FSFE wins EU Datathon +++ YH4F winners and new round +++ No to chat control
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= FSFE wins EU Datathon +++ YH4F winners and new round +++ No to chat control =
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FSFE’s ‘TEDective’, a program helping to analyse public spending, wins
first prize in the EU Datathon and our very own Youth Hacking 4 Freedom
contest starts again. An EU draft law might end secure chats. Citizens
in Sweden have a say with the Free Software Decidim and the FSFE
Switzerland asks administrations to join federated social media.
=== FSFE’s open data app TEDective wins EU Datathon ===
The FSFE’s proposal ‘TEDective’ won the first prize in ‘transparency in
public procurement’ challenge in the EU Datathon  – the European open
data competition. TEDective works with public EU tendering data. The
prototype program helps us analyse how public administrations in the
European Union spend their money. For example, it allows journalists to
find out how much money the government spends on Microsoft licenses and
products, but also it helps to compare that spending with other regions
in similar cases or even in relation to other countries. Are you a data
expert who wants to help? Email tedective at fsfe.org.
=== YH4F winners! ===
After a year of coding and evaluation, the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom
competition came to an end, giving us amazing projects. Over a hundred
people coming from 25 countries registered for the competition, making
it a truly pan-European event. The six winning programs offer sign
language transcription, a smart table robot, a personal assistant, a
music tutorial, file sharing, and a homework manager. All Free Software
Do you want to get to know some of the participants and their
motivation? Check our interview! Alexia, Ekaterina, and Miquel introduce
=== YH4F competition starts again! ===
The registration for the second edition of “Youth Hacking 4 Freedom”
, the FSFE’s hacking competition for teenagers from all over Europe,
just started. This contest offers young people aged between 14 and 18
the opportunity to challenge themselves, meet like-minded people, and
win cash prizes. Register until 31 December 2022  and share the
opportunity with schools and young hackers!
=== EU draft law might end secure chats ===
The European Commission proposed a directive on mandatory chat control
with the supposed aim to effectively tackle child sexual abuse. If the
law is enforced, Internet service providers will have to monitor and
scan all communications of citizens – including the securely encrypted
end-to-end ones. It is a threat to all our private communication. On top
of that, it is only big market players who can carry out this enforced
necessity to scan every single message. It would hinder Free Software
developers from writing and running their own versions of communication
software, and may deprive us of open standard programming interfaces
=== Podcast: Citizens participate in local administrations ===
Now it is easier than ever for a municipality to ask its citizens what
building projects to prioritise, how to distribute a given budget, or
other questions. In our latest Software Freedom Podcast, Petter Joelson,
director of the Swedish NGO Digidem Lab, explains the power of the
participation platform “Decidim” based on its implementation in Sweden
. With Decidim , municipalities can design citizen processes in a
modular way to fit their needs.
Swedish administrations use participatory budgets – budgets in which
citizens participate. Citizens submit proposals and the administration
examines whether the proposal is legal and feasible. Then, citizens vote
on the approved proposals. With Decidim the process and the time taken
to implement the project can be monitored by everyone and it is possible
to check if something is not going according to plan. The software is
designed and suitable for large-scale implementations. Many cities
already use Decidim, for example New York, Barcelona, and Helsinki.
=== Fedigov: FSFE Switzerland asks administrations to join Mastodon ===
When public institutions share a message on social media they should not
limit it to proprietary platforms. To effectively communicate with all
citizens, including those who are rightfully concerned about their
privacy, administrations should also use federated social media. The
FSFE Switzerland and the GNU/Linux.ch explain this to local authorities.
The Fedigov website  (also available in DE , FR , IT  )
shows that ethical communication benefits the public sector. You can use
the letter template and send a letter to your local authorities asking
them to join Mastodon, Pixelfeld, and Peertube.
=== Save the date! ===
- On Thursday 17 November Lina Ceballos, REUSE coordinator, will give a
talk about REUSE  and show the participants how indicating
licensing and copyright information can be easier. Right after, Lina
will give the GNUHealth project the well-deserved REUSE compliance
award for its Hospital Management System component. The talk is part
of GHCon and takes place in person in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.
- On Monday 21 November, we are giving an Upcycling Android workshop at
the Umweltbundesamt in Dessau , Germany. The workshop includes an
intro to F-Droid and microG. Register to attend!
- On Saturday 26 November we are organising a booth and a talk at Campus
du Libre in Lyon , France. Vincent Lequertier gives a talk ‘For an
inclusive and ethical artificial intelligence’. Just drop by!
=== Past events ===
- On 11 November we organised the Legal Education Day , presented
four talks, and held a booth at SFSCon  in Bolzano, Italy.
- On 2 November we gave an Upcycling Android workshop in Hamburg ,
Germany, with an intro to F-Droid and microG.
- On 29 October Free Software and GNU/Linux enthusiasts met in Minsk
- On 28 October the General Assembly  of the FSFE took place in
=== FSFE groups ===
*Belarus*: The FSFE Minsk group  and GNU/Linux enthusiasts met in
Minsk. It the first in person meeting after a long period of only
virtual communications. Several topics regarding using and creating Free
Software were discussed. Some of them were Intel TDX confidential
computing, Lustre project state, Kubernetes clusters, OpenStreetMap, and
Pine Phone user experience. The event finished with all the participants
enjoying a barbecue.
*Germany*: Ana Galan, FSFE’s Senior Project Manager Communications,
joined Berlin’s group  October meeting. The group also organised a
booth in FifFkon, and talked in the online monthly edu meeting about the
OpenTalk videoconferencing tool. The Hamburg group  meets monthly.
*Italy*: The FSFE celebrated Linux Day on 22 October  in Milan .
Marta Andreoli, Deputy Coordinator Italy, gave an overview of Free
Software associations in Italy, Natale Vinto presented ‘Public Money?
Public Code!’, and Stefano Costa talked about Router Freedom in Italy
*Netherlands*: Router Freedom consultation in Belgium is announced 
and the Netherlands group  is working on formulating a stance on
this and translating it to Dutch. The group met the FSFE team in Arnhem,
where the FSFE had its general assembly. The group also discussed the
exodus of developers leaving GitHub for codeberg.org and git.sr.ht
because of Copilot.
*Switzerland*: Volunteers in Switzerland, including the local groups
Basel  and Zurich , launch the Fedigov campaign. After the
recent developments on Twitter, now it is the right time to bring public
communication onto the Fediverse. All local groups can join the Fedigov
campaign! The code of the website is available , any group can fork
and adapt it. And the FSFE Switzerland can help this initiative in other
*Women*: In October’s online meeting , the group  discussed
calendar systems for websites and proposed to create an introduction of
the members in the form of a game.
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