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Dear Newsletter Reader,

we are very pleased to present you our monthly newsletter in June. 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

Voluntary pledges to phase out cookies

The European Commission circulated some initial pledges as part of its voluntary initiative to move the online advertising industry away from ‘cookie fatigue’.
More: EU Commission sets out voluntary pledges to phase out cookies - EuroActiv

Majority for EU AI Act

The European Parliament voted in favour of the AI Act. Free Software is given safeguards; these rules must now be defended in the trilogue and transferred to the Cyber Resilience Act and the Product Liability Directive.
More: EU: Majority for AI Act – and safeguards for Free Software - FSFE

Fantasy fears about AI are obscuring how we already abuse machine intelligence

From surveillance to disinformation, we live in a world shaped by AI. A defining feature of the “new world of ambient surveillance” is that “we cannot opt out of it, any more than we might opt out of automobile culture by refusing to drive”.
More: We blame technology for decisions really made by governments and corporations - The Guardian

The outstanding concerns surrounding generative AI

Ahead of Wednesday’s (14 June) European Parliament AI Act vote, stakeholders came together to discuss the outstanding challenges posed by generative AI technology, from risks of disinformation and bias to competition and the need for international alignment.
More: The outstanding concerns surrounding generative AI - EuroActiv

Digital Privacy Legislation is Civil Rights Legislation

Our personal data and the ways private companies harvest and monetize it plays an increasingly powerful role in modern life. Corporate databases are vast, interconnected, and opaque. The movement and use of our data is difficult to understand, let alone trace. Yet companies use it to reach inferences about us, leading to lost employment, credit, and other opportunities.
More: Digital Privacy Legislation is Civil Rights Legislation - EFF

ViOffice - Behind the Scenes

ViOffice Core: Now GRATIS for accounts with up to 3GB

In case you have not noticed, we revamped our price modeling for our cloud solution ViOffice Core. The service is now completely for free for accounts with an upper storage limit of 3GB. That's plenty of space for working collaboratively on documents, chatting with collegues and organizing yourself using the integrated task boards, calendars and so much more!

Discount code: OpenTech10

Whether it's a complete home office platform in the cloud, privacy-protecting web analytics or exclusive Collabora online office hosting, ViOffice offers a variety of useful tools in a straightforward subscription model. Use the discount code OpenTech10 to save 10% on any subscription for 6 months!
Of course, the monthly cancellation period still applies.

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

  • August 05 - 06, 2023: FrOSCon - Free and Open Source Software Conference - Every year in August the computer science department of the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, supported by FrOSCon e.V., will organize an exciting program with talks and workshops for visitors of all ages. -
  • August 15 - 19, 2023: CCCamp - Chaos Communication Camp - International, five-day open-air event for hackers and associated life-forms. It provides a relaxed atmosphere for free exchange of technical, social, and political ideas -
  • September 16, 2023: Software Freedom Day - Annual worldwide celebration of Free Software organized by the Digital Freedom Foundation (DFF) -
  • September 19 - 21, 2023: Open Source Summit Europe - Event for open source developers, technologists, and community leaders to collaborate, share information, solve problems and gain knowledge, furthering open source innovation and ensuring a sustainable open source ecosystem -

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