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Dear Newsletter Reader,

we are very pleased to present you our monthly newsletter in August. 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 to fine TikTok for breaching children's pricacy

The European Data Protection Board decided to fine the Chinese-owned video-sharing platform TikTok for breaching children's privacy.
More: TikTok to be fined for breaching children's privacy in EU - The Guardian.

Arrival of LibreOffice 7.6: Demonstrating the Maturity of the Open Source Veteran

The Document Foundation released a new version of the Open Source office-suite LibreOffice. What is new in LibreOffice 7.6 and what comes after the 7.x release series?
More: LibreOffice 7.6 arrives: Open Source stalwart is showing its maturity - The Register

Safeguarding Our Rights with Encryption

Encryption in private communication is under attack by legislators in the EU, the UK and the US. Privacy and data protection should not be criminalized in a our society.
More: Encryption protects our rights, privacy is not a crime -

Europe is fallind behind in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

McKinsey's groundbreaking study highlights the critical importance of transversal tech dominance for Europe's growth. The current assessment of Europe's performance ranges from unsatisfactory to disappointing. By 2040, this could account for 30-70% of projected growth or €2-4 trillion in yearly corporate value-added that Europe risks not achieving, as per McKinsey's analysis.
More: Is Europe sleepwalking into tech irrelevance? - Euractiv

Your VPN Could Be Prone to the Privacy-Threatening TunnelCrack Attack

In certain scenarios, malicious actors can employ a set of techniques called TunnelCrack to manipulate victims' network traffic, causing it to bypass encrypted VPNs.
More: There's a good chance your VPN is vulnerable to privacy-menacing TunnelCrack attack - The Register

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

  • 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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