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New Samba team management at SerNet

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Ralph Böhme is the new team leader of the Samba team at SerNet. In addition, Jule Anger (also SerNet) takes over release management in the international Samba team.

Karolin Seeger, who was previously responsible for team leadership at SerNet and release management on the core team, is moving professionally to Red Hat on October 1, 2021. At SerNet, Ralph Böhme will succeed her as team leader of the Samba department. With the foreseeable end of the Netatalk software for coupling Linux and macOS via AFP he switched to SerNet and the Samba team in 2013.

Jule Anger has been working as a developer in SerNet's Samba department for 2 years. At the same time she takes over the release management, she officially becomes a member of the international Samba core team. The release management for Samba will thus continue to be sponsored by SerNet after the departure of Karolin Seeger. Böhme on Jule Anger taking office: "With her, we have a highly motivated colleague in our team and are very pleased that she will contribute to the Samba project on an international level with a breath of fresh air."

About SerNet: SerNet is the leading provider of services and products around the free software Samba and is active worldwide. With SAMBA+ SerNet releases its own professional Samba distribution.

About Samba: Samba is the only free implementation of the SMB protocol that provides file and print services, highly available clusters, and identity management with Active Directory in an open source software, see https://samba.org.

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Loxen is the new Chairman of DENIC's Supervisory Board

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Dr. Johannes Loxen is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DENIC eG. DENIC is the operating organization and central registry for all domains below the top level domain ".de".

Loxen, managing director of SerNet GmbH, joined DENIC's supervisory board in 2019. He was previously a member of the board from 2007 to 2016 . SerNet has been an independent registrar for ".de" since 2001.

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SerNet signs Open Letter protesting German Cybersecurity Strategy 2021

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In an open letter to the German government, more than 60 individuals, companies and associations from civil society and business are speaking out against the "Cybersecurity Strategy for Germany 2021". SerNet GmbH is among the first signatories and supports the action. 

The signatories of the open letter "call on the federal government to postpone the adoption of the cybersecurity strategy to the next legislature or at least to cancel the expansion of powers for the security authorities without replacement. Crucial parts of the strategy have long been highly controversial within the German government and have received massive criticism from representatives of German industry, academia and civil society."

The Interior Ministry's nearly 130-page draft Cybersecurity Strategy 2021 was not submitted until June 9, just before the end of the current legislative period, and experts were invited to comment until June 16.

Criticized - in addition to the questionable timing a few months before the federal election - are the numerous proposed measures "that would push surveillance by German security authorities at the expense of IT security" and lock it in for many years to come, such as circumventing secure encryption. Also flagged are the required powers for active cyber defense, the planned expansion of the Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector (ZITiS) while at the same time lacking control and protection measures and without adequate expansion of parliamentary oversight.

The open letter states very clearly, "If the strategy is adopted in its current form, it would cement a cybersecurity policy for years to come for which there is insufficient support in business and society and whose measures have little prospect of improving IT and cybersecurity in Germany. The trench warfare over the direction of national cybersecurity policy would thus be perpetuated - to the detriment of security in Germany."

The full open letter (PDF, German only) can be viewed here:

Offener Brief gegen die Cybersicherheitsstrategie 2021

Among others, the Süddeutsche Zeitung ("Open letter against Seehofer's cybersecurity strategy") and Netzpolitik.org ("For a Real Cybersecurity Strategy Without New Surveillance Measures") already reported on the Open Letter.

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SerNet supports LIFT-OFF start-up competition 2021

[Translate to EN:] LIFT-OFF 2021

SerNet supports the start-up competition of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen for 2021 again: LIFT-OFF supports founders through an intensive accompanying program. The best projects will be presented at a public award ceremony. This will take place on Thursday, 10.06.2021 from 18:00. Registration is possible via: https://eveeno.com/lift-off-2021

With the LIFT-OFF program, the University of Göttingen has been encouraging people interested in founding a company and active founders to realize their own business idea since 2017. Various events and workshops as well as mentoring in the field of entrepreneurship prepare the first steps towards founding a company. In this year's award ceremony, student and academic teams will present their ideas and start-up projects live on the digital stage. Afterwards, the award ceremony will take place in the categories "Start-up Potential" and "Science". Dr. Johannes Loxen, founder and CEO of SerNet GmbH served on this year's jury: "There were many powerful entries this year - and we found deserving winners." An audience award per category will also be presented, which can be voted on live.

SerNet is looking forward to having accompanied the start-up competition in 2021 as well, and to the further exchange with the participants and other interested parties.

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Gaia-X membership received - and cancelled by SerNet today

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With immediate effect SerNet leaves Gaia-X, the European infrastructure project, after getting notice about new membership of companies that do not meet key European values and do not share the ideas of open standards, open source and a free and open internet. Being in the same association together with those companies damages SerNet's reputation and is in conflict with SerNet's code of conduct and many measures regarding social responsibility. 

Gaia-X does not meet the goals of its own statutes anymore and this is why SerNet will leave the organisation asap.

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