FSFE Newsletter - February 2016

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 = FSFE Newsletter - February 2016 =

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/nl/nl-201602.el.html ]

 == FSFE turns 15 ==

In 2016, the Free Software Foundation Europe is looking forward towards
an exciting year. This is the year when we are celebrating our 15th
birthday and that will give us the chance to look back, to see and show
how your support brought us here. However, we are also looking forward
to mastering the challenges ahead.

Since 2001, a lot has evolved for the good, including the changes that
we could not think of once a small team of volunteers from different
countries decided to come together in the Villa Vogelsang in Essen,
Germany, and to found the Free Software Foundation Europe[1]. Since
then, this initial team of activists grew together as friends, FSFE
received the Theodor Heuss Medal for our work for freedom in the
information society[2], we became an influential voice on national and
European level, we have our third president in office and we became a
European wide organisation with a permanent staff team. All of this
would not have been possible without the help of you, our Fellows. Your
advice, your support, your financial contribution, your local
activities, your viral marketing, your campaign projects and all the
time you dedicated to us are priceless and what made us strong. We are
overwhelmed and happy that in 2016, the Free Software Foundation Europe
is carried upon thousands of shoulders. This is why we dedicate this
year to you, our Fellows, our community.

We will come up with some activities and stories for you as a thank you
during the year and in memory of our 15 years of existence. Let's start
this with celebrating the I love Free Software day on February 14 as
colourfully as possible. Join us in spreading love towards Free Software
and their developers[3]. And don't miss to already save the date from
September 2nd to 4th[4] as a core event in 2016. This is the weekend we
will organise our first FSFE summit - for and by you. More information
will follow.

 == Document Freedom Day is given into the hands of the Digital Freedom Foundation ==

Half as old as the FSFE is our Document Freedom Day campaign, celebrated
for the first time in 2008 to oppose the adoption of Microsoft's OOXML
standard[5] - and then turned itself into an annual day to celebrate
Open Standards. During the years we had hundreds events all over the
globe, we have seen impressive artwork, inspiring comics and videos and
we have seen political parties, companies and non-profit organisations
using Document Freedom Day to let the world know about the power and
freedom of interoperability.

In 2016, however, the FSFE hands over Document Freedom Day campaign to
the Digital Freedom Foundation[6], the organisation that is best known
for organising the Software Freedom Day. This way, the FSFE sees the
potential to further broaden Document Freedom Day as the international
day of Open Standards and to further decentralise the campaign's
concept. This year, Document Freedom Day will be on March 30, 2016.

 == MEPs vote for more Free Software in public sector ==

On 19 January, the European Parliament adopted in Plenary its own-
initiative report "Towards a Digital Single Market" prepared by the co-
rapporteurs Kaja Kallas (ALDE) from the Industry, Research and Energy
Committee (ITRE) and Evelyne Gebhardt (S D) from Internal Market and
Consumers Protection Committee (IMCO). The FSFE's policy team has
amended the draft report and is pleased to see that the final version
adopted in the Plenary includes several positive statements concerning
Free Software.

In particular, the report urges the European Commission and the Council
of the EU to increase the share of Free Software and its reuse in public
administrations as a solution to increase interoperability. The report
also promotes the security advantages of Free Software, and calls the EU
to commit to the increased use of Free Software in educational
establishments and public administrations. We hope that the European
Commission will follow the example of the Parliament and will implement
the recommendations to increase the use of Free Software in public

 == Out of the community ==

Daniel Pocock blogs about the freedom to leave your phone offline or at
home[7], and argues why you should start with buying a watch.

Hook writes about his positive experience with switching to Let's
Encrypt certificates for his server[8] and comes up with some links for
more information to do it yourself.

Many of us feel sad these days about the loss of Ian Murdock. His
contributions to the world of Free Software and the Debian system are
without end. Daniel Pocock gathered some background, feelings and other
people's tributes to Ian Murdock on his blog[9].

Marcus Möller reports and gives a summary about Freedomvote[10] - a
successful 'ask you candidates' campaign that the FSFE Switzerland was
running for this years elections.

Erik Albers made his first experiences with FirefoxOS and asks Mozilla
to put freedom into FirefoxOS market place[11].

The FSFE group Berlin made a Free Software installation party and
liberated 23 PC's with Debian[12] that will be given to refugee
organisations and schools.


 == What else have we done? ==

FSFE provided the European Commission input on setting priorities in ICT
standards and answered to the public consultation on the adoption of a
Priority ICT Standards Plan[13]. In order for the EU to achieve a true
digital single market that is interoperable and pro-competitive, there
is a need for standards that are open, minimalistic and implementable
with Free Software. Other points that have been risen are that a
reference implementation is published under a Free Software licence,
that all software developed with public funds is to be released as Free
Software, and that harmful licensing practices such as FRAND should be
avoided in the fields of software, internet and the web.

Together with April and several other organisations, FSFE signed a joint
disagreement against the partnership agreement signed between France's
ministry of education and Microsoft[14] about IT solutions in school.
The partnership revolves around teachers' training for mastering
Microsoft environment, the provision of a cloud ecosystem and an
e-learning platform which in total amounts to complete control of IT in
French schools under the supervision of Microsoft. With this agreement
the ministry is forcing schools and pupils to a particular proprietary

FSFE had an assembly at the 32nd Chaos Communication Congress[15] in
Hamburg, Germany, including 12 self-organized sessions and the

Just before Christmas and the completion of the EU Data Protection
package, all members of the European Parliament received our e-mail
self-defense leaflet in their mailboxes. This way we wanted to remind
policymakers how important encryption is to everyone's right to


 == Take Action ==

In 2016 we have 15 years of FSFE and 5 years of I love Free Software
Day: Join us in celebrating Free Software by expressing your
appreciation towards Free Software developers on February 14[18]!

As every year, we will have a booth at FOSDEM and a lot of members of
our community will give talks or come to listen to talks. It is one of
the best chances throughout the year to meet many people from the FSFE.


 == Good Free Software news ==

An amendment to the France's upcoming law for the Digital Republic that
obliges public administrations to publish the source code of its custom-
built software solutions[19] was adopted by France's parliament.
Meanwhile another French city, Grenoble, commits to Free Software[20]
that is said to help to increase citzen participation, to cut costs, and
facilitate the sharing of knowledge. Speaking of licences, family of
Free Software licenses has expanded by three new licences written by the
government of the Canadian province of Quebec[21]. This should encourage
the province’s public administrations to share their ICT solutions.

Thanks to all the volunteers[22] , Fellows[23] and corporate donors[24]
who enable our work,

your editors Polina Malaja and Erik Albers FSFE[25]

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  1. http://mail.fsfeurope.org/pipermail/press-release/2001q2/000002.html
  2. https://fsfe.org/news/2010/news-20100510-01.en.html
  3. https://fsfe.org/campaigns/ilovefs/
  4. https://wiki.fsfe.org/FSFE%20summit
  5. https://fsfe.org/news/2008/news-20080220-01
  6. http://documentfreedom.org/news/2016/news-20160122-01.html
  7. http://danielpocock.com/do-you-own-your-phone-or-it-owns-you
  8. http://matija.suklje.name/i-am-using-lets-encrypt-on-my-server-now
  9. http://danielpocock.com/ian-murdock-police-brutality
 10. https://blogs.fsfe.org/mmoeller/2015/12/15/freedomvote-a-summary/
 11. http://blog.3rik.cc/2016/01/put-freedom-into-firefox-os-marketplace/
 12. https://wiki.fsfe.org/FellowshipEvents/Berlin/2016-01-16-Free-Software-Installation
 13. https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160118-01.en.html
 14. https://fsfe.org/news/2015/news-20151203-01.en.html
 15. https://events.ccc.de/congress/2015/wiki/Assembly:Free_Software_Foundation_Europe
 16. http://blog.3rik.cc/2015/12/fsfe-assembly-during-chaos-communication-congress-32c3/
 17. http://blogs.fsfe.org/polina/?p=69
 18. https://fsfe.org/campaigns/ilovefs/
 19. https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/france-parliament-source-code-should-be-made-public
 20. https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/grenoble-commits-free-software
 21. https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/open-source-initiative-approves-quebec-licence
 22. https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute.el.html
 23. http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join
 24. https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus.el.html
 25. https://fsfe.org/index.el.html

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