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Dear Newsletter Reader,

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

Millions of underaged users an 'Open Secret'

Meta deliberately collected and analysed data from minors on Instagram. Reports that the account holders were under 13 years old were ignored.
More: At Meta. Millions of Underaged Users Were an 'Open Secret', States Say - The New York Times

Rapid Development in AI: Pika Labs has unveiled the first version of its innovative video generator

The market for generative AI models in the field of video editing is growing steadily, and in addition to Pika, Runway and Stability AI are also focussing on AI-supported video solutions. With the launch of Pika 1.0 and the successful financing, Pika Labs could further expand its market position.
More: Pika Launches AI Video Editing App and Announces $55 Million In Funding - Forbes

Complaint filed against Meta because of 'Pay or Okay'

The consumer protection organisation NOYB has lodged a complaint with the Austrian data protection authority, arguing that the choice between personalised advertising and a monthly fee is unlawful and excludes poor people.
More: noyb files GDPR complaint against Meta over "Pay or Okay" - noyb.eu

Targeted advertising for chat control: noyb complaint against EU Commission

noyb has filed a complaint against the EU Commission (Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs). In September 2023, the authority used micro-targeting on Twitter (X) to advertise the controversial chat control.
More: noyb files complaint against EU Commission over targeted chat control ad campaign - noyb.eu

By 2030, 80% of the EU population should have basic digital skills

The EU Council has issued a recommendation on digital education. According to the recommendation, 80 per cent of the EU population aged 16 to 74 should have at least basic digital skills by 2030. To achieve this, the Council has made a number of proposals and demands on the member states.
More: Bis 2030 sollen 80 Prozent der EU-Bevรถlkerung digitale Grundkompetenzen erlangen - heise online

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

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