In October we have started to publish a podcast from the FSFE. Meanwhile we have three episodes: with Cory Doctorow, with Lydia Pintscher, and with Harald Welte. The plan for 2020 is to publish one around every month.
Some years ago I myself started to listen to podcasts. Not so much podcasts about technology but rather documentaries, features, and comments about politics. I mainly did that while travelling or if I was not tired but wanted to relax my eyes a bit.
Earlier this year Katharina Nocun encouraged us to start a podcast for the FSFE ourselves. After some considerations we decided to give it a try and cover topics about software freedom in a monthly podcast.
In October for the International Day Against digital restriction management (DRM) I was happy that Cory Doctorow, one of my favourite writers agreed to join us as a guest. We talked with him about the difference between books and an e-books with DRM, how authors and artist can make money without DRM, security implications of DRM, regulation of the so called "Internet of Things", and other questions related to this issue.
In November we talked with Lydia Pintscher, vice president of KDE, about the development of the KDE community, the different KDE projects, the issues they will be tackling over the next two years, how to maintain long term sustainability in such a large project, and how she balances her long time volunteer commitment with her day job.
The last episode for this year was dedicated to an area which was in the focus of heated discussions during 2019: how should the new mobile phone infrastructure for 5G look like. Several countries have taken steps to ban specific vendors and try to convince others to do likewise. For this topic we got Harald Welte – Free Software developer for Osmocom ("open source mobile communications) whom many might know for his past work for gplviolations.org and the OpenMoko. Harald gave an overview of the use of Free Software in mobile phone communication, basics of this technology, or the Huawei ban.