Most European legal frame related to new technologies is cooked up at Brussels. Its future members will decide on the patentability of software, on data privacy issues, TPRM, and so on. On 14th and 15th April a conference and Linux User Group event chaired by Daniel Cohn-Bendit (member of European parlament) takes place. Join an install party within European Parliament (and bring your favorite MEP with you). Attend a panel with eg. Alan Cox, Georg Greve, Jon Lech Johansen (of decss fame). Participate in a guided tour through Brussels (Demonstration for a Free Information Infrastructure ("Anti-Swpat")). Meet LUGs and development teams from all over the place, and the software patent experts of FFII.
As so many KDE contributors, companies and users are from Europe, this event is a good opportunity to present the progress of the project. Our European decision makers know very little about KDE as a mature desktop solution. KDE's great internationalization efforts for instance are a practical solution to the requirements of the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages. Educate your EU representatives and officers about the importance of KDE for the Freedom of the European Information Infrastructure. Jens Mühlhaus (Munich City Council) will speak about the Munich Linux/KDE migration project.
Free Information Infrastructure, 14 April 2004
Euro G/LUG party, Brussels European Parliament room ASP 1G2, 15 April 2004
The Greens in European parliament invite representatives of GNU/Linux Users Groups of the 25 Member States of the European Union to come to Brussels to
9.00-11.00 25 G/LUGs for a Free Europe
Gathering European GNU/Linux Users Groups and associations for the promotion of free software : BxLUG - Belgium, RWO - Plug - Poland, Vrijschrift - The Netherlands, LiLux - Luxemburg, FFS Software - Austria, APRIL - HNS-info.net - France, GUUG - Germany, SSLUG - Sweden&Denmark, LUGOS - Slovenia, Debian - Latvia, AKL - Lithuania, LugRoma - Italy, Grece, Cyprus, Finland, Estonia, ...
11.00-12.30 Linux Install Party for MEPs with Monica Frassoni Dany Cohn-Bendit, Hiltrud Breyer, Bart Staes, ... organized by BxLug
15.00 PANEL I: FAIR USE/COPIE PRIVÉE
Gwen Hinze (Electronic Fronteer Foundation)
Laurence Lebersorg (Test-Achat Belgium)
Jon Lech Johansen (DVD-Jon)
16.00 PANEL II: FREE/OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
Cristiano Paggetti (Italy): eGovernment
Andrea Glorioso (Italy): Free Content
Herman Bruynickx (Belgium): Free software in education
Jens Muhlhaus (Germany): Public administration: Linux für Munchen
17.00 PANEL III : FREE AS IN FREEDOM
Georg Greve, FSF Europe (Germany) Agenda 1910
17.30 Alan Cox www.linux.org.uk co-signatory of the letter sent by Linus Torvalds to the President of EP against software patents (UK)