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 [...]

Groklaw shutting down.

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Today is a sad day for the world of Information Technology and the cause of software freedom. PJ just announced she’ll be shutting down Groklaw.

It’s hard to overestimate the role that Groklaw has played in the past years. Many of us, myself included, have worked with Groklaw over the years. I still take pride [...]

Welcome to the Post-PRISM Society: A primer.

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Questions of privacy, security and control have occupied me for a long time, both personally and professionally. In fact it was a significant aspect of my decision to switch focus from the Free Software Foundation Europe to Kolab Systems: I wanted to reduce the barriers to actually putting the principles into practice. That required a [...]

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 [...]

So, what are you going to do next?

This is certainly the question I received most often when people learned I was not going to be available again for election as president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).

Being founder and president of FSFE has been a challenge in more than one way, and I have enjoyed it greatly. It would certainly [...]

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

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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 of [...]