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Dear Newsletter Reader,

we are very pleased to present you our monthly newsletter in May. Thank you for your interest!

In our Open Tech Newsletter we would like to support our goal of an open, digital society by informing about digital topics and pointing out events - everything around open source, privacy and data protection.

You can actively participate! If you have a comment or a topic suggestion (also for our blog), we are happy to hear from you at any time.

Newsletter Topics

  1. Current Developments & News
  2. ViOffice - Behind the scenes
  3. Conferences & Events
  4. What did you think of this newsletter?

Current Developments & News

EU fines Facebook/Meta € 1.2 Billion for Mass Surveillance

After a 10-year legal dispute, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has fined Facebook's parent company, Meta, a record 1.2 billion euros for mass surveillance and violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
More: € 1.2 billion fine against Meta over EU-US data transfers - noyb

EU AI Act: Fine-tuning in the EU Parliament before Final Vote

On May 11, the responsible committee in the EU Parliament made the last changes to the EU AI Act before the final vote in June. In a further step, the law must be discussed with the European Council.
More: A step closer to the first rules on Artifical Intelligence - European Parliament News

Workforce Shortage in Cyber Security Grows

A report from the Cybersecurity Organization (ISC)² shows that globally, the cyber security workforce shortage is on the rise. Europe in particular could be in trouble as a result.
More: Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2022 - (ISC)²

European Cyber Resilience Act

The European Parliament and EU member states are in the process of discussing the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA), which is a proposed Regulation designed to enhance the cybersecurity of connected devices within the EU. The CRA suggests implementing auditing and certification standards for manufacturers of software and hardware used in connected devices.
More: The Cyber Resilience Act: How to make Europe more digitally resilient? - EDRi

The rise of the gig-economy

More and more people are working in the gig-economy, meaning there are more short-term project-based contracts and freelancers, most of whom are hired on online platforms. What does this mean for fundamental social protection?
More: Creating content in the gig economy -

ViOffice - Behind the Scenes

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ViOffice Blog:

In our blog, we want to get involved in current discussions, create social awareness for digital topics such as open source, free software, data protection and privacy, and transparently communicate internal processes to you. We also address aspects such as social and environmental sustainability in the context of digitalization. This month we published one new article on our blog:

Conferences & Events

  • June 08 - 10, 2023: MozFest House - MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world. - (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • June 20 - 23, 2023: CloudLand - Four-day festival of the German-speaking Cloud Native Community (DCND) with expert conferences, community meetings, and celebrations. - (Phantasialand near Cologne, Germany)
  • September 16, 2023: Software Freedom Day - Annual worldwide celebration of Free Software organized by the Digital Freedom Foundation (DFF) -

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