Bits from the DPL (June 2018)
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Greetings from a very sunny London… I am very much looking forward to
seeing many of you next month in (a hot and humid) Taiwan. :)
Here's an overview of what I've been getting up to as your Project Leader
during June 2018:
* In light of the recent introduction of the EU GDPR  I announced the
creation of the Debian Data Protection team. As outlined in the
official delegation , the two main roles for the team are to
provide a single contact point for external queries and to act as an
"advice service" for members of the Project.
Thank you to Jonathan McDowell (noodles) and Tollef Fog Heen (tfheen)
for spearheading this initiative. Since its inception it has received
and handled a number of queries already.
* I presented at "FOSS Backstage"  in Berlin, Germany, speaking about
both the Reproducible Builds  project and the Open Source
Initiative . In addition, I had a number of interesting
conversations with Lydia Pintcher from KDE who has invited me to speak
at Akademy 2018  to speak about cross-distribution collaboration in
the desktop space.
* Had a conference call between the Debian Anti-Harrassment team ,
the Debian Account Managers  and myself as DPL. Thank you all who
attended and for the various followups.
* With the help of the Debian Publicity team , I provided a press
quote for the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP)  to announce
their collaboration  with the Debian LTS  initiative.
* Had an illuminating conference call with Deb Nicholson from the
Software Freedom Conservancy , Chris Neugebauer of North Bay
Python  and Bdale Garbee (bdale) regarding what "a free software
conference" now means in practice in 2018, particularly in terms of
"hygeine factors" around speakers, content, event safety, sponsors,
etc. and what conferences that projects would be happy associating
* After reaching consensus on the debian-project mailing list  I
signed a petition against the new EU copyright review on behalf of
Debian . I needed to follow-up later in the month as my signature
[ 0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation
[ 1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/06/msg00000.html
[ 2] https://foss-backstage.de
[ 3] https://reproducible-builds.org/
[ 4] https://opensource.org/
[ 5] https://akademy.kde.org/2018
[ 6] https://wiki.debian.org/AntiHarassment
[ 7] https://wiki.debian.org/DAManager
[ 8] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Publicity
[ 9] https://www.cip-project.org/
Finances & event reimbursements
In addition to responding to various follow-ups to previous requests, I:
* Approved a budget request for bug-squashing party in New York that was
held on June 24th .
* Approved the purchase of new solid-state disks for three arm64 build
daemons hosted at Arm .
* DebConf18 : Re-approved the overall budget, responded to some
safety concerns regarding a bursary applicant, briefly joined a
conversation thread regarding one of the sources of funding, and
offered some advice on prepayment of bursaries.
* Decided on a solution for "leftover" money from DebConf17 ,
fleshed out the policy for reimbursements that could not fulfilled due
to Developer illness, and located many more missing emails for our
Trusted Organisations .
* Responded to a reimbursement request for LinuxCon, China , some
"NeTV2" video development boards , and ensured that the
participants of the recent Cryptsetup  sprint participants were
In addition to all of the above, I spent time on:
* Further drafting my reply to an interview request from the "LibreSur"
Argentinian free software community.
* Redirecting support queries/questions sent to the leader@ alias as
well as responding to feedback from my previous «Bits from the DPL».
* Issuing a "DD certificate"  for a Debian Maintainer .
* Enqueuing various ideas for "micronews"  for approval by the
Publicity Team .
* A quick discussion with a DD regarding the possible creation of a
Bug Squashing Parties
The Debian Project is willing to reimburse 100 USD (or equivalent) of
expenses to attend Bug Squashing Parties (BSP) . If there are no BSPs
near to you, please consider organising one . Reimbursement requests
 should meet the following conditions:
* The requester should be a contributor of some description or have
otherwise demonstrated a commitment to perform that kind of work.
* The requester agrees to communicate their activities during the event
(such as posting to Planet Debian , etc.). The goal here is to
motivate others by increasing visibility.
In case you missed it:
* Michael Stapelberg is looking for a maintainer for Raspberry Pi
* The third alpha release of the Installer was announced by Cyril
Brulebois (kibi)  (as was Debian 8.11 ).
* A brief report from the MiniDebConf in Curitiba  was published on
Planet Debian. 
* Alioth is gone! Long live Alioth... 
I would like to repeat my usual request for any feedback and, of course,
any other questions or concerns about the Project that would be
inappropriate or difficult to bring up elsewhere are always welcome too.
Please address them to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Phew, see you all next month…!
: :' : Chris Lamb
`. `'` email@example.com / chris-lamb.co.uk
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