This section lists the most frequent questions you ask us.
If you do not find the answer to your question, please contact us.
We also host workshops, debates and stands to promote our activities and free software culture. When the opportunity arises, we also organise our activites outside 42.
Finally, as a member of the CHATONS community, we host free services that respect your privacy.
42 students are from very different backgrounds and few students have heard about free software. We wanted to share this culture with our peers, not to "compete head-on" with the giants, but to bring a different, sometimes critical, perspective on the technologies that our peers are led to use in their future job.
42's staff also provides moral support and encourages us in our activities.
We also have memberships and support from outside people.
We do not receive any grants or any form of financial assistance from Xavier Niel or 42.
When you send a message on our contact form, you are not contacting Xavier Niel nor 42, but us, students members of 42l that has its own legal structure and independence.
We communicate on our own behalf, not on behalf of the school, and vice versa: a decision taken by the school is not taken by us.
The only document that binds us to the school is our certificate of accommodation, which allows us to set our headquarters at 42 in order to receive our mail there.
42 does not lend us servers. We have our own servers and only authorized members of our Administration Council have access to them.
That said, 42 lets us use its premises free of charge for our activities, including its amphitheatre for our conferences and its meeting rooms.
When it organises events, 42 often asks the student associations to suggest activities. For example, we hosted a privacy workshop for LaTechPourToutes event in February 2020, and we ran a booth during Born2Hack in 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity to increase our visibility and to raise awareness among different audiences.
Finally, we have a calendar in which we indicate our upcoming events, available on agenda.42l.fr.
If you are a 42 student, you can also be informed of our next events on the school intranet.
If you are a 42 student, you can join our Slack channel #42paris_club_42l.
You can also join our Matrix channels, on which we organize our events together (#general:42l.fr). If you do not have an account and you are a 42 student, you can create an account on our instance. Otherwise, we invite you to create an account on other instances.
The annual membership contribution is up to you, starting from 10 €. We also accept the free cryptocurrency Ğ1, as from 15 DU.
Your membership to the association allows us to finance and develop our activities and it gives you access to our exclusive member services.
Thank you for your support!
It means that a 100 euros donation will only cost you 34 euros, the rest will be deducted from your income tax.
We send tax receipts during March by email, before your tax return. Should you need to receive your tax receipt earlier, or if you wish to receive it by post, please contact us.
If you have not received your tax receipt in April, please contact us.
Donations do not give you access nor priviledge, but may be tax-free (see question above).
In order to send cheques, here is our postal address: Association 42l, 96 boulevard Bessières, 75017 Paris.
For a donation or a membership in Ğ1 cryptocurrency, here is our address.
Thank you again for your support!
For the vast majority of our events, we offer external people the possibility to attend them through an invitation to the school. In those cases, we give you the instructions to follow (generally sending us an email or a message on Mastodon).
The attendance to our events is obviously free of charge, apart from exceptional circumstances (?).
We use the Bulma CSS framework for the frontend.
You can find the list of services in the "Our services" tab.
For technical reasons, we cannot afford to grant access to those services to everybody without risking the saturation of our server and a wrongful and dishonest use of them (e.g. bots sending ads from 42l email addresses).
42 requires us to have an insurance in order to organise events at the school.
The software is host locally on our side.
An open-source software has its source code (the "recipee" of the "cake") freely accessible to everyone.
A programmer who is able to read the source code can get how the software works and know whether it performs actions without the users knowing.
Publishing a software's source code is a matter of trust and transparency : "proprietary" software, whose source code is not public, often take their users for products by selling their personal data and using the latter without asking the users' permission, or without giving them a choice.
A free software is an open-source software that, besides its transparency, respects a certain notion of ethics in favor of the digital freedoms of its users.
It is made by responsible programmers who have become aware of the ethical dimension of software development, and who has adopted a politically committed approach in the software's design.
These concepts of ethics are defined by a set of ideas rather than a set a clear rules, therefore they can be different from one person to another. We gave you ours, but someone else might have a different outlook.
The fact that it is decentralised means that anyone can host an instance, and that if an instance ever closes, not all of Mastodon closes, and few people would be affected. In comparison, if Twitter was to close, then all users would be affected, which would be quite problematic.
Most of us use proprietary software (with closed source code), such as Windows, Mac, Google Chrome, Photoshop, Gmail, YouTube, etc. In these cases :
Proprietary software is generally defined as a commercial product while free software is a shared commodity.
Nowadays accross the world, proprietary software is used where free software should have been prefered: among public services (schools, town halls, hospitals, etc.) and on everyone's laptop and smartphone ; their users are reduced to products as their personal data are sold to serve private interests (political, economical, etc.), and they endanger the government security.
We organise awareness-raising campaigns so that everyone can understand the implications of a daily and systematic use of proprietary software.
Find a non-exhaustive list of licenses on this page.
Most of the licenses apply not only to the software but also to all kind of creation, whether it is musical, multimedia, literary, scientific, etc.. Therefore free software is only a subset of free culture, which is much broader and affects other fields than digital, but has very similar values of sharing related to the Commons.
The notion of copyleft is often associated with the free culture movement and reflects the same values.