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.
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!
- What is copyright? Can I copy someone else’s work? Read and watch our explanatory videos on Frequently asked legal questions.
- ‘Refund of Payments for Pre-Installed Software’, ‘De-Monopolizing Access to EU Applications’ and many more hot topics from FOSDEM 2023.
- 10 new ‘Thank you!’ videos to Free Software programs from our I Love Free Software Day.
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!
- The coding period of the second Youth Hacking 4 Freedom competition is on! Our 70 participants are meeting online regularly and engaging in discussions while helping each other and networking in a Matrix chat until the end of the coding period.
- Thanks to your valuable contributions, we have reached our fundraising target. Thank you for your confidence and support, even in these difficult times.
- Check out the iheartsteam teachers’ podcast series which hosted Matthias Kirschner for the book Ada & Zangemann.
- Our community loves Free Hardware too! This ‘thank you’ note to the Libre-SOC project is one of the latest articles you can find in our Planet.
Online & 🇩🇪 Germany: On 10 March 2023 Johannes Näder, FSFE Policy Project Manager, will participate in the workshop "Free and Open Software as a central component of diverse, sustainable digital ecosystems" in the German Bundestag [DE]. You need to register in order to watch it livestreamed..
🇩🇪 Germany: An author reading of “Ada & Zangemann – A fairy tale about software, skateboards and raspberry ice cream” will take place in the German city of Traunstein. Kulturforum Klosterkirche Traunstein on March 14.
🇸🇪 Sweden: On 24-25 April the FSFE invites you to join the foss-north conference.
🇺🇸 USA: An author reading of “Ada & Zangemann” will take place in Boston at the Convention and Exhibition Center on March 18.
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.
🇩🇰 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.
🇩🇪 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.
🇮🇹 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.
👩🏽🔧 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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