Trust your friends

Tue, 18/02/2014 - 11:57 -- azimout


14h00-16h00 Wednesday 5 March 2014

If you need a badge to enter the European Parliament in Brussels, please send an email to and tell that you are attending, then bring your passport or ID and come to the Accreditation Centre, see map and picture.
Please be there at 13h30 since it takes a while to sign everybody in.Thanks!

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Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to be the hosts of a first big small step forward with regards to email encryption in the European Parliament. Together with our friends in EPFSUG, we're following the good example of Ms Harms, the admonitions of our colleagues in LIBE and the advice of the technologists in IETF.

Time: 14h00-16h00 Wednesday 5 March 2014 (download to your calendar)
Location: Room A5G1, Building Altiero Spinelli (ASP), 5th floor
If you don't have a badge please send a mail to, otherwise no registration necessary. Please note that registration is open and public.

Please join us in an open discussion about encryption, confidentiality and authentication and about trusting your friends' email. This event will also be the official launch of DebianParl, a Debian pure blend of free software for doing parliamentary work!

With kind regards,

Nils Torvalds, LINUX grandfather

Indrek Tarand, EPFSUG founding patron

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Agenda for EPFSUG meeting 5 March 2014
14h00-16h00 in room A5G1

WELCOME Nils Torvalds, MEP

The European Parliament Free Software User Group is an open community of staff, assistants and Members of the European Parliament, and of supporters from the free software community. Its goals are to:

  • Assist people interested in using free software in the European Parliament
  • Drive adoption of free software in the European Parliament's information infrastructure
  • Push for use of open standards, to ensure equal access for citizens using free software
  • Work in cooperation with like-minded groups in Europe and around the world

Become a supporter!

Can't wait to learn more about free software?
Trust your friends?
Jonas Smedegaard, DEBIAN developer
Debian - the "universal operating system" - now comes optimized for use by parliamentary workers. After years of field work by EPFSUG pioneers at the European Parliament, the DebianParl project is now ready in an initial desktop/email flavor. Jonas will introduce DebianParl, both what works now and what is in sight. Bring your laptop (with no valuable material on it!) and we will help you get started with DebianParl.
What's the state of free software in the Union?
Gijs Hillenius, OSOR news editor
Across the EU, there is a groundswell of public administrations that use free and open source for their ICT solutions. The EC's OSOR provides evidence of the benefits, proves its significant savings, gives tons of real-life examples and reports on the tough battles taking place in procurement, standardisation and policy-making. Gijs will share the outlook from years of experience, put EPFSUG in a context and tell us where to go for more free software in the EP.
What will happen to EPFSUG?
Erik Josefsson, EPFSUG member
The European Parliament Free Software User Group has a future supporting users of free software who work in the Parliament and are willing to explore ways of incorporating free software in their work routines as far as rules and regulations of the House permit. Erik will give a short overview of what EPFSUG is planning after the elections.


Wednesday, 5 March, 2014 - 14:00