Benigànim signs Open Letter +++ Interview with city of Bühl +++ New Podcast

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 = Benigànim signs Open Letter +++ Interview with city of Bühl +++ New Podcast =

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>From hackathons to apps to public administrations: Read about the recent
successes in Europe regarding Free Software in our July Newsletter. Also
find videos from multiple online events where the FSFE was represented
and read about our diverse community activities.

 == When many people do many small things together ==

We just sent out a big thank you to all the people who supported us over
the years and who are supporting us now. With their help we have been
able to build trust and grow expertise in the last decade and to cope
with troubling times introduced with the global spread of the corona
virus and its dramatic effects. With your help we even have been able to
raise attention that we need global solutions to tackle global problems
[1]. And we have been heard.

Members from our community convinced public hackathons to publish their
results under free licenses. International and national political fora
continue to demand that contact tracing apps have to be Free Software.
Many national authorities are complying with these demands. Also in the
last months, administrations in Hamburg, the Netherlands and Spain
committed to use and focus more on Free Software. These are the positive
developments we have seen in the last months - despite the crisis - and
these are the fruits of our long-term commitment and your long-term
support [2].

It's now time to share this good news. Let people know that Free
Software matters even, or especially, in such difficult times introduced
to us by the coronavirus. Use the chance yourself to order our
professional promotion material [3], to talk with your friends,
neighbours, employers or anyone else about the benefits of Free

Written on the leftovers of the Berlin Wall is an African saying: "Many
small people who in many small places do many small things that can
alter the face of the world." This is exactly what we have been doing
since 2001 and we encourage you to join us today [4]!

 == ¿Dinero público? ¡Código Público! ==

"¿Dinero público? ¡Código Público!" - this is the Spanish translation of
"Public Money? Public Code!" [5] and a demand that circulates on and on.
After the city of Barcelona [6] and the Parliament of Asturias [7], the
Municipality of Benigànim is now the third administration in Spain who
signed our open letter demanding public code [8].

This provides good motivation for our new Spanish team, which is
currently finding form with the aim to influence even more
administrations to sign the open letter but also for more than 28.600
individuals who signed our call as well.


The biggest financial impact the FSFE faces in these times of physical
distancing is the cancellation of Free Software conferences, including
our own events. To keep the software freedom movement solid and alive,
please consider donating a part of your conference budget to Free
Software organisations, including the FSFE [9].


 == What have we done? Inside and outside the FSFE ==

- The Municipality of Benigànim in Spain signed our open letter "Public
  Money? Public Code!" [10]

- Peter Bittner used the Swiss holiday time to offer "Software
  development for girls and boys, with Free Software and Linux" [11] and
  to share the FSFE's educational material.

- In our sixth Software Freedom Podcast [12] we invited Miriam
  Ballhausen to talk with us about copyright enforcement. Miriam is a
  German lawyer who specialises in Free Software copyright questions.
  Together we cover the basics about Free Software licensing and discuss
  how Free Software copyright can be enforced, what the steps to enforce
  it are, and why it is often enforced in Germany. We also explore how
  the REUSE project [13] could help with being in compliance with Free
  Software licenses.

- The town of Bühl, in the south-west of Germany, started a video
  conference platform, called “Palim! Palim!” based on the Free Software
  “Jitsi Meet”, to ease the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown for their
  citizens. After a striking success, the FSFE conducted an interview
  with Eduard Itrich [14], the digitisation officer from the town of

- Unlike many other European countries, Denmark keeps the source code of
  their Coronavirus tracing app a secret [15]. This goes directly
  against the most recent recommendations from the WHO as well as the EU
  eHealth network. We hope that they reconsider and publish the code
  under a free license as soon as possible.

- Our Public Policy Manager, Alexander Sander, was invited to "forum
  digital: Alles Open - oder was?" [16] in Berlin, Germany ( video [17]
  ). On stage, Alexander discussed the idea of Open-X and examples such
  as Free Software, open standards and interfaces.

- Lucas Lasota, FSFE's Deputy Legal Coordinator, gave a talk at the
  online-version of OpenExpo Europe ( video [18] ). Lucas explained how
  Free Software is essential for the future of the Internet [19]. In
  particular how REUSE [20] can help everybody to have copyright and
  licensing information properly displayed.

- At the online version of OW2Con, FSFE's volunteer Vincent Lequertier
  talked about the upcoming Challenges in Artificial Intelligence
  Research and Development [21] with regard to Free Software ( video
  [22] ).

- Also at the online version of OW2Con, our Legal Coordinator, Gabriel
  Ku Wei Bin, presented our work with the European Commission's Next
  Generation Internet Initiative [23] ( video [24] ).

- Björn Schießle, FSFE's Germany Coordinator, gave a webinar about Free
  Software at the HDM Stuttgart [25], Germany.

- Iain R. Learmonth reports how he tracks GPS traces for OpenStreetMap
  using a handheld radio [26] and converts the data afterwards.

 == Get Active ==

Tell people about our recent successes and the good developments we have
seen regarding Free Software [27] in the last months. Show other people
that Free Software is not a niche phenomenon but at the core of our
global and future development, and that more and more administrations,
institutions and people understand the benefits of Free Software and
demand its usage. If you need some help and inspiration, order our
professional promotion material [28].

 == In-memoriam notice ==

With deep mourning we have received knowledge of the death of Andreas
Hilboll. The mathematician became one of our first supporting members in
2006. Andreas regularly told us about his activities or gave us
suggestions for improvement; for example we implemented his suggestion
to switch to fair-trade-products in our online shop and have relied on
these products wherever possible since then.

We will miss Andreas as a person who supported our goal to empower
people to control technology with all his heart and we will continue to
work towards these goals, which were important to Andreas for over 14

Our condolences go out to his family and relatives, his friends and the
people he worked with to spread software freedom.

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Thanks to our community, all the volunteers [30], supporters [31] and
donors [32] who make our work possible. And thanks to our translators
[33], who enable you to read this newsletter in your native languages.

Your editor,

Erik Albers


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