Amsterdam, 16 August 2010. - A broad coalition of Dutch civil society organisations expresses its serious worries about the policymaking process and contents of the anti-imitation agreement ACTA. The negotiations about this international treatment take place for the most of it in secret. The organisations have sent an open letter to call upon the Dutch government to increase the transparency of the negotiations and reduce the scope of the proposed agreement.
European regulators are under pressure to maintain and enforce net neutrality. Many service providers would like to restrict your internet traffic. Only regulators can prohibit that from happening and enforce a free, open and neutral internet.
The European Commission asked for comments in their Public Consultation. The Free Knowledge Institute has sent in this submission.
Amsterdam, 29 September 2010. We are happy to announce the joining of Gleducar into the FTA network. Argentine non-profit organisation Gleducar has been working in the Free/Open Education field for almost ten years. It has built a community with over 500 educators and learners and is one of the most important educational initiatives of Latin America.
The Free Knowledge Institute is very pleased to start a new collaboration with the Foundation for P2P Alternatives to make theories about Peer Production and the Commmons widely available through the FTA Network. Here follows the FTA announcement.
Paris, September 8th, 2010 - The adoption by the European Parliament of Written Declaration 12 opposing the ACTA agreement sends a strong political signal. European Commission shows its will to quickly conclude the negotiations of this agreement that includes harmful provisions for fundamental rights. ACTA aims at circumventing democracy to impose now and later repressive legislation through secret negotiations. The European Parliament now has a unique occasion to firmly oppose it.
On June 1st, 2010, Karin Spaink gave an excellent speech during an expert meet on e-books. She is urging the publishing industry to learn from all the mistakes the music industry made. E-books need to be protected against technical measures to control users, such as DRM, and should be much cheaper than printed books.
Read her speech on De Nieuwe Reporter, in Dutch.
Software Engineering (SE) is a fast changing subject that often poses a moving target both for learners and educators. In order to tackle this problem, an open approach to SE education can provide continuous feedback between educational institutions and "the real world", where these skills will be finally applied in most cases.
Digital Agenda: Caution required for the future EU Net policies (Press Release by La Quadrature du Net)
Republication of a Press Release from La Quadrature du Net:
Strasbourg, May 19, 2010 - Today, with the release of Neelie Kroes' Digital Agenda, the European Commission is unveiling major policy orientations regarding Internet-related policies. Several leaked drafts of the document revealed heavy pressures from various special interest groups. While the general outcome of the final document is encouraging, the crucial question of interoperability and open standards was eventually arbitrated in favour of US software vendors' positions. On IPR enforcement and cybercrime, the worst has been avoided but some very ambiguous wording remains.
The article SELF Platform: A Teacher - Centric Collaborative Authoring System written by Meena Kharatmal, Nagarjuna G. from the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, co-founders of the SELF Project, has been published in the Journal of Applied Collaborative Systems.
1. New course books available!
The Free Technology Academy is proud to announce the online publication of a new set of course books that correspond to the upcoming modules of the FTA programme starting in April: "Web applications development", "Economic aspects of Free Software" and "Software development".