoming events with the FSFE

As with every month, we are trying to spread the word and help individuals and organisations understand what Free Software is and how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination. If you are interested in seeing us in action and join our cause, keep in mind the following dates and locations in the coming few months:

What have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE

Since the last newsletter we have been very active in promoting the Free Software cause, by helping individuals and organisations have a better understanding of what Free Software is and encouraging them to develop and implement it in their lives. We want to share with you the events we have photos and videos for, below:

Our web-a-thon in Frankfurt.
Our web-a-thon in Frankfurt.
Some of the people behind fixing the FSFE's website during the 2nd web-a-thon for the year
Some of the people behind fixing the FSFE's website during the 2nd web-a-thon for the year
Lucas Lasota at the Libre Graphics Meetings in Saarbrücken
Lucas Lasota at the Libre Graphics Meetings in Saarbrücken
The FSFE booth at Veganmania in Vienna
The FSFE booth at Veganmania in Vienna
Matthias Kirschner keynote at OW2 in Paris
Matthias Kirschner keynote at OW2 in Paris
Erik Albers and Pablo González Otero at the OpenExpo in Madrid
Erik Albers and Pablo González Otero at the OpenExpo in Madrid
Alexander Sander talks about PMPC at the Libertybits event in Sofia, Bulgaria
Alexander Sander talks about PMPC at the Libertybits event in Sofia, Bulgaria
Galia Mancheva presents the Copyright Directive updates at the Libertybits in Sofia, Bulgaria
Galia Mancheva presents the Copyright Directive updates at the Libertybits in Sofia, Bulgaria

Get Active

Do you remember that some years ago the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung (TAZ) received the Document Freedom Day Award for delivering its electronic paper to its subscribers in a choice of open formats, and without digital restrictions (DRM)? This year, the TAZ newspaper went a step further and even launched their taz.app on f-droid under a Free Software license. This is a great example for other newspapers to follow. Contact your favourite newspaper and demand they follow the TAZ's example of giving users freedom of choice and technical control.

Contribute to our newsletter

If you would like to share any thoughts, pictures, or news, send them to us. As always, the address is newsletter@fsfe.org. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

If you also want to support us and our work, join our community and support us with a donation or a monthly contribution: https://my.fsfe.org/support

Thanks to our community, all the volunteers, supporters and donors who make our work possible. And thanks to our translators, who enable you to read this newsletter in your mother tongue.

Your editors,

The FSFE team


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