|Subject:||[FSFE PR][EN] FSFE Newsletter - May 2012|
|Date:||Fri, 04 May 2012 10:22:04 +0200|
= FSFE Newsletter - May 2012 = [Read online: http://fsfe.org/news/nl/nl-201205.en.html ] == 54 DFD events and FSFE handcuffed EU Commissioner == As you can read and see in this years report, Document Freedom Day 2012 was celebrated with 54 events in 23 countries and in 19 world languages. It was the biggest DFD in history with over 26 talks, over 6 awards for Open Standards, lots of other events and the press coverage counted almost one hundred articles. FSFE coordinated between all the different events, awarded several organisation, and in Germany mailed over 370 and called over 170 politicians about Open Standards. Several of these politicians, from a range of political parties, did activities for DFD. FSFE also send out 100 information packages including handcuffsto suggested people including several politicians, CEOs, and the Pope. EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes used our handcuffs in a public speech, which resulted in a lot of additional press coverageincluding the front page of the Guardian Online. FSFE is eager to hear more reports of what recipients of the package did with the handcuffs. 1. http://documentfreedom.org/news/2012/news-20120403-01.html 2. http://fsfe.org/projects/os/def.en.html 3. http://documentfreedom.org/events/events.html 4. http://documentfreedom.org/handcuffs/index.html 5. http://documentfreedom.org/news/2012/news-20120420-01.html == May 4th: Day against DRM. Is it their "good right" to restrict us? == Last week your editor gave an interview about Digital Restriction Management (DRM)(German). It was about the questions of what DRM is, why companies introduce DRM, why you have to treat your customer as an enemy to make DRM work, and which other possibilities exist. When discussing Free Software, DRM, Antifeatures and other topics you might often hear from intelligent critical people that it is "the good right" of producers to control their products. Why do so many people think so? Would they also accept those restrictions in "the analogue world"? Is it the good right of a publisher to prohibit that you can read a book out loud, lend it friends, or sell it? Several times your editor abused books: last week he used three of them to fix his broken sofa. Would it be acceptable that the publisher or the author can forbid such use cases? Do more people accept such restrictions with software and data, and if so, why? Has the industry with the term "Digital Rights Management" successfully implied that they have this right, and a lot of people accept this? 6. http://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=929 The 4th of May is the Day against DRM. While DRM has largely been defeated in music, it is a growing problem in the area of ebooks. So it is good news that due to pressure from their readers, Tor/Forge will drop DRM from ebooks. Discuss the topic with your friends or colleagues, e.g. send them Richard Stallman's short story"The Right to Read", and tell us your experience on our public discussion lists <http://fsfe.org/contact/community.en.html>or send it directly to your editor. 7. http://dayagainstdrm.org/ 8. http://www.defectivebydesign.org/tor-to-drop-drm-on-ebooks 9. https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.html 10. http://fsfe.org/about/kirschner/kirschner.en.html == Free Software topic in the French Presidential elections == French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that 15 percentof the State's IT budget is spent on Free Software programming, support, and maintenance. In future this budget will increase by 30 percent per year. He said this policy is "strategic for the development of the French IT sector". His challenger François Hollande even said this policy has to be intensified. 11. https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/sarkozy-administration-o... Besides that, the French Free Software advocacy group April asked all of the candidates in the French presidential electionsabout their positions on Free Software, software patents, DRMand more. 12. https://www.april.org/en/presidential-elections-2012-and-... 13. http://fsfe.org/projects/swpat/swapt.en.html 14. http://drm.info It is important to raise awareness for Free Software with your politicians, and sending them questions is a good start. FSFE is gathering all such effort in our"Ask Your Candidate" campaign. FSFE would like to thank Aprilfor their good work in France, and encourages other Free Software supporters in Europe to get in contact with their politicians. If you have questions how to start such activities in your country, region, or municipality, please get in contact with us. By next month you will also have the political parties' replies to the questions from FSFE for two federal state elections in Germany. 15. http://fsfe.org/campaigns/askyourcandidates/askyourcandid... 16. http://april.org == Vendor lock-in costing Helsinki 3.4 million Euros per year? == A report on the City of Helsinki's pilot project for the use of OpenOffice in the public administrations leaves the public with more questions than answers. The city trialled the Free Software productivity suite on the laptops of council members for ten months in 2011. The suite enjoyed high approval rates among its users. When the pilot was finished, the City produced a report stating that the costs of migrating the entire administration to OpenOffice would be very high. Read more about it in the press releaseand if you are interested in details of the City of Helsinki's OpenOffice pilot project, and in lessons that may be drawn from this project, we have published an analysis of the report. 17. http://fsfe.org/news/2012/news-20120412-02.en.html 18. http://fsfe.org/news/2012/news-20120412-02.en.html == Something completely different == - "Replace 'ICT' with 'Sex'": 42 minutes before the deadline our education teamsubmitted FSFE's position for a consultation on ICT educationto the UK Department of Education. Besides other points we highlighted the importance of "ICT education", instead of "ICT training". - Fellowship Interview: Operating Free Software based servers and workstations in a pro-privacy web hosting and IT service company, advocating Free Software since 2001, volunteering for the Freedroidz project, and more: this months's interview is Bernd Wurst. - The Czech municipality Grygov uses Free Softwarefor nearly everything in their public administration. - On the 31st of March, FSFE's UK Fellows have set up a link between the Green Light (Manchester) and Chorlton's Big Green (Leicester) festivals. There was a Free Software talk and booth at both events, and a live link-up which brought environmentalists together via Free Software. - Our web team met in Manchester for a web sprint. A variety of international volunteers worked together to improve website features and infrastructure. Interested in fixing bugs, or implementing new functionality to improve our information about Free Software in web work? Join our web team! - Computerworld UK published a a good article on software patents. - A selection from the Fellowship blog aggregation: - Affiliate Userscripts to support FSFE: If you already spend money on Amazon or libri, you can install a userscriptdeveloped by Hannes Hauswedell and 5% of the money you spend there goes to FSFE to the struggle for Software Freedom! The userscripts are tested for Chromium, Firefox, and Iceweasel. - Distributed Free Software: Thomas Jensch wrote an article on how to setup OwnCould on Hiawatha, and Sam Tuke also looked into setting up a local web development server. - Different experiences than Wikipedia: Hannes Hauswedell from the PDFreadersteam is currently living in China, and wrote about his technical experiences with the Chinese firewall. - After his hard disk died Patrik Willard wrote about git and rsyncand Isabel Drost also dedicated a blog article to git. 19. http://fsfe.org/projects/education/education.en.html 20. http://blogs.fsfe.org/riepernet/?p=149 21. http://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=573 22. https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/czech-municipality-uses-... 23. http://fsfe.org/news/2012/news-20120402-01.en.html 24. http://fsfe.org/contribute/web/web.en.html 25. http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2012/03/... 26. http://planet.fsfe.org 27. http://wiki.fsfe.org/SupportPrograms 28. http://blogs.fsfe.org/h2/userscripts/ 29. http://blogs.fsfe.org/riepernet/?p=155 30. http://blogs.fsfe.org/samtuke/?p=359 31. http://pdfreaders.org 32. http://blogs.fsfe.org/h2/2012/04/20/an-inside-view-on-the... 33. http://blog.padowi.se/2012/04/22/2012w16/ 34. http://blog.isabel-drost.de/index.php/archives/377/second... == Get Active: FRAND is FRAUD - Participate in UK consultation == Busy times in the UK. Besides the consultation on education (see above) the UK government is holding another one until the 4th of June about what sort of patent licenses an Open Standardshould require. FSFE and our sister organisation the FSF published a joint statementon the UK Open Standard consultation, explaining why FRAND conditions for Open Standards discriminate against Free Software (regular readers might realise this is an ongoing debate), and recommending the UK government to abolish software patents to prevent damage to the UK's economy. We also informed UK Free Software businesses, organisations, and Fellows about the consultation, prepared draft answers to some of the questions in the survey, held a Summit Meeting of Open Standard experts, and also published a joint statement together with other Open Standard groups. 35. http://fsfe.org/project/os/def.en.html 36. http://fsfe.org/news/2012/news-20120426-01.en.html 37. http://fsfe.org/projects/os/uk-standards-consultation.en.... 38. http://fsfe.org/news/2012/news-20120425-02.en.html 39. https://fsfe.org/news/2012/news-20120425-01.html There is a website explaining how to participate in the consultation. Please do so to support the requirement for royalty- free licenses for Open Standards. 40. http://consultation.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/openstandards/ho... Thanks to all the Fellowsand donorswho enable our work, 41. http://fellowship.fsfe.org/join 42. donate/thankgnus.en.html Matthias Kirschner- FSFE -- Free Software Foundation Europe <http://fsfe.org> FSFE News <http://fsfe.org/news/news.en.rss> Upcoming FSFE Events <http://fsfe.org/events/events.en.rss> Fellowship Blog Aggregation <http://planet.fsfe.org/en/rss20.xml> Free Software Discussions <http://fsfe.org/contact/community.en.html> _______________________________________________ Press-release mailing list Pressemail@example.com https://mail.fsfeurope.org/mailman/listinfo/press-release
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