The Free Knowledge Institute supports the Free Software Pact Initiative. With this campaign, candidates to the European Parliament are asked to subscribe the Free Software Pact. This initiative started as a joint effort of the French association April and the Italian Associazione per il software libero.
On June 6th the members of the European Parliament for the 2009-1014 period will be elected by the citizens of the 27 member countries. Shortly after this, the new representatives will start a new round of negotiations of the infamous Telecom package. If you are a citizen of one of the member countries, we ask you to consider the position of the different parties before casting your vote. You can check the list of parties and their votes on previous negotiations in this page.
The Free Knowledge Institute is a member of the OpenNet Coalition, a joint effort of several organisations to raise awareness about civil rights in the digital era. For more information on this campaign, http://blackouteurope.eu
Update - Vrijschift has released a summarised report of the vote cast by each of the current groups in the most relevant decisions taken by the European Parliament regarding copyright law and net neutrality. The report concentrates on Belgium and The Netherlands but includes information about the rest of Europe as well.
Strasbourg, May 6 2009 − The debates on the Telecoms Package, thanks to a remarkable citizen mobilization, led to an extremely strong recognition of the access to internet as a fundamental right with the re-adoption of amendment 138/46 in second reading by a qualified majority. It is the final blow against three-strike laws such as Nicolas Sarkozy's HADOPI bill, which are explicitely banned. The European Parliament nevertheless adopted a soft compromise on issues of network equity: no strong protection against “net discrimination” was adopted.
More information on: http://blackouteurope.eu and http://www.laquadrature.net/en/amendment-138-46-adopted-again
The European Commission can read "documents sent to its services in a wide range of formats including international standards such as PDF, ODF..." replies Mr Morán García, Director General of the Informatics Directorate General of the Commission, DIGIT. Mr. Morán's answers the request for adherence to Open Standards in EU bodies and EC programmes that a group of people have sent under the initiative of the Free Knowledge Institute.
Last Friday, 24th of April, the foundations for vendor independent ICT education in the Netherlands were laid down. Initiated by the Free Knowledge Institute, Ecabo and Vocational Education centre ROC Mondriaan, more than 20 representatives from some of the key institutes for VET and Higher education (MBO and HBO in Dutch), from government and several companies specialised in GNU/Linux certification and training participated in this first meeting.
The Telecoms Package is a set of European Directives regulating electronic communication networks which will deeply affect laws on telecommunications, the Internet and future networks of the Member States of the European Union for many years to come (1).
A group of universities, civil organisations and individuals across Europe have sent an appeal to the European Commission expressing their concerns on the lock-in effects of proprietary file formats for digital documents. Despite all the European interoperability regulations, directives and recommendations, most agencies and funding programmes keep using closed formats to communicate with applicants and beneficiaries, and require that these formats be used for reporting.
A group of universities, civil organisations and individuals across Europe have sent an appeal to the European Commission expressing their concerns on the lock-in effects of proprietary file formats for digital documents. Amongst others, this letter has been sent to
Free Technology Academy set up as distance learning campus
A Consortium formed by three universities and led by the Free Knowledge Institute (FKI) has received the support from the EC's Lifelong Learning Programme to offer an international educational programme on Free Software. Following the Open Educational Resources movement, all learning materials will be freely available through the Internet. The use of Free Software (also referred to as Open Source software or Libre Software) is expanding rapidly in governmental and private organisations. However, still only a limited number of IT professionals, teachers and decision makers have sufficient knowledge and expertise in these new fields. In order to cover this gap, the Free Knowledge Institute and three European universities have founded the Free Technology Academy. The first course materials will be available after this summer.