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My Medical Device, My Software


Karen Sandler relies on a medical device to keep her heart pumping.
She had a critical moment when her defibrillator misread her
condition and she had no access to tweak the device. Since then,
Karen has been on an odyssey to persuade doctors and manufacturers to
embrace software freedom in medical devices. She recalls a case of a
neurotechnology company that ended its support of retina implants.
Despite such cases, things can improve in healthcare as more tech
savvy people need medical devices. Listen to
Karen’s interview in our Software Freedom Podcast

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Group picture from Madrid

community celebrated ‘I Love Free Software Day’ all around
. The FSFE local groups in Spain, England, Portugal,
Greece, Germany, and Switzerland took up the call of the FSFE to get
together and celebrate their love for software freedom in person. The
Italian community organized an online event and even Free Software
contributors from outside the FSFE joined the call and organised
meetings like the ones in Austria and Barcelona.

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Special kudos to the FSFE Greece local group that celebrated this
day in Thessaloniki, their first time organizing an event in this
Greek city.

🇩🇰 Denmark: The FSFE local group in
gave a
presentation about “Free Software and Permaculture”
discussing the importance of sustainability through
refurbishment and resource-saving Free Software.

In other news, one hot topic for the Aarhus FSFE local group is the
current discussion by the Danish Data Protection Authority about
whether the use of Chromebooks and Google Workspace for Education in
schools is legal.

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Øjvind Fritjof Arnfred from FSFE local group Aarhus. Denmark,
February 2023

🇩🇪 Germany: The local group
and the LinuxWorks LUG discussed Berlin elections,
addressed server configuration problems of private servers, and
noticed that old accounts in the Fediverse revived after the recent
changes at Twitter.

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On Stage! In Berlin

🇮🇹 Italy: The Merano group
created its own wiki

🇳🇱 Netherlands: The FSFE
country team Netherlands
had a core meeting to discuss its
strategy and will meet again on 15 March.

🇨🇭Switzerland: The next meeting is on 9

Gathering in a place that looks like a bar, in front of an FSFE banner
Cool vibes in Zurich

👩🏽‍🔧 Women: The FSFE Women team
discussed wiki software: Gollum, a git-based Wiki, and PmWiki, a
wiki-based content-management system (CMS) for collaborative creation
and maintenance of websites.

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