Sustainability podcast +++ Job opportunity +++ Partial Router Freedom in Greece

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 = Sustainability podcast +++ Job opportunity +++ Partial Router Freedom in Greece =

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In this issue we share an uplifting podcast episode on the progress of
the Upcycling Android campaign. We have a work position in the FSFE
staff. Greece is about to secure Router Freedom except for fiber
connections. Community news comes from Aarhus, Barcelona, Berlin,
Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Translators, and

 == Sustainability podcast ==

In recent years the FSFE has highlighted software sustainability,
launched a campaign encouraging people to reclaim their phones with Free
Software, and made recommendations for the EU Ecodesign criteria. Erik
Albers, who is working for the FSFE on those activities, tells the
thrilling story of the Upcycling Android campaign. The campaign has been
a big success. It offered workshops, shared policy recommendations, and
has made it to press with these activities.

Our open letter [1] for the right to install any software on any device
was well received. 90 entities signed, including the Nature And
Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), EDRi – European Digital Rights,
and the European Right to Repair Campaign. Volunteers translated it into
9 languages: Catalan, German, Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch,
Portuguese, and Polish. Erik talks about the progress of Upcycling
Android in the new podcast episode with Bonnie Mehring [2]. You will
find out that it is ‘a happy podcast with a happy employee’.

 == Job opportunity ==

The FSFE is hiring a Senior Project Manager Communication for 20-25
hours per week in our Berlin office [3]. Help us support software
freedom, so that every human can use, study, share, and improve software
and thereby support other fundamental rights like freedom of speech,
press, and privacy. Do you know of anyone who might be interested? Share
the news!

 == Greece takes one step to secure Router Freedom but leaves fiber out ==

Greece is one step closer to securing Router Freedom, but the regulator
is excluding fiber (FTTH) connections from the legislation [4]. A
coalition of organisations is now requesting the regulator, EETT, to
reconsider this and thus safeguard the freedom of all users. The FSFE
coordinated the work of the coalition.

The EETT has taken a courageous position to set the position of the
network termination point (NTP) at the passive point for common
networks. It should equally guarantee the free choice of terminal
equipment for the next generations and emerging technologies. Users who
are connected to the internet using fiber connections should not be
excluded from choosing their own router.

 == Save the date! ==

On Wednesday 13 July the FSFE will participate [5] in a session [6] at
the 1st International Congress on Democratic Digital Education and Open
Edtech in Barcelona. The session ‘First was the code’ covers the topics
of digital rights, auditing, and interoperability in education.

 == Past activities ==

- On 7 June Carmen Bianca Bakker, Deputy Coordinator REUSE Software,
  talked about the importance of licensing metadata in Free Software [7]
  at the Upstream 2022 event.

- On 8 June Alexander Sander, FSFE Senior Policy Consultant, gave a talk
  on ‘ Free Software and artificial intelligence in the European Union
  [8] ’ during the OW2 conference.

- On 9 June Lucas Lasota, FSFE Senior Legal Project Manager, gave a talk
  on “ Practicing Sovereignty. Interventions for open digital futures
  [9] ” at the Weizenbaum Conference in Berlin.

- On 9 June Lucas Lasota gave an online talk on Device Neutrality [10]
  as part of the OW2 conference.

- On 9 June Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE, gave an author
  reading of the children’s book Ada & Zangemann (DE) in a hackerspace
  bus [11] in the re:publica 22 [12] conference.

- On 18 June Lucas Lasota gave a talk about Device Neutrality [13] at
  OSCAL 2022, in Tirana, Albania. Alexander Sander gave a talk on ‘Free
  Software and Artificial Intelligence in the European Union’ at the
  same event.

- On 20 June the FSFE submitted feedback [14] to the European Commission
  about the Sustainable products initiative, a proposal for a regulation
  that will revise the Ecodesign Directive.

- On 22 June Gabriel Ku Wei Bin, FSFE Senior Legal Project Manager, gave
  a talk on “Free Software and our Fundamental Rights” in Gothenburg,

- On 22 June Erik Albers, FSFE Program Manager for digital
  sustainability, gave a talk on "Free software saves lives - of
  hardware" at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

- On 24 June Alexander Sander gave a talk on "What role did Free
  Software play during the corona crisis?" at the esLibre conference in
  Vigo, Spain.

- On 24 June Matthias Kirschner gave an author reading of the children’s
  book Ada & Zangemann to over 150 third-graders in the largest cinema
  room [15] in the city of Offenburg, Germany.

- On 24 June Lina Ceballos, FSFE Project Manager, gave a talk on " REUSE
  [16] " at the esLibre conference in Vigo, Spain.

- On 25 June, Lina Ceballos and Alexander Sander gave a ‘ Public Money?
  Public Code! [17] ’ workshop at the esLibre conference in Vigo, Spain.

- On 30 June, Lina Ceballos gave a talk on REUSE [18] at the
  OpenExpoEurope2022 conference in Madrid, Spain.

- In June cURL [19] became REUSE [20] compliant. cURL now follows the
  REUSE best practices that make licensing and copyright information
  unambiguous and perfectly human- and machine-readable.

 == FSFE groups ==

*Aarhus* | The Aarhus local group [21] had its first meeting after a
long time. The group decided to focus on outreach and ‘Public Money?
Public Code!’ topics. The group will meet again, and is meanwhile is
having discussions in the discourse forum [22].

*Barcelona* | The Free Software Barcelona group [23] had the first in-
person event [24] since 2020. Five lightning talks presented various
Free Software interests: PDF Annotations and Fonts: The Evil,
BetterCounter, Penpot, Steam Deck and KDE, and a primer to Intel's Xe

*Belgium* | In Belgium the regulator BIPT will soon host a consultation
on Router Freedom. Supporters from Belgium and the Netherlands work
together with support from FSFE to prepare to ultimately achieve Router
Freedom for Belgium. This topic is discussed in the Netherlands get-
together meetings.

*Berlin* | The FSFE Berlin local group [25] had its regular monthly in-
person meeting. Also, a group member, Tunda, gave a lecture [26] on
things Free Software and Free Seeds have in common.

*Hamburg* | The FSFE local group [27] Hamburg had its regular monthly
meeting and will meet again on 14 July.

*Italy* | FSFE supporters in Italy held two events. In Trento the event
focused on Free Software in Education. In Bologna the event focused on
‘Public Money? Public Code!’ efforts. Members of the local government
attended. Three concrete proposals emerged from these events: Coderdojos
in public schools, local Coding Gyms, and a public hearing to bring the
topic of ‘Public Money? Public Code!’ in the town council. The FSFE
local group Sicily [28] is planning a similar event in Caltanissetta in
September. Sign up for updates.

*Netherlands* | The FSFE country team [29] the Netherlands had its
regular monthly meeting [30] and will meet again on 20 July.

*Translators* | The FSFE Translators team [31] is meeting in the first
half of August. Bonnie Mehring and Luca Bonissi will share how to
translate the FSFE pages. It is a great place to start if you would like
to begin contributing to the FSFE by translating our news. Date TBC,
please join the translators’ mailing list [32] to stay informed.

*Vienna* | The FSFE local group Vienna [33] had an information booth
[34] at the Veganmania street festival providing email encryption
advice, an overview of 10 different Free Software distributions, and
introduction to software freedom. Leaflets came in handy. The next
information stall will be at another Veganmania festival on the Danube
island in August.

*Women* | The FSFE Women team [35] made an introduction to content
management systems. CMS Garden joined the monthly meeting [36]. The CMS
Garden e. V. is an active association of the communities of 11 FOSS
content management systems. Meike Jung from Drupal, Petra Hasenau from
Typo3, and Kati Faude from CMS Garden gave presentations. Stay tuned in
the mailing list [37] for the next meeting.

*Zurich* | The FSFE local group [38] Zurich discussed the options for
the next steps for the ‘Learn like the pros’ activity [39] and noted
upcoming conferences in their monthly meeting [40]. The next meeting is
on 14 July.

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