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European cities reuse Madrid’s open source citizen participation solution

Consul, the citizen participation platform shared as open source by the city of Madrid (Spain), is being implemented in 18 countries across the world. In Spain, Consul is used by over 40 villages, towns and cities. In Europe, Consul is also used by Paris and Aude (France), Turin (Italy), and Tirana (Albania), while Madrid has … Read more

Germany funds open source security check for SMEs

Germany’s federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has been funding a 26-month project to help small and medium-sized companies avoid IT security issues when using open source content management systems. The project started in September 2016 and will end in November this year. The project is now looking for sponsors to continue the online … Read more

Tell your MEPS to #SaveYourInternet before 12 September and to say NO to the Censorship Machines.

This vote is currently scheduled for Wednesday 12 September at 12h00 CEST (provisional date), and the deadline for Amendments is set to Wednesday 5 September at 13h00 CEST. You can call Members of the European Parliament in their Strasbourg office until Wednesday 12 September 10 am CET (the vote is scheduled on that day at … Read more

The Greek Scientix Conference successfully completed

The Greek Scientix Conference for STEM training was successfully completed, the conference was organized by the Open Technologies Alliance(GFOSS), the National Association of Managers of the Natural Science Laboratories (panekfe) and the European SchoolNet on 3-4 September 2018 at the National Technical University of Athens, in the Zografou campus. In the conference 857 participants registered … Read more

Finland’s open code repository now includes municipalities

Municipalities in Finland should now find it easier to discover reusable, open source ICT solutions. A list of available solutions is available on the Avoinkoodi (“Open Code”) portal, managed by COSS, the country’s open source resource centre. To promote sharing and reuse of open source solutions, the centre is working with Kuntaliitto, the Association of … Read more

10 GFOSS projects in Google Summer of Code 2018 have been successfully completed

On August 2018, the third and final evaluation of the GFOSS projects in Google Summer of Code 2018 was completed, all 10 GFOSS projects have been successfull. GSoC offers every year to students from around the world the opportunity to contribute to an open source project, and to learn how to work in a software … Read more

On October 13-14, 2018 the 11th FOSSCOMM will be organized in the University of Crete

FOSSCOMM (Free and Open Source Software Communities Meeting) is the pan-Hellenic conference of free and open source software communities. It is addressed at programmers, students and anyone else interested in the open source movement, despite their background. Participating communities include the Hellenic Linux User Group (HELLUG), contributors of open source projects such as Mozilla, Fedora, … Read more

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery: how to communicate to denaturalize enclosures and make commons sexy again?

The idea of the commons is much older than capitalism. But somehow we got used to the opposite idea: that everything is private property unless stated otherwise. A lot of problems already have open source solutions, but those who need them not always can find them. How to complete that missing link to help the … Read more

Why we should start taxing the robots that are taking human jobs

This post is also available in: Greek (Image by Shutterstock via The Conversation) Ryan Abbott, University of Surrey and Bret Bogenschneider, University of Surrey  for The Conversation Automation promises to be one of the great social challenges of our generation. The fear that robots will steal our jobs is an old one. But it’s being felt … Read more