Heiki Lõhmus takes over FSFE vice-presidency from Alessandro Rubini
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Wed Nov 2 09:56:22 CET 2016
= Heiki Lõhmus takes over FSFE vice-presidency from Alessandro Rubini =
[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20161031-01.nl.html ]
Alessandro Rubini has stepped down as Vice-president of the FSFE.
Alessandro, an electronic engineer with Ph. D. in a computer science,
brought invaluable insight to the internal discussions within the FSFE
and has worked tirelessly to push the Free Software envelope in Italy
and the rest of Europe.
Alessandro has left the vice-presidency to concentrate on his work with
the Free Software community in Italy, but he remains an active member of
the FSFE and continues contributing his time generously to the
Taking over from Alessandro is Heiki Lõhmus, a student of aeronautical
engineering from Estonia. Heiki started collaborating with the FSFE when
he "discovered some Estonian-language gibberish on fsfe.org purporting
to be a translation of an English original, which it definitely was
not". He quickly became involved in the translation process and became
the translation coordinator.
He also represented the FSFE community in its board from 2013 to 2015.
During his time in the post, he managed the transition to a new way of
valuing contributions, ensuring volunteers and paying members of the
organisation enjoy the same benefits for their contributions.
Beyond his work at the FSFE, Heiki has actively lobbied the Estonian
government to publish the software used for the Estonian elections as
Free Software. "Estonia is the only country in the world where it is
possible to vote over the Internet" says Heiki, and relying on
proprietary software to do so is a security risk and does not inspire
much trust. Heiki works along with other activists to get the software
published under a free license.
Heiki is an enthusiastic member of the FSFE and we are sure he will
carry on Alessandro's excellent work.
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