35 years FSF +++ Participation at SFSCon +++ Technical job vacancy

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 = 35 years FSF +++ Participation at SFSCon +++ Technical job vacancy =

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Read in our October newsletter about FSF's thirty-fifth anniversary, our
upcoming participation at SFSCon, our technical job vacancy, and our
other diverse community activities.

 == Congratulations to the FSF on its thirty-fifth anniversary ==

35 years ago [1], our sister organisation, the Free Software Foundation
[2], was founded to work for users' freedoms to use, study, share, and
improve software with the introductory line that *"Our work will not be
finished until every computer user is able to do all of their digital
tasks in complete freedom"*. That is a promise that holds true even
after thirty-five years of working for software freedom and inspiring
countless people and many organisations to take a stand for user
freedoms. The FSFE's President, Matthias Kirschner, recorded a
congratulatory speech [3] in which he reflected on the importance the
FSF and our movement have had and continue to have over the years.

 == Participation at SFSCon ==

The South Tyrolean Conference for Free Software, SFScon, is one of the
established annual conferences on Free Software in Europe. In recent
years we have been represented with lectures, workshops and our
information booth. Last year we also organised our Community Event in
the context of SFSCON, so that we could meet our community and also many
other interested people, and eventually reported about our work [4].

Due to the current situation, the 2020 edition of this event can only
take place in blended mode: both online and at NOI Techpark, for a
limited number of people. But of course, the FSFE is again contributing
to the programme.

We have organised seven lectures in which legal issues are clarified and
current political developments are analysed. Concrete practical
questions concerning compliance, for example for SMEs, will be
addressed, as well as questions about machine learning and problems
which arise in the development of a "free" smartphone. Here you find
more information on our track and the SFSCon2020 [5]


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 [6].


 == Technical job vacancy ==

The FSFE is looking for a working student [7] to support our work to
empower people to control technology. The person will work 10 hours per
week in the Berlin office (home office possible at a later stage) and
will support the FSFE's technical infrastructure by working closely
together with our system administrators. Deadline to apply is Sunday, 15
November 2020. Please share this with others you know who might be

 == Upcoming events ==

- At the OSSEU2020 Alexander Sander will talk [8] about how Free
  Software enables global solutions for global problems.

- At the Privacy Week Alexander Sander will talk [9] about our "Public
  Money? Public Code!" campaign and why Free Software helps to tackle a
  global crisis.

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

- For the seventh episode of our Software Freedom Podcast [10] we talked
  with Vincent Lequertier about transparency, fairness, and
  accessibility as crucial criteria for artificial intelligence (AI) and
  why it is important for our society to release AI software under a
  Free Software license.

- In his keynote at Software Freedom Kosova 2020 [11] Alexander Sander,
  FSFE's EU Public Policy Manager, provided a brief overview of the
  FSFE's previous and ongoing activities to foster software freedom in
  Europe, on the levels of politics, legal work with enterprises, and
  general public awareness. The keynote was followed by a workshop two
  weeks later.

- At the "openSUSE + LibreOffice Virtual Conference" (oSLO), Alexander
  Sander gave a talk [12] about the advantages of using Free Software in
  the public sector, about what we have learnt from the corona crisis,
  and why it is even more important to use Free Software now than ever

- We are grateful to Lioh Möller who coordinated the FSFE country team
  Switzerland and welcome the new coordinator Gian-Maria Daffré with
  Ralf Hersel as vice-coordinator. The Swiss group is well known for
  their Free Software education portal Lernen wie die Profis (learning
  like a pro) [13] and the news-zine and podcast gnulinux.ch [14].

- The Berlin coordinator Erik Grun together with Katja Jäger gave a talk
  [15] about Free Software for the digital society in education at the
  re:publica campus in Berlin.

 == Contribute to our newsletter ==

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

If you also want to support us and our work, join our community and
support us with a donation or a monthly contribution [16].

Thanks to our community and all the volunteers [17], supporters [18],
and donors [19] who make our work possible. And thanks to our
translators [20], who enable you to read this newsletter in your native

Your editors, Erik Albers and Alexander Sander


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  1: https://www.fsf.org/events/fsf35
  2: https://fsf.org
  3: https://fsfe.org/news/2020/news-20201009-01.el.html
  4: https://fsfe.org/news/2019/news-20191205-01.el.html
  5: https://fsfe.org/news/2020/news-20201019-01.el.html
  6: https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl
  7: https://fsfe.org/news/2020/news-20201005-01.el.html
  8: https://osseu2020.sched.com/event/eCVu
  9: https://cfp.privacyweek.at/pw20/talk/BU7HK9/
 10: https://fsfe.org/news/podcast/episode-7.el.html
 11: https://sfk.flossk.org/
 12: https://events.opensuse.org/conferences/oSLO/program/proposals/3247
 13: https://lernenwiedieprofis.ch/
 14: https://gnulinux.ch/
 15: https://campus.re-publica.com/en/session/freie-software-digitale-gesellschaft
 16: https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=nl-202009
 17: https://fsfe.org/contribute
 18: https://my.fsfe.org/support
 19: https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus
 20: https://fsfe.org/contribute/translators
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 22: https://community.fsfe.org/t/531

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