FSFE Newsletter June 2018

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 = FSFE Newsletter June 2018 =

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/nl/nl-201806.el.html ]

 == Join us at the FSFE's community meeting during LSM2018 ==

>From July 7 to 9, the FSFE will run its annual community meeting in
conjunction with the Libre Software Meeting [1] in Strasbourg, France.
On the weekend of July 7 + 8, we are very excited to run a track, set up
with speakers of our community and friends to cover several burning
topics regarding Free Software. Our track covers business topics like
marketing for Free Software and funding Free Software projects as well
as policy topics from tinkering in Brussels to success factors for Free
Software implementations in public services as well as contemporary
important issues regarding diversity in Free Software, software freedom
in the cloud, and many more. You can find an overview of our topics on
the dedicated wiki page [2].

On July 9, we invite our community to join us for a full day agenda [3]
to bond and prepare for the next months. The meeting will include "Open
Space" methods, an "Ask us anything" session as well as room for
reflections on our current activities and well-being.

Throughout the event, we will run FSFE assembly, similar to the one
during CCC, CCCamp and SHA camp. This assembly can serve as a place for
our community to simply come together and get to know each other or to
start and work on common projects.

 == Introducing the FSFE's CARE team ==

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and its community aim to
offer a friendly and peaceful environment for every participant at FSFE
events, online and offline. To this end, the General Assembly 2017 [4]
adopted an overall Code of Conduct [5] for the FSFE. To ensure its
availability and enforcement, we created a central CARE team. If you
have experienced or became aware of behaviour contrary to the principles
guaranteed in this Code of Conduct, please bring such incidents to the
attention of your respective local or our central CARE team as soon as

The central CARE team [6] may be reached via e-mail at care at fsfe.org but
you can also contact members individually. This is possible with
encrypted email and in six languages. Rest assured that your messages
will always be handled confidentially.


Join our community of freedom fighters. [7]


 == What else have we done? Inside and Outside the FSFE ==

- Following more than a decade long tradition, the FSFE once again led
  its annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop [8] (LLW) in
  2018: a meeting point for world-leading legal experts to debate issues
  and best practices surrounding Free Software licences.

- The Technology Transfer Centre (CTT) is an initiative run by the
  Spanish government whose goal is to facilitate sharing and reuse of
  software and services among public administrations. To shed light on
  this best practice, we have conducted an interview with Elena Muñoz
  Salinero [9], head of the CTT, to ask her about the legal, political,
  and technological background of the CTT.

- The mission of Software Heritage is to collect, preserve, and make
  readily available the source code of all software ever written, to
  help preserve the knowledge embedded in software source code, and make
  it widely available. Since June 7, the Software Heritage archive is
  open to the public [10].

- Diderik von Wingerden started a list of public bodies [11] in Europe
  and in particular in the Netherlands, that publish their self-
  developed software as Free Software.

- vanitasvitae blogged a first evaluation [12] of his research about how
  the size of OpenPGP encrypted messages grow.

- Daniel Pocock proposes to offer an annual award [13] for non-technical
  non-profit organizations, who demonstrate exemplary use of free
  software in their own organization.

- The FSFE simplifies membership procedures [14] for contributors by
  removing the Fellowship seats. In future, access to membership of the
  FSFE shall be facilitated through the normal membership procedures for
  active FSFE contributors.

- On Friday morning, one of our servers had a fatal hardware crash. This
  affected parts of our mail infrastructure and mailing lists. By now,
  all services are back to normal. At the same time, we modernised large
  parts of the mail infrastructure [15], for instance anti-spam
  measures. This also involves a change in our SMTP setting for people
  using this service: From now on, we will no longer accept mails
  delivered to port 25 from mail clients. Please make sure to use port
  587 if you would like to send emails, and make sure the settings in
  your email clients match our recommendations [16].

- The FSFE, represented by Matthias Kirschner, Max Mehl, and Erik
  Albers, gave talks about technical sovereignty, digital sustainability
  and "Public Money? Public Code!" in Darmstadt [17], Berlin, Paris
  [18], and Madrid [19].

- The FSFE community ran booths at FOSS Backstage and Maker Fair in
  Berlin, Germany and at OpenExpo in Madrid, Spain.

 == FSFE is hiring ==

We are looking for a programme manager for our policy work. Our main
policy topics cover Free Software and Open Standards issues on the EU
and member state level. We work together with the European Commission
and Parliament, as well as with politicians and civil servants in EU
countries. This work is either done directly by staff or together with
volunteers, as well as other Free Software and digital rights
associations around Europe.

The person will work 35 hours per week with our team in the FSFE's
Berlin office. There will be coordination with remote staff and
volunteers, as well as regular travels to Brussels and other countries.
If you are interested, read more details in our job announcement [20].

 == Contribute to our newsletter ==

If you would like to share any thoughts, pictures, or news, send them to
us. As always, the address is newsletter at fsfe.org [21]. We're looking
forward to hearing from you!

Thanks to our community, all the volunteers [22], supporters [23] and
donors [24] who make our work possible. And thanks to our translators
[25], who enable you to read this newsletter in your mother tongue.

Your editor,

Erik Albers


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  1: https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/LSMandCommunityMeeting2018
  2: https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/LSMandCommunityMeeting2018#Join_our_track_at_the_Libre_Software_Meeting
  3: https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/LSMandCommunityMeeting2018#Join_community_meeting_and_the_FSFE_Assembly
  4: https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20171107-01
  5: https://fsfe.org/about/codeofconduct
  6: https://fsfe.org/about/codeofconduct#CARE
  7: https://fsfe.org/join/nl2018-06
  8: https://fsfe.org/news/2018/news-20180530-02
  9: https://fsfe.org/news/2018/news-20180601-01
 10: https://www.softwareheritage.org/2018/06/07/opening-the-door/
 11: http://think-innovation.com/blog/do-european-governments-publish-open-source-software/
 12: https://blogs.fsfe.org/vanitasvitae/2018/06/11/summer-of-code-evaluation-and-key-lengths/
 13: https://danielpocock.com/pmpc-for-fsfe-itself
 14: https://fsfe.org/news/2018/news-20180526-01
 15: https://fsfe.org/news/2018/news-20180613-01
 16: http://wiki.fsfe.org/TechDocs/SMTP
 17: https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/2018/FSFERM-talk-kirschner-in-DA
 18: https://www.ow2con.org/view/2018/
 19: https://openexpoeurope.com/session/public-money-public-code/
 20: https://fsfe.org/news/2018/news-20180529-01
 21: https://fsfe.org/mailto:newsletterATfsfeDOTorg
 22: https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute
 23: https://fsfe.org/join
 24: https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus
 25: https://fsfe.org/contribute/translators/translators
 26: https://fsfe.org/join/nl2018-06

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