Computers in the post-Snowden era: choose before paying!

Software: choose before you pay, sign petition!

The revelations from Edward Snowden concerning massive surveillance of communications demonstrates the need for each person to be able to control their computers and phones.

Yet computer and telephone manufacturers and retailers typically impose on users programs that jeopardise their privacy.

Each person should therefore have the opportunity to refuse to pay for non-Free software, and be allowed to choose the programs that run on their telephone and computer.

Today, Association for the free digital culture – CLibre joins other organisations throughout the world in requesting an unfettered choice of the operating system on telephones, laptops and other computing devices.

Sign the international petition!

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SFD Tunisia 2012

Following the great success of the SFD Tunisia 2011 held with the participation of over than 350 people in Sfax which was selected as one of the best three SFD events organized on 2011. The Tunisian free software community organizing the next celebration of Free Software “SFD Tunisia 2012″ in cooperation with the Monastir Science Palace.

SFD Tunisia 2012 will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Monastir Science Palace, with the participation of Google, Ubuntu Tunisia, Wikipedia Tunisia, SecuriNets, Google Technology User Groups (Sfax & Tunis GTUGs), Arduino, Open Tunisia, CLL FST, Multimedia Club at ENIS, etc…

The event expects the participation of over than 700 people: students, academics, industrials, fans & professionals in FOSS, as well as people who don’t know the FOSS but want to learn about it.

SFD Tunisia 2012 aims to spread the culture of free and open source software and its concepts, to raise awareness of free software and its virtues, and to educate the benefits of using this kind of software everywhere: in education, in government, at home, and in business. The organizers want to promote the FOSS in Tunisia, giving specially students the desire to learn, use, develop and share its technologies, and reactivate the research and development in this area.

The program of this day : Program.

International Conference on Open Source Systems : Program + Registration

Hammamet, Tunisia.The preliminary program of the 8th International conference on Open Source Systems is ready : Preliminary Conference Program.

During this conference personalities from the Open Source world are invited to give talks about different OS topics. Invited speakers are :

Two workshops are also planned :

  1. FLOSS Education: Long-term sustainability
  2. Mobile Free and Open Source Software

Registration is now open for locals in Tunisia and for others. For more informations visit the website

Droidcon Tunisia

DroidConAfter Berlin, London, Bruxelles, Amsterdam, Budapest and Bangalore, For the first Time in Tunisia, in the Arab World and in Africa,

Droidcon is organized in Tunis, a 2-days Android Event with Barcamp day, Conferences Day & a Hackathon by Night.

Professional speakers from the fields of application development, mobile communications and handset manufacturing and other players will present hot topics of the industry and will openly discuss all questions with the participating audience at droidcon 2012 in the City of Sciences of Tunis right after the big industry events and consumer shows have revealed the latest “secrets” around Android.

Pay attention the entry is not free and will cost 20 Dinars for student and 40 Dinars for provisional. Details are here :  or

Barcamp Agenda:  ( Saturday 12th May).

Conference Agenda:  (Sunday  13th May).

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Ubuntu Global Jam Tunisia 12.03

UGJ Tunisia Sticker

After the first Ubuntu Global Jam organized by our local community six months ago, it’s time to announce the second one. This time the media team has prepared a nice video sequence* to announce this event. See you on 2, 3 and 4 March at the National School of Engineers of Gabes.
(*) The video is in Tunisian dialect: from Arabic mixed with French.

Après le premier Ubuntu Global Jam organisé par notre communauté locale il y a 6 mois, il est temps d’annoncer le second. Cette fois l’équipe média a préparée une belle séquence vidéo* pour annoncer cet événement. Rendez-vous donc le 2, 3 et 4 Mars à l’École Nationale des Ingénieurs de Gabes.
(*) La vidéo est en dialecte Tunisien : de l’arabe mixé avec le français.

The 8th International Conference on Open Source Systems

I share with you the call for contribution/participation to the 8th International Conference on Open Source Systems which will be held, for the first time on Tunisia.

Hammamet, Tunisia.10-13 September 2012, Hammamet, Tunisia.

Over the past two decades, Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) has introduced new successful models for creating, distributing, acquiring and using software and software-based services. Inspired by the success of FLOSS, other forms of open initiatives have been gaining momentum. Open source systems (OSS) now extend beyond software to include open access, open documents, open science, open education, open government, open cloud, open hardware, open artworks and museum exhibits, open innovation and more. On the one hand, the openness movement has created new kinds of opportunities such as the emergence of new business models, knowledge exchange mechanisms, and collective development approaches. On the other hand, the movement has introduced new kinds of challenges, especially as different problem domains embrace openness as a pervasive problem solving strategy. OSS can be complex yet widespread and often cross-cultural. Consequently, they require an interdisciplinary understanding of their technical, economic, legal and socio-cultural dynamics.

The goal of 8th. International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2012, the first to be held in Africa, is to provide an international forum where a diverse community of professionals from academia, industry and public sector, and diverse OSS initiatives can come together to share research findings and practical experiences. The conference is also meant to provide information and education to practitioners, identify directions for further research, and to be an ongoing platform for technology transfer, no matter which form of OSS is being pursued.

OSS 2012 accepts submissions in the following categories: research papers, industry papers, formal tool demonstrations, lightning talks and posters. OSS 2012 also invites proposals for tutorials and workshops, submissions to the doctoral symposium, and submissions of panels. The major conference theme is long-term sustainability with OSS.

For more informations visit the website


Ubuntu Global Jam Tunisia

UGJ-TN Notre communauté Locale organisera pour la première fois en Tunisie un Ubuntu Global Jam. Cet événement se déroulera du 2 au 4 Septembre à l’Université Privée de Sousse. Au programme des ateliers de tests, des ateliers de traductions, etc. L’événement commencera par une présentation de la distribution Ubuntu et une install party ouverte à tous ceux qui veulent être présents. Ensuite et pour des raisons stratégiques les ateliers seront ouverts aux membres inscrits. Le programme détaillé est disponible dans la page wiki [1].

Our local community is organizing for the first time in Tunisia an Ubuntu Global Jam. This event will be held from 2 to 4 September at the Private University of Sousse. In the program tests workshops, translations workshops, etc.. The event will begin with a presentation of Ubuntu and an install party open to anyone who wants to attend. And then for strategic reasons the workshops will be open only to registered members. The detailed program is available in the wiki page [1].

  1. Wiki Page : Global Jam 11.09
  2. Facebook Event : Ubuntu Global Jam en Tunisie.