SFD Call to Action: Let the STEED run!

steed-small

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 [...]

MyKolab.com: Building the Open Source Cloud service that was missing

slide-privacy

In January this year we started the MyKolab beta phase and last week we finally moved it to its production environment, just in time for the Swiss national day. This seemed oddly fitting since the Swiss national day celebrates its independence and self-determination, as they were liberating themselves from the feudal system. So when Bruce [...]

Life post-PRISM: Politics and Power Struggles

Glass_PRISM

Following the disclosures about details on how the United States and other countries are monitoring the world there has been a global discussion about this subject that’s been long overdue. In previous articles I tried to put together what actually has been proven thus far, what that means for society, and what are the implications [...]

Life post-PRISM: No More Business Secrets

After a primer on the realities of today’s world, and the totalitarian tendencies that follow from this environment and our behaviour in it, let’s take a look at what this means for professional use of information technology.

Firstly, it should be obvious that when you use the cloud services of a company, you have no [...]

Welcome to the Post-PRISM Society: A primer.

PRISM_logo_(PNG)

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 [...]

So what might Digital Sustainability be?

There is a group of Swiss parliamentarians who are organized in a group for “Digital Sustainability” for which I’ve been asked to participate as part of an expert group that consists of  practitioners in a variety of fields, including Free Software and Open Standards. But while German Wikipedia at least has an article about Digital Sustainability, [...]

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 [...]

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

[ PDF version ]

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

[ 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 [...]

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 [...]