SFD Call to Action: Let the STEED run!

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Information Technology is a hype driven industry, a fact that has largely contributed to the current situation where the NSA and GCHQ have unprecedented access to the global communication and information. Including for a very Realpolitik based approach to how that information may be used. Economic and political manipulation may not be how these measures [...]

OFE Summit 2011: Creating an Open climate for entrepreneurs in Europe

During the 2011 OpenForum Europe Summit I had the pleasure and privilege to chair the session on “Creating an Open climate for entrepreneurs in Europe” and the videos of the opening presentations are now online on YouTube, and included below in chronological order:

Fabien Pinckaers, CEO OpenERP is talking about his experience in setting [...]

Freedom in the “cloud”?

It’s come to the point that I was asked to explain what I consider necessary prerequisites for an open, free, sustainable approach towards what is often called “The Cloud” or also “Software as a Service” (SaaS).

To be honest, it took some time for me to make up my mind on the matter, and [...]

All boys dream of being knights, don’t they?

Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE’s old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18. December 2009 I had [...]

Changes in FSFE: Time to pass on the torch

Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) was conceived in early 2000, pregnancy took about a year, and in early 2001 my decision to make the creation and success of Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) my first and foremost priority in life was clear. This was eight years, six months, and a couple of days ago, and [...]

It’s time for the community to take charge of its brand

There are a couple of “beginner’s mistakes” when thinking about Free Software in general and its commercial application, in particular. One is to believe there was a substantial difference in the software referred to by the terms “Free Software” and “Open Source.” There isn’t. As far as the actual software is concerned, both [...]

FSFE written intervention to WIPO CDIP/3 on ICT and the Digital Divide

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FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION EUROPE (FSFE)

STATEMENT TO THE 3rd SESSION OF THE

COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (CDIP/3)

ON DOCUMENT CDIP/3/4 ANNEX III

(Geneva, 27 April – 1 May 2009)

With [...]

Oral intervention by FSFE to CDIP/3

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FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION EUROPE (FSFE)

STATEMENT TO THE 3rd SESSION OF THE

COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (CDIP/3)

(Geneva, 27 April – 1 May 2009)

Mr Chairman,

On behalf [...]

FSFE’s written submission to WIPO CDIP/3

[PDF version]

FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION EUROPE (FSFE)

STATEMENT TO THE 3rd SESSION OF THE

COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (CDIP/3)

(Geneva, 27 April – 1 May 2009)

Mr Chairman,

On behalf of [...]

WIPO SCP/13 – some conclusions

A very productive week of plenary discussions which culminated in Friday’s difficult informal consultations behind closed doors at the SCP/13 demonstrated that WIPO has already come a long way, but a lot remains to be done. In many ways, this 13th session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) marked [...]