Archive for March, 2009

Fellowship meeting Stuttgart


plussyIt’s time for the next Fellowship meeting in Stuttgart. It will take place at Thursday, 2 April at 19:00! We are going to meet in the “Unithekle”, Allmandring 17 , 70596 Stuttgart. Short term changes are announced in the wiki.

This time we want to talk about Free Software in education. I think this is an interesting and important topic. We live in the digital age. Therefore pupils should learn how to use and develop information technology in an social and sustainable way and all pupils should have equal opportunities. So if you know pupils, teachers or parents which are interested in Free Software, just take them with you to the Fellowship meeting.

I’m sure we will also have enough time to talk about other interesting Free Software topics. So if you are interested in Free Software, the FSFE and/or Free Software in education come and meet us at Thursday, 2. April.

For more information, also about previous events, look at our wiki page.

“Frühjahrsfestival zum Datenschutz” at Stuttgart


Frühlingsfestival zum Datenschutz Today the “Frühjahrsfestival zum Datenschutz” (engl. “spring festival of privacy”) starts at the public library of Stuttgart. This will be a 4 day event from 25. to 28. March 2009.

Today the event will start at 19:30 with a speech by Padeluun, he is a member of the Big Brother Award panel in Germany and a chairman of the FoeBuD e.V., an association which works for civil rights and privacy. The title of his talk will be “Datenkraken. Die Kommunikationsgesellschaft und ihre Feinde” (engl: The communication-society and their enemies). Don’t miss it!

The next days there will be a lot of workshops for pupils, parents and teenagers and other interesting talks.

The last day (Saturday, 28. March) will be organised by the Chaos Computer Club Stuttgart (CCCS) with a lot of interesting speeches and practical examples how to improve privacy. At 14:00 I will give a speech about “Freie Software und Datenschutz” (engl: Privacy and Free Software).

Don’t miss the event! I’m sure it will be great!

Happy Birthday!


Today the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) celebrates his 23 birthday! For 8 years now, the FSFE works for basic rights and freedom in the digital age, a world in which our life increasingly depends on software.

In this eight years FSFE achieved a lot, from the local area to Europe and even up to the United Nations. It ranges from highly visible activities like the Document Freedom Day and the recently launched pdfreaders.org to a lot of behind-the-scenes activities like the work at the United Nations, promoting Free Software interests at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), contributed to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), taken part in discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), taught project managers of the World Bank about Free Software and many more.

In honor of the day FSFE has released a special edition of the Fellowship Interview series, in which Georg Greve explains the history behind FSFE and how he came to found it. Here you can find the Interview.