Bits of Freedom
Bits of Freedom

Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.

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Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.


Are you the FSFE's next intern?

One of the advantages of our ticket system in the FSFE, which we now use to manage among other things our internship applications, is that it's very easy to get an overview. I just extracted a report of our internship applications for the past month. Since the 18th of April, we've had 29 applications for an internship or traineeship. Amon…

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Swedish media upset about nothing

It happens frequently. Media gets upset, or tries to portray something very normal as something gravely troublesome. I'll quickly run through two so called stories circulating this week. First out is the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, which you would do well not to read in general (though the articles by political commentator Lena Mellin ar…

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On our backend work

Every half year (starting from the beginning of 2016, so it's fairly recent), we set organisational goals for our staff. These are usually focused on internal structures and procedures which need to be improved in order to make it easier for our volunteers to do the work they do on the local level. In my mail to our web discussion list a…

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Updating the FSFE's self conception

A while ago, I wrote on the FSFE's web mailing list a review I'm currently making of our web pages, and in particular our section which explain the organisation (About). One of the documents in this hierarchy, which I believe is critical to update, is our "Self Conception". In principle, the document is good, but in several parts, the doc…

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Structures and membership

In January, I elaborated on the structure of the FSFE, owing to a request from our members to work out a plan for making the FSFE more inclusive and transparent. Since then, we've taken some actions towards this, including making a transparency commitment which is consistent with the guidelines from Transparency International Germany. We…

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The structure of a freedom fighting NGO

@fsfe @ggreve Well, that's not what I would call a democratic organization?— zoobab (@zoobab) January 21, 2016 Seeing this tweet, I felt that this was a great opportunity to talk about the structure of the FSFE as a freedom-fighting NGO and how it has evolved over time. At the last General Assembly of the organisation, Matthias…

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In memory of Telsa Gwynne

Telsa Gwynne at GUADEC 2001. Photo by Ole Tange, distributed under the Open Publication License. I can't say that she was a close friend, but we knew each other since way back in time. She was a constant companion in search of good food and during several free software conferences, she and I took the lead of a group of hackers, finding…

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