46 Sign OS Freedom Open Letter +++ Fair Market App +++ Your Digital Rights
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= 46 Sign OS Freedom Open Letter +++ Fair Market App +++ Your Digital Rights =
[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/nl/nl-202205.fi.html ]
In this Issue: an alliance of 46 entities - and counting - supports the
universal right to install any software on any device. Free Software is
being considered for inclusion in the EU Declaration of Digital Rights.
FSFE's transparency in public procurement app gets to EU Datathon
finals. Italian FSFE volunteers prepare tour.
== 46 Entities Request the EU for the Right to Reuse Hardware ==
The EU is redefining their ecodesign criteria for environmentally
friendly electronics. The FSFE provided input by publishing an open
letter  demanding the right to install any software on any electronic
device. This right would allow to keep our devices longer, but it
requires manufacturers to follow certain rules. For example,
manufacturers must be required to unlock bootloaders on all devices,
including computers, tablets and phones; they must also publish full
specifications for every component on the device. This allows us and any
third party to better repair our devices, and even reuse parts of them.
The use of Open Standards is also necessary for devices to communicate
and operate with each other.
Initially 38 organisations  agreed on the necessity of these
conditions and signed the open letter before publication. It is still
possible to sign the letter and more than 45 organisations have now
signed. It speaks volumes that tech companies, right to repair
initiatives, and important environmental organisations support the right
to install any software on any device.
== FSFE's App Prototype Shortlisted to EU Datathon Finals ==
The FSFE System Hackers created an application prototype  aspiring to
connect publicly available tendering and company data and to allow
analysis of this data. The goal of the app is to allow citizens and
experts to monitor suspicious market activity of public interest. The
project idea has been a success and made it to the top six out of 26
entries in the ‘transparency in public procurement’ challenge of the EU
Datathon 2022. Our team has now been invited to further develop the app.
== Update: Digital Rights Declaration ==
The EU is in the process of discussing the Declaration of Digital Rights
and Principles. The European Parliament has now agreed on a common text
 recognising Free Software as a way to ensure transparency in
algorithms and artificial intelligence. The agreed text also stresses
the need for 'trustworthy standards and, wherever possible, open source
standards'. It encourages 'sustainable by design digital technologies
that are durable, repairable, and interoperable, both on hardware and
software level, and banning practices leading to premature
obsolescence'. The FSFE keeps monitoring the ongoing inter-institutional
dialogue trying to make sure that the Parliament proposal remains.
== Update: AI Resolution Passed ==
The European Parliament passed a resolution  on Artificial
Intelligence (AI) with a huge majority. According to the resolution,
public procurement should require Free Software, where appropriate, with
the goal to encourage cross-border collaboration. The Parliament
acknowledges that Free Software can enhance investments and boost
innovation in AI technologies in the EU. The FSFE now urges the
Parliament to transfer its own position into the AI regulation.
== Save the Date! ==
- On 12 May the FSFE Berlin  group has its regular monthly meeting.
- On 14 May the FSFE will have a booth in make-it.saarland in
Saarbrücken, Germany and also our Policy Consultant Alexander Sander
will give a talk ‘Innovation needs Free Software’ on Saturday and
Sunday. On 19 May Alexander will discuss the challenges and
perspectives of ethical and diversity-sensitive AI in the European
context at the KIDD-Fachkonferenz panel in Berlin.
- On 20 May the FSFE Women  group has its regular monthly meeting. In
the last meeting , the group discussed the legal structure and the
blogging network of the organisation.
- On 2 June there is an author reading  of Ada & Zangemann [DE] in
- On 14 June the FSFE local group Hamburg  has its regular monthly
- Lucas Lasota, FSFE Legal Project Manager, is conducting a seminar on
digital sovereignty  at the Humboldt University of Berlin for the
== Past and Ongoing Activities ==
- On 4 May we held an online session about the future of Router Freedom
in Austria . The recording [DE] will soon be available in our
- Max Mehl, FSFE Programme Manager, wrote a blog post  about a
Python application he created for the FSFE infrastructure to automate
reverse proxies for Docker containers, Docker2Caddy.
- We published a short video: What is Free Software (Open Source)? EN
, DE . Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE, shared a
blog post  on how the video came to be made. To reach to possibly
new audiences, we also uploaded the video to proprietary platforms EN
, DE  where you can upvote it to help new people learn about
- „Nur ein Jahr länger…“ – Politik und Software rund um’s Smartphone
 [DE], the talk by FSFE Programme Manager and sustainability
expert Erik Albers at the Digital Social Summit 2022, is now available
on our Peertube instance.
== FSFE Local Groups ==
*Italy* | The Italian Translation team has worked on the PMPC brochure
 and it is now available in Italian. Friends of the team are kindly
proofreading the brochure.
The Italian volunteers are also preparing a summer tour around the
country to let people know that code paid for by the public should also
be publicly available. The first stop in the tour is Trento, on June
7th. Learn more about the plans in the mailing lists or chats of Milano
 and Sicily . Meet the volunteers in the tour and get yourself a
copy of the freshly translated PMPC brochure!
*Zurich* | The local group in Zurich is working on persuading public
administrations to migrate to federated social networks. The group have
been discussing the idea since early April, and the project gained a
boost when many people and entities, including the European Union 
have been joining Mastodon. The group will meet  again on 18 May
*Netherlands* | Building on the Zurich group's idea, the Dutch team
brainstormed technical solutions  to automatically post Dutch
municipalities’ news to Mastodon. ‘What if we gather the RSS feeds of
345 Dutch municipalities and feed them to a Mastodon account?’ was a
question that caught attention. Fani Partsafyllidou, Project Manager at
FSFE, joined the last meeting. The next meeting  is on Wednesday 25
May 20:00 CEST.
== Get Active ==
In the FSFE we want to empower users to control technology. But Free
Software also helps to achieve ecological sustainability. That is why we
joined the organising committee of the Bits & Bäume 2022 ('Bits and
Trees') conference which will take place from 30 September to 2 October.
Passionate about sustainable Free Software solutions? Please let us and
everyone else know at the conference! Submit a talk, a workshop or a
fine piece of art to Bits & Bäume 2022. The Call for Participation for
is open until 7 June .
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Your editor, Fani Partsafyllidou
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