FSFE Local group in Belgium

Nico Rikken nico.rikken at fsfe.org
Sun Nov 13 08:20:57 UTC 2022

Hi S├ębastien,

Thanks for the initiative! No there isn't a local group Belgium or even ones with a smaller regional scope. I'd be happy to help start something up if needed and similarly I think the FSFE Core team can assist.

I kept hoping for a Belgium initiative to pop up, that is why we kept the BNL meetup at FOSDEM around.

I'm mostly curious how you'll deal with language barriers. In the Netherlands group we switch to English if needed. Then again, this is something for you to find out what works. Similarly for physical vs online meetings. The Big Blue Button instance from the FSFE works very well for us in the Netherlands as we're spread out over the country.

With my limited Belgian connections I created this page to list groups and organisations of relevance: https://wiki.fsfe.org/LocalGroups/BNL/BE/Landscape That might also be groups to reach out to find other supporters. I saw Nicholas already mentioned some groups as well. I'm even in some now to promote the Router Freedom related consultation by BIPT: https://www.bipt.be/operatoren/publication/raadpleging-over-een-ontwerpbesluit-betreffende-de-identificering-van-het-netwerkaansluitpunt-voor-de-breedbanddiensten-en-tv-diensten
Deadline is the 17th so it is still possible to write to the consultation. Sam, Lucas and I have been busy with this for now. Would be really good to have a local group for the future.

We'll have our Dutch local group get-together next Wednesday, you are more then welcome to join.

I really hope something comes of this, if only something small.

Nico Rikken
Coordinator Netherlands
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