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Dear Newsletter Reader,

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

Video System in German City reports Hugs to the Police

In the German City of Mannheim 'smart cameras' are used as AI suverillance tools. Sometimes, however, hugs are mistaken for violent attacks.
More: AI-powered surveillance - Algorithm Watch

Norway fines Meta and forbids tracking of its users

After the court ruled that Meta was unlawfully collecting personal data for marketing purposes, Norway has temporarily banned the company from tracking personal user data and fined it nearly €100,000 for each day it does not comply with the ban.
More: Facebook, Instagram face Norwegian ban from tracking users for ads - Politico

€ 1 million fine for using Google Analytics against Tele2 and CDON

The Swedish data protection authority fines the telecommunication provider Tele2 and the online retailer CDON with a total of € 1 million fpr using Google Analytics due to severe GDPR violations.
More: First major fine (€ 1 million) for using Google Analytics - noyb

U.S. Intelligence services collect sensitive data on everyone

An official report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) reveals that the U.S. intelligence agencies have collected and bought data on almost everyone.
More: U.S. Intelligence Has Amassed 'Sensitive and Intimate' Data on 'Nearly Everyone' - Gizmodo

Meta's Twitter rival 'Threads' will not launch in the EU

Due to EU data privacy regulations, Meta will not launch its Twitter rivals 'Threads' in the European Union.
More: No Instagram Threads app in the EU: Irish DPC says Meta's new Twitter rival won't be launched here -

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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