Router Freedom Activity Package +++ Fernanda Weiden +++ Spring Sales

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 = Router Freedom Activity Package +++ Fernanda Weiden +++ Spring Sales =

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In our April Newsletter read about our Router Freedom Activity Package,
our interview with former Vice President Fernanda Weiden, our new
Software Freedom Podcast with Elisa Lindinger, our Spring Sales and as
usual our other diverse community activities.

 == FSFE launches the Router Freedom Activity Package ==

Router Freedom is the right that consumers of any Internet Service
Provider (ISP) have to choose and use a private modem and router instead
of equipment that the ISP provides. In the context of reform of
telecommunications law, since June 2020 a new set of rules guides the
implementation of Router Freedom in Europe [1].

Although the new rules will provide more clarity in several respects
concerning end-users' rights, the awareness of Router Freedom is low
across Europe. Active participation of local communities in the
legislative processes of laws impacting the ability of end-users to
choose their network devices is crucial for leveraging the protection of
Router Freedom in national jurisdictions.

Therefore, we have prepared an activity package for individuals and
organisations [2] who want to communicate with regulators and decision
makers of their countries and take a stand for Router Freedom. The
package consists of an activity summary [3], a monitoring map [4] and a
wiki page [5] with relevant information for local engagement.

We would love to know more about your experience with Router Freedom, so
we can act accordingly. Please participate in our end-user survey [6].
It will take only a few minutes!

 == 20 Years FSFE: Interview with Fernanda Weiden ==

In our third birthday publication we interview Fernanda "nanda" Weiden
[7] who was raised n Porto Alegre, Brasil, where she organised FISL, the
largest Free Software conference in Latin America. Later she became a
founding member and council member of the Free Software Foundation Latin
America, before moving to Europe, where she joined the FSFE as a
volunteer. Just a little bit later she was elected Vice President of the
Free Software Foundation Europe from 2009-2011.

In these early years of her engangement with the FSFE, Fernanda helped
to shape the FSFE's profile and organisation. Her favourite campaign
that she was heavily contributing to was the Document Freedom Day, a
campaign to highlight the importance of Open Standards and a global day
to celebrate them. Fernanda is also co-founder of the "Women in Free
Software Project" in Brazil and former member of "Debian Women". Until
today Fernanda is part of the FSFE's General Assembly and helps the
organisation with her manifold professional skills if needed.


This year the FSFE celebrates its 20th anniversary. Support our work for
the next 20 years to come [8]


 == SFP#10: How to support Free Software and a sustainable digital infrastructure ==

In our 10th episode of the Software Freedom Podcast [9] we talk with
Elisa Lindinger from Superrr Lab. Together we discuss problems faced by
Free Software projects and how to tackle them. In a broader frame we
discover what would be needed for a more sustainable digital
infrastructure and talk about the work Elisa does for this aim.

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

- With a groundbreaking resolution, Dortmund has committed itself to the
  use of Free Software. With an overwhelming, cross-faction majority,
  the city council has paved the way for "Public Money? Public Code!"
  [10] In the future, software developed or commissioned by the
  administration will be made available to the general public.

- Max Mehl, FSFE programme manager, gave a talk on "Digital Sovereignty
  in Europe - Free Software as the Key" [11] in which he provided an
  overview of the most important contexts and discussed pragmatic
  possibilities based on existing examples to put public digital
  infrastructure on a modern footing.

- Ralf Hersel, Coordinator of the FSFE local Zurich group, gave a
  presentation on "Learning like the Pros" during the Open Education Day
  conference [12]. Learning like the Pros informs about Digital
  Sovereignty, explains professional approaches and offers concrete

- For the International Transgender Day of Visibility, Carmen Bianca
  Bakker writes about "What's in a name?" [13]

- Lucas Lasota, FSFE Deputy Legal Coordinator, will conduct the course
  "Legal Aspects of Digital Sovereignty" [14] at the Humboldt University
  of Berlin. The course is dedicated to several elements that compose
  the terms that are being discussed in public debates, but from the
  legal perspective.

 == "Show your support" (aka "Get active") ==

Although Spring seems a little bit late this year in Northern Europe, we
have started the FSFE Spring Sales [15] in which we offer all our
coloured T-shirts, magnets, pins, gym sacks and children's shirts at a
reduced price for a short period. Be quick, because the offer is only
valid while stock lasts. Moreover, sale products that are sold out will
no longer be reordered as we will refresh our inventory.

 == 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 We are
looking forward to 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 editor, Erik Albers


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