FSFE Newsletter - September 2016

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 = FSFE Newsletter - September 2016 =

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/nl/nl-201609.el.html ]

 == Words from your editors ==

Thank you for contributing to making the FSFE Summit this past weekend a
huge success! We were excited to see so many familiar faces and we're
eager to meet again soon. Of course, the FSFE Summit was not the only
thing going on in the past month. In this newsletter you can read about
our community's other activities. In the October newsletter, we will
share more of what happened at the Summit. Stay tuned for more!

 == The FSFE's 15 years ==

This year we are celebrating our 15th anniversary[1] and the culmination
of the official celebration took place during the FSFE Summit from the
2nd to the 4th of September. But this celebration should continue
throughout the year: let us use the coming weeks and months to highlight
15 years of our existence, and use this opportunity to spread the word
about free software and our work. Let us highlight our biggest
achievements, recall personal stories and share them through blog posts,
social media, mailing lists, chats and in other ways.

In order to get some inspiration about how you can contribute, you are
welcome to visit our wiki page[2] in which you will find examples and
help to contribute. Some of the work we have carried out in the last 15
years is also available on the revised FSFE timeline[3].

One of our recent accomplishments has been the creation of our FSFE
video[4] to commemorate our birthday. This video has subtitles in no
less than 12 languages, thanks to our amazing volunteer translators.
Check out our new 15th anniversary sticker, which you can order from us
to help spread the word[5], not only for yourself.

 == From the community ==

- Thanks to our translators (mentioned now for the second time in this
  newsletter!), we are able to reach a wide multilingual audience! The
  help of our translators is crucial to our outreach. French translator
  Julien Pivotto has improved the existing translation process to be
  more efficient and accessible. He has written a proposal to change the
  principal concept behind the process[6]. Cryptie and André Ockers held
  a session about this during the summit[7].

- Paul Boddie blogged about the EOMA68 Campaign and some of its
  criticisms[8]. The EOMA68 campaign later succeeded in its fundraising
  and will now be put in production.

- André Ockers also convinced Dutch authorities to remove ads for a non-
  free PDF reader[9] from the official website Digid.nl used to access
  most of the public services in Netherlands.

- Matthias Kirschner blogged about a way to set up a slightly more
  secure solution for home banking[10], letting the browser you use for
  banking run separately from your other browser. In a separate post, he
  also wrote an overview of the positive aspects[11] of Free Software
  included in parties' positions, for the forthcoming Berlin elections.

- Jonas Öberg wrote about the FSFE's group registration with IRC network
  Freenode, which makes it possible to request FSFE affiliated
  cloaks[12]. He also wrote about his experience getting subtitles to
  work with our FSFE video using WebVTT[13].

 == What else have we done? ==

- The FSFE joined the Advisory board of the Document Foundation, whilst
  the Document Foundation became an associated organisation of the
  FSFE[14]. With this mutual expression of support, both organisations
  will strengthen one another in their common goal to keep the general
  public in the technological driver's seat.

- Erik Grun and Erik Albers aligned in the name of the FSFE with several
  other organisations to run a Ask your candidates campaign[15] called
  "Wahlprüfsteine". Questions have been sent to most parties in the
  upcoming elections in Mecklenburg Vorpommern[16] and Berlin[17]. Their
  responses have been analysed and published for the voting public.

- Since August 1st, thanks to a new German law[18], if you are the
  client of a German internet provider, you have the right to use an
  alternative router, ideally one running Free Software. Please provide
  us feedback whether you had any issues running a new router and help
  us to collect it in our wiki page[19]. In case you don't have an
  alternative device at hand, the FSFE's German Coordinator Max Mehl has
  already sent the first Free Software routers to volunteers[20] for
  testing and we can provide more.

- The FSFE was present at FrOSCon 2016 in Sankt Augustin, where our
  Policy Analyst and Legal Coordinator Polina Malaja gave a talk about
  "DSM, EIF, RED: Acronyms on the EU level and why they matter for
  software freedom"[21] (in English), and the German Coordinator Max
  Mehl gave talk about "Routerzwang und Funkabschottung – Was Aktivisten
  davon lernen können"[22] (in German). Max blogged about his conference
  experience and included links to recordings of both talks[23].

 == Take action! ==

 == For our 15 year anniversary (there's a lot of this this month, as you can tell), we are organising the "Get to know your Local Free Software Hero" campaign[24]. The idea is to bring our community members in touch with the local press in the region where they live. Our local heroes explain how the Free Software community affects the people in their region, its benefits for education, health system, local economy and the daily life of the citizens. If you are a journalist, blogger, vlogger, podcaster, or anyone else who can help us to get in touch with a media outlet, please contact us and we will tell you who your local heroes are and how to meet them. Other Free Software news ==

 == The Lithuanian police migrated over 8000 workstations from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice[25]. The Dutch government in its Digital Agenda for 2016-2017 is considering making the use of Open Standards mandatory for public administrations[26], within the aim of providing businesses and citizens with easier access to eGovernment services. The city of Valencia (Spain) is reusing Epoptes[27], a software for managing school PC labs, developed as free software in Greece since 2008. The software is improved by staff members of the city’s IT department, who share their code publicly. The FSFE in the Press ==

- In light of its 15th anniversary, the FSFE received press coverage
  concerning a number of topics. Here are some of these articles for
  further reading:  [EN] by William New, Matthias was quoted by an
  Intellectual Property Watch article about how the New US Government
  Source Code Policy Could Provide Model For Europe[28].

- [IT] [EN] by Sonia Montegiove, Tech Economy, Support to the digital
  freedom with FSFE: a double interview with Matthias Kirschner and
  Alessandro Rubini[29].

- [DE] [AT] by Patrick Dax, Future zone, Concerns regarding the
  limitation of alternative router software[30]. In the article, there
  is a reference to the FSFE's campaign against compulsory routers.

- [EN] by Paul Brown, opensource.com, First ever FSFE Summit celebrates
  free software successes[31].

- [DE] by Hans-Joachim Baader, pro-linux.de, The FSFE compares the
  positions of the parties regarding Free Software for the elections in

- [DE] by Mirko Lindner, pro-linux.de, FSFE und TDF arbeiten enger

- [EN] by Paul Brown, LiNUX.com, First FSFE Summit Will Focus on Social
  Issues and Strategies[34].

- [DE] by Jan Raehm, Deutschlandfunk, Computer programs without
  constraints - the battle for free software[35].

Thanks to all the volunteers[36], Fellows[37] and corporate donors[38]
who enable our work,

your editors Polina Malaja, Erik Albers, Olga Gkotsopoulou and Jonas
Öberg, FSFE[39]

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  1. https://fsfe.org/campaigns/15years/index.el.html
  2. https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/2016/FSFE-15years-birthday/spread-the-word
  3. https://fsfe.org/timeline/timeline
  4. https://fsfe.org/campaigns/15years/15years
  5. https://fsfe.org/contribute/spreadtheword
  6. https://wiki.fsfe.org/TechDocs/Translations
  7. https://conf.qtcon.org/en/qtcon/public/events/757
  8. https://blogs.fsfe.org/pboddie/?p=1314
  9. http://blogs.fsfe.org/ao/2016/08/13/free-software-pdf-campaign-it-isnt-over-until-it-is-over/
 10. https://k7r.eu/setting-up-a-slightly-more-secure-solution-for-home-banking
 11. https://k7r.eu/free-software-in-the-berlin-election-programs/
 12. http://blog.jonasoberg.net/irc-cloaks-on-freenode-available/
 13. http://blog.jonasoberg.net/the-woes-of-webvtt/
 14. https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160817-01
 15. https://fsfe.org/campaigns/ayc
 16. https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160823-01
 17. https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160831-01
 18. https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160725-01
 19. https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/CompulsoryRouters/Implementation/Germany
 20. https://blog.mehl.mx/2016/erste-testgeraete-fuer-routerfreiheit-versendet/
 21. https://programm.froscon.de/2016/events/1797.html
 22. https://programm.froscon.de/2016/events/1738.html
 23. https://blog.mehl.mx/2016/froscon-2016-ein-rueckblick/
 24. https://fsfe.org/campaigns/15years/15years
 25. https://itsfoss.com/lithuanian-police-switches-libreoffice/
 26. https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/epractice/news/dutch-consider-mandatory-egovernment-standards
 27. https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/spain%E2%80%99s-valencia-reuses-greek-pc-lab-software
 28. http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/08/22/new-us-government-source-code-policy-could-provide-model-for-europe/
 29. http://www.techeconomy.it/2016/08/18/sostegno-alla-liberta-digitale-fsfe-intervista-doppia-matthias-kircker-alessandro-rubini/?platform=hootsuite
 30. https://futurezone.at/netzpolitik/bedenken-gegen-einschraenkung-alternativer-router-software/216.155.897
 31. https://opensource.com/life/16/8/fsfe-summit-europe-2016?sc_cid=701600000011jJVAAY
 32. http://www.pro-linux.de/news/1/23900/fsfe-vergleicht-parteipositionen-zu-freier-software-f%C3%BCr-wahl-in-mecklenburg.html
 33. http://www.pro-linux.de/news/1/23878/fsfe-und-tdf-arbeiten-enger-zusammen.html
 34. https://www.linux.com/news/first-fsfe-summit-will-focus-social-issues-and-strategies
 35. http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/computer-programme-ohne-zwaenge-kampf-um-freie-software.684.de.html?dram:article_id=364243
 36. https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute.en.html
 37. http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join
 38. https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus.en.html
 39. https://fsfe.org

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