In the light of the recent discussions about "sourceless firmware" and similar issues in Debian, some people might be interesting in helping with (or at least getting informed about) a practical project related to this - a free (GPL'd) BIOS replacement. It's quite likely that some OLPC people will be there, too, as the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project employs LinuxBIOS on their hardware...
Deadline for workshop and talk proposals is September 10th (if you should plan to give a talk), and a preliminary agenda is already available online. The registration process has also recently started (deadline is September 11th). See this post for the full announcement.
Now, if I manage to somehow gather a reasonably large amount of Euros, I'll probably be there.
Update 2006-09-11: I have decided to register for the conference, so I'll be there! Anyone else?
On the 13th of December (next Tuesday) the European Parliament will vote on a Data Retention Directive. This directive is stupid, stupid, stupid (you cannot stress that enough)! More info on the Data Retention is No Solution wiki.
/me walks to the local Irish pub for some Guinness now.
Meme time again... This is the map of countries which I have visited...
OK, so I'm quite Europe-centered...
The European ministers of Justice and the European Commission want to install a privacy nightmare in Europe:
The proposal to retain traffic data will reveal who has been calling and e-mailing whom, what websites people have visited and even where they were with their mobile phones.
As a response, the European Digital Rights (EDRI) has started the Data Retention is no Solution petition. Currently about 17.000 people signed (I am one of them), but lots more signatures (1 million) are needed until October 12, 2005.
Sign the petition, tell all your friends. I'm sure none of us want to live in a total-surveillance-as-in-1984 type of world.
Software patents were stopped in India. We can prevent them in Europe, too. But we need to act. Now.