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Free Software in education news – October

Here’s what I collected in October. If you come accross anything that might be worth mentioning in this series, please drop me a note or, even better: drop it on the edu-eu mailinglist!



all of my children have wanted and continue to want computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. I have always made the point that those items are not toys, but tools that require the user to learn something. Another way to say it is, if you can not use the tool properly (e.g fix problems when they occur) then you should just not have the tool.

Other news

Department of Basic Education bans Free Software in South Africa Schools in contradiction of government’s own policy

Upcoming Events

The “TheyDontWantYou.To” Campaign just started and will go on for a while. Please participate as much as you can! I may come up with a separate blog post about it. The basic idea was already mentioned in the latest Newsletter:

Get active: They don’t want you to – but what do you want?

As explained above we do not want people to accept all the restrictions on our devices. To gain more transparency we want an easy way to inform a wider audience about those restrictions, and especially give younger people a way to show that they do not agree with it. On the 4th of November we go live with TheyDontWantYou.To and together with our partner organisations we start distributing short microblog messages, highlighting different restrictions using the #theydontwantyouto hashtag.

Help us to distribute the messages, send the messages to your friends, write about them in your blog, use our stickers to raise awareness, and to let us know about restrictions you encounter in your daily life.


As always, if you have any infos on news or events that might be of interest to Free Software activists  in education, please let me know or dump it on the edu-eu mailinglist!