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Medical Devices Should Use Free Software +++ 25 New Videos


In this issue we have a podcast episode about the need that medical devices have Free Software. Watch our talks from FOSDEM and videos about legal issues when developing. Participants of YH4F are already coding. Thanks to all your contributions, our fundraising ended successfully. We bring community news from 9 countries.

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My Medical Device, My Software


Karen Sandler relies on a medical device to keep her heart pumping. She had a critical moment when her defibrillator misread her condition and she had no access to tweak the device. Since then, Karen has been on an odyssey to persuade doctors and manufacturers to embrace software freedom in medical devices. She recalls a case of a neurotechnology company that ended its support of retina implants. Despite such cases, things can improve in healthcare as more tech savvy people need medical devices. Listen to Karen’s interview in our Software Freedom Podcast

Binge-watch our videos

We have published 25 videos this month!

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Niharika thanks Big Blue Button.

In our own Peertube instance you can always find our latest videos and leave comments! So, how to do it? If you have an account on any ActivityPub-compatible instance, e.g. PeerTube, Mastodon, or Pleroma, copy the URL of the video and paste it into the "Search" box of for example your Mastodon’s web interface. Comment from there!


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FSFE community

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Group picture from Madrid

Our community celebrated ‘I Love Free Software Day’ all around Europe. The FSFE local groups in Spain, England, Portugal, Greece, Germany, and Switzerland took up the call of the FSFE to get together and celebrate their love for software freedom in person. The Italian community organized an online event and even Free Software contributors from outside the FSFE joined the call and organised meetings like the ones in Austria and Barcelona.

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Special kudos to the FSFE Greece local group that celebrated this day in Thessaloniki, their first time organizing an event in this Greek city.

🇩🇰 Denmark: The FSFE local group in Aarhus gave a presentation about "Free Software and Permaculture" at Højskolen Mors discussing the importance of sustainability through refurbishment and resource-saving Free Software.

In other news, one hot topic for the Aarhus FSFE local group is the current discussion by the Danish Data Protection Authority about whether the use of Chromebooks and Google Workspace for Education in schools is legal.

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Øjvind Fritjof Arnfred from FSFE local group Aarhus. Denmark, February 2023

🇩🇪 Germany: The local group Berlin and the LinuxWorks LUG discussed Berlin elections, addressed server configuration problems of private servers, and noticed that old accounts in the Fediverse revived after the recent changes at Twitter.

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On Stage! In Berlin

🇮🇹 Italy: The Merano group created its own wiki.

🇳🇱 Netherlands: The FSFE country team Netherlands had a core meeting to discuss its strategy and will meet again on 15 March.

🇨🇭Switzerland: The next meeting is on 9 March.

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Cool vibes in Zurich

👩🏽‍🔧 Women: The FSFE Women team discussed wiki software: Gollum, a git-based Wiki, and PmWiki, a wiki-based content-management system (CMS) for collaborative creation and maintenance of websites.

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