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  • Goran Jelic-Cizmek (Croatia)
    4 March 2019 EU citizen
    Goran Jelic-Cizmek (Croatia)

    As a researcher at a university and a free software advocate and developer, I am strongly against Article 3, provision 3(i). This provision would force radio equipment manufacturers, which encompasses mobile as well as personal computers, which nowadays are becoming increasingly versatile, to make it impossible to run any kind of code on them other than the one provided by the manufacturer themselves. This would severely damage the future...

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
    4 March 2019 Academic/research institution
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

    As researchers in the field of ubiquitous computing and IoT we have been relying on the ability to change the fireware of off the shelf radio devices. Eg. the FP7 research project COBIS, which pioneered the IoT aproach, we were already using wifi routers which were extended with custom radios. This was only possible by using extensible after market firmware. In other projects e.g. on device free activity recognition we are relying on fireware...

  • Keith Murray (United States)
    4 March 2019 Non-EU citizen
    Keith Murray (United States)

    In the same way that a consumer is exercising their right to take their car into a repair shop that is not owned by the manufacturer, a consumer should be able to develop, and implement a new operating system on their router or other devices. Given the history of open source software, and the percentage of the world that is run by linux and open source software, open source has proven themselves to be reliable and secure. Specifically...

  • OpenWrt Project (Germany)
    4 March 2019 Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
    OpenWrt Project (Germany)

    The OpenWrt project provides a Linux based open source firmware for embedded devices like home routers, customer premises equipment and IoT devices with a focus on security and freedom for the end user. The OpenWrt project tries to enforce the local regulatory restrictions based on the vendor provisioned data found on the device. Currently OpenWrt is used as a base for about 10% to 30% of all home routers and CPE device sold world wide. Most...

  • Jakub Kozdrowicz (Poland)
    4 March 2019 EU citizen
    Jakub Kozdrowicz (Poland)

    If you want developers to cease to buy on EU market and supply themselves abroad then that's the way to do this. Also that's the way to stifle innovation as young people that will come after us old developers will have no means to easily modify existing devices to practice at home. Whoever will really want to modify devices will continue to do so with older or foreign equipment, and the rest (market and students) will suffer the consequences...

  • Matteo Calabrese (Italy)
    4 March 2019 EU citizen
    Matteo Calabrese (Italy)

    In my opinion this extreme regulation leads to an unjustifiable restriction of the freedom of use we have on the devices we own. The right to repair is already being undermined by a ferocious consumism and programmed obsolescence. With the inability to make what we want of what we buy, we are inevitably embracing a very passive form of consumism, the worst kind of one. All the negative outcomes, such as increasing amount of electronics that...

  • Laurits Brøcker (Denmark)
    4 March 2019 EU citizen
    Laurits Brøcker (Denmark)

    I find it very worrying that an owner of a given piece of electronic equipment would not be able to freely run the software he wants on his own equipment under this directive. This is a basic freedom in regards to computers, which ensures that you, as a human, is in control of the computer, and not the other way around. Allowing manufacturers to dictate what software may be run on their hardware creates an unjust power balance between the...

  • Silicann Systems GmbH (Germany)
    4 March 2019 Company/business organisation
    Silicann Systems GmbH (Germany)

    We are a small company developing and manufacturing industrial sensors. Our products focus on innovative network applications. We enjoy the fortunate situation of being based in a city with a university, a makerspace and a vibrant wireless community ("Freifunk"). The university is useful for giving our potential future employees a good formal basic education. But every single technical employee we hired during the last ten years, received a...

  • Marcél Ströhle (Austria)
    4 March 2019 EU citizen
    Marcél Ströhle (Austria)

    This is very unnecessary and would stifle long-term innovation by keeping people from learning how to work with e.g. open Android devices.

  • Sebastian Nielsen (Sweden)
    4 March 2019 EU citizen
    Sebastian Nielsen (Sweden)

    Also, a update on my previous feedback: Some people here have expressed their concern about insecure devices on the internet due to manufacturers no longer supporting them with security updates and also enviromental impact. This can be solved by having the directive that every firmware must have a "best before" date, where passed, the radio transmitter device (router, mobile phone or similiar) will shut down and refuse to start up unless...

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