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Dear Newsletter Reader,

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

ChatGPT: Italian data protection authority bans ChatGPT, inquiry of German regulators

ChatGPT comes under critical review by European data protection authorities. Italy has even banned the language model.
More: Italian data protection authority bans ChatGPT citing privacy violations - EURACTIV

Role of the European Media Freedom Act

The EU Media Freedom Act (EMFA) aims to protect media pluralism and the independence of the media in the EU. But what exactly does the law entail and how can it be viewed in the age of social media?
More: Journalism and social media: The role of the EU's Media Freedom Act - EURACTIV

Microsoft Edge sends almost all visited web pages to Bing

Reddit users spotted that Microsoft's Edge browser sends almost all URLs you visit to its BING API website.
More: Microsoft Edge is leaking the sites you visit to Bing - The Verge

Difference between phone unlocking and biometric mass suveillance?

Facial recognition is one of the most hotly-debated topics in the European Union’s (EU) Artificial Intelligence Act. Lawmakers are more aware than ever of the risks posed by automated surveillance systems which pervasively track our faces – as well as our bodies and movements – across time and place. This can amount to biometric mass surveillance (BMS), which undermines our anonymity and freedom, and weaponises our faces and bodies against us.
More: Phone unlocking vs biometric mass surveillance: what's the difference? - EDRi

Investigation into Microsoft market dominance by German antitrust authorities

After a complaint filed by Nextcloud on behalf of a coalition of dozens of European cloud tech providers in November 2021, the German Bundeskartellamt (federal antitrust authorities) has now begun an official investigation into Microsoft to assess if the company has a dominant position in the market.
More: Nextcloud complaint precedes investigation into Microsoft market dominance by German antitrust authorities -

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

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