Past events

Saturday, 4 February, 2012 - 08:00

We'll be lightning speaking at FOSDEM and hang around with FSFE and lots and lots of great folks, hackers and hedgehogs :-)

We'll have t-shirts!

http://fosdem.org/2012/schedule/event/epfsug

 

Wednesday, 9 November, 2011 - 11:00

If you need a badge to enter the European Parliament, please bring your passport or ID and come to the Accreditation Centre, see map and picture. Please be there at 10h30 since it takes a while to sign everybody in. Thanks!
png with EPFSUG AT HACKATHON

Dear Colleagues and friends,

I am very happy to invite you again to an event with the European Parliament Free Software User Group. This time we have prominent guests from both academia and the hacker community who will talk about reverse engineering the law making process and the use of free software and open data in lawmaking itself. We meet within the framework of a two day competition for internet transparency tools, aka the EU Hackathon or Hack4Transparency. I warmly recommend you to join their freedom efforts too.

Time: 11h00-13h00 Wednesday 9 November 2011 (download to your agenda)
Location: Room A5E1 (Building Altiero Spinelli (ASP), 5th floor, room E1)
Regi-
stration:
If you don't have a badge, please mail that you are coming to epfsug@epfsug.eu (open and public registration), otherwise no registration necessary.

With the advent of open data initiatives and increasing transparency in policy-making, I believe the time is ripe to introduce computational resources in the legislative process. Not only is it possible to decrease the administrative burden, but modern data-mining techniques could allow us to also streamline information flows and reduce complexity, as well as lower entry barriers to citizen engagement. These bold claims will be discussed on the basis of "running code" as proof of concept, and as propositions for the future of democracy.

We will also have a discussion on the autumn release of a first class free software solution for our parliamentary email called tmail. With the recent and greatly improved wireless capacity of the EP's network, it is easier than ever to use our private laptops at work, and consequently also to use integrated solutions which implement open standards in free software applications - such as mail.

Please join us in November!

Best regards,

Indrek Tarand


Agenda for EPFSUG meeting 9 November 2011

WELCOME by EPFSUG Patron MEP Indrek Tarand
About EPFSUG

The European Parliament Free Software User Group is an open community of staff, assistants and Members of the European Parliament, and of supporters from the free software community. Its goals are to:

  • Assist people interested in using free software in the European Parliament
  • Drive adoption of free software in the European Parliament's information infrastructure
  • Push for use of open standards, to ensure equal access for citizens using free software
  • Work in cooperation with like-minded groups in Europe and around the world
FREE
SOFT-
WARE
AND
OPEN
DATA
IN LAW-
MAKING
Mining for freedom in oeil, eur-lex and a few others
Stefan Marsiske
Stefan will present Parltrack, a free software solution which aggregates and reinterprets the data from OEIL, Eur-lex and some other public EU resources. When you have limited resources, Stefan will show that using free software can be key to enable effective interaction with the Parliament's decision making process, with improved transparency as well as accountability as a result. The presentation will also uncover some shortcomings of the current information infrastructure, which suggests it might be prohibitively expensive to develop free solutions for organisations suffering from vendor lock-in, proprietary standards and data formats.
REVERSE ENGINEE-
RING THE LAWMAKING PROCESS
"Code is Law"
Peter Ljungstrand
Deployed, compiled computer code can be reverse engineered, and then hacked, patched, and re-engineered. Various constituting parts can also be identified and re-used. Peter will apply a similar perspective and methodology to the law making process, opening up new possibilities and perspectives. By indexing and analysing vast amounts of freely available legal and political texts, important ideas and terms expressed in text documents can be back-traced towards their origins. The spreading of some particular catch-phrase or legal twist can be traced and visualized. The vision is to develop and make available new software tools to policymakers and administrative staff, grassroots, activists and journalists, but also to researchers from political science, law, as well as computational linguistics and information science, as this kind of tools could open up new ways of working. Various kinds of broader implications, as well as challenges, will be identified and discussed.
TMAIL
AUTUMN
RELEASE
First class tmail
Jonatan Walck and Erik Josefsson
Tmail, or Tratten Mail has turned out to be an ever evolving service, as the Parliament updates and upgrades its systems and as user needs grow. Jonatan and Erik will summarise their experiences after half a year of finetuning the tmail service and proudly present the autumn release of what must be labelled a first class free software solution for parliamentary email. Some new elements include archiving, search and web access - and last but not least - encryption.
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Wednesday, 7 September, 2011 - 10:00

If you need a badge to enter the European Parliament, please bring your passport or ID and come to the Accreditation Centre, see map and picture.
Please be there at 09h30 since it takes a while to sign everybody in.
Thanks!

 

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am very happy to invite you to a presentation of FreedomBox, a new generation of software-powered devices to enable freedom of expression and private communications for citizens around the world, as well as a hands on session for learning how to protect our privacy with free software both on our personal computers and office laptops.

Time: 10h00-12h00 Wednesday 7 September 2011 (download to your agenda)
Location: Room PHS 4 B001 (Building Paul-Henri Spaak, 4th floor, room B001)
Regi-
stration:
If you don't have a badge, please mail that you are coming to epfsug@epfsug.eu (open registration), otherwise no registration necessary.

There is an interesting link between these presentations and the movie "Disco and Atomic War" which was screened in the EP last year. While its title and poster could lead your thoughts elsewhere, the key theme in the film is actually about technology - the film shows how access to information transformed Estonia and Estonians, contributing to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Back then we had to hack the antennas to receive Finnish TV signals, today we see new technologies being hacked, and sometimes with the same aim as then, to get access to information enabling change.

It is therefore a pleasure to invite you to the next meeting of EPFSUG to reach through history and see the link between my old friends the Estonian antenna hackers and the hackers who make new technology available with the FreedomBox.

You are warmly welcome.

Best regards,

Indrek Tarand


Agenda for EPFSUG meeting 7 September 2011

WELCOME by EPFSUG Patron MEP Indrek Tarand
About EPFSUG

The European Parliament Free Software User Group is an open community of staff, assistants and Members of the European Parliament, and of supporters from the free software community. Its goals are to:

  • Assist people interested in using free software in the European Parliament
  • Drive adoption of free software in the European Parliament's information infrastructure
  • Push for use of open standards, to ensure equal access for citizens using free software
  • Work in cooperation with like-minded groups in Europe and around the world
A BOX OF FREEDOM A FreedomBox in every home
Jonas Smedegaard
The FreedomBox is a project to help you to stay in control of your own privacy on the internet. Why is this needed? Because you often loose or have to give up privacy rights in whole or in part when you participate in centralised social network platforms. Privacy concerned computer enthusiasts have practised protection of personal digital freedoms for quite some time now, using a range of well known technical tools. FreedomBox is a tiny low-power box containing these same reliable tools, improved to be dead-easy to use also by ordinary citizens. Jonas will explain, explore and expose what is fundamentally at stake and show how each of you can turn the internet around to serve yourself and thereby all of us.
EXPLO-
RING THE OFFICE LAPTOP
Ubuntu and boot option three
Johannes Woelfing
Legend has it that MEP offices may acquire a laptop from LSUMEP with Ubuntu as one (of three) boot options. Johannes will give a short field report on what it's like to get your hands on the office laptop and try out Evolution, LibreOffice and Firefox in the EP environment. We'll also get a report on tmail and how it works with EP servers in general and with the Exchange servers in particular. Bring your own office laptop and compare!
PRIVACY
POWER
TO THE
PEOPLE!
You can never get too much privacy can you?
Joris Vanhove
By summing up why securing your email communications and spoof-proofing your identity is essential, Joris will walk us through the basics of email privacy, and tutor signing, verifying and encrypting in three quick steps. It's easy and fun! Bring your laptop and try it out!
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Thursday, 30 June, 2011 - 17:30

 

Dear friends,

On June 30 we meet in the European Parliament Free Software User Group (EPFSUG) again. We have invited enthusiasts and experts of the LoCo team from Ubuntu Belgium to learn more about their projects and activities, and to have a look at Ubuntu's new desktop and netbook environment "Unity". We'll also look into how to secure email exchange with strong encryption and discuss the latest developments with regards to the ongoing procurement of Windows 7 in the EU institutions.

You are all welcome to join.

Best regards,

Indrek Tarand

Location: Room A8F388, European Parliament in Brussels
Time: 17h30 - 19h00 Thursday 30 June 2011 (download to your agenda)
Registration: If you don't have a badge, please mail that you are coming to epfsug@epfsug.eu (open registration), otherwise no registration necessary.
Bring your laptop: For active participation!

Agenda:
Welcome
by EPFSUG Patron MEP Indrek Tarand
What is Unity
Ubuntu and the Unity interface
Wouter Vandenneucker
Unity is a new desktop and netbook environment from Ubuntu which provides a complete, simple, touch-ready integration of applications and workflow. It looks a bit like iPad or Android interfaces and is designed for netbooks and related touch-based devices. It makes it fast and easy to access preferred applications. Wouter will show how.
Pretty good free privacy
More pretty good free privacy
Joris Vanhove
Securing your email communications and spoof-proofing your identity is now easy and fun. Joris will tutor signing, verifying and encrypting mail in three easy steps.
Bring your laptop!
Procure-
ment
update
Procurement of Windows 7
Erik Josefsson
Answers to parliamentary questions to the Commission on the procurement of Windows 7 has raised further questions relating to both the Digital Agenda and procurement guidelines published by the Commission. Erik will sum up the state of play.
Autumn
plans
Before the summer break it's always good to look ahead. We'll brainstorm on what we'd like to focus on in September and plan for the next meeting.
Become a supporter
Can't wait to learn more about free software?

About EPFSUG

The European Parliament Free Software User Group is an open community of staff, assistants and Members of the European Parliament, and of supporters from the free software community.
Its goals are to:

  • Assist people interested in using free software in the European Parliament
  • Drive adoption of free software in the European Parliament's information infrastructure
  • Push for use of open standards, to ensure equal access for citizens using free software
  • Work in cooperation with like-minded groups in Europe and around the world

 

Friday, 13 May, 2011 - 10:30

Preparatory meeting with the European Parliament Data Protection Officer in Luxembourg.

EPFSUG members and supporters are welcome to join.

RSVP by 10 May to epfsug@epfsug.eu

Agenda:

  • DP-policies for the pad and the mailing lists
  • DP-policies for registrations to events

Please fill in your ideas and questions on the pad: http://pad.epfsug.eu/p/epfsug--infrastructure-manifesto

 

Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 - 10:00

We will meet the VP of the EP about Free Software

Agenda topics:

  1. curent situation
  2. future

 

 

Tuesday, 19 April, 2011 - 12:30
Dear friends,

My dear colleague Olle Schmidt and I hereby kindly invite members and supporters of the European Parliament Free Software User Group to a sandwich lunch and an exchange of ideas, experiences and aspirations.

Location: Room A1E-3 European Parliament in Brussels
Time: 12h30 - 14h00 Tuesday 19 April 2011 (download to your agenda)
Lunch: A sandwich lunch will be provided for registered guests
Registration and questions: Please contact erik.josefsson@europarl.europa.eu
Bring your laptop: For active participation!

Agenda:
Welcome
by host MEP Olle Schmidt and EPFSUG Patron MEP Indrek Tarand
Drupal
Contacts
Databases
Drupal and contact databases (CiviCRM)
Marc Kaufmann and Xavier Dutoit
When sending targeted emails and newsletters, and when organising events and campaigns MEPs (and their assistants) often spend a lot of time finding phone numbers, getting the list of contacts interested in a specific topic and searching for documents. Marc and Xavier will present how the free tool CiviCRM can help and improve information and communication management.
Tmail
and
webmail
Tmail and webmail
Jonatan Walck and Erik Josefsson
The web interface to the Parliament's mail services provides for using email on any platform via a server solution we call tmail. Jonatan and Erik will show how tmail works on both laptops and smartphones using free software.
Pretty good
free privacy
Pretty good free privacy
Joris Vanhove
Securing your email communications and spoof-proofing your identity is now easy and fun. Joris will tutor signing, verifying and encrypting mail in three easy steps.
After
meeting
activities
  • Key signing
  • Install fest

Bring your laptop

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Can't wait to learn more about free software?

About EPFSUG

The European Parliament Free Software User Group wants to:

  • work together with everybody who believes in, promotes and holds dear citizens' freedom in the information society
  • work in close cooperation with like-minded groups in Europe and around the world
  • focus on technical work to assist people interested in using Free Software in the European Parliament
  • serve as a reference and resource for MEPs, staff, assistants and the institution as a whole
  • drive change in the European Parliament's information infrastructure in a consensus-oriented manner

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