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Erik Albers

Coordinator Digital Sustainability

Erik Albers was Programme Manager and Communication Senior at the Free Software Foundation Europe. He was responsible for internal and external communication and part of the FSFE's PR- , Web- and Community-team. Erik became member of the FSFE's General Assembly in 2016 and currently is Coordinator Digital Sustainability.

Focal points

As Programme Manager, Erik designed and directed FSFE's activities related to the sustainability of Free Software. He wrote the FSFE's papers on the sustainability of Free Software, on digital sustainability in international development cooperation, and managed the Upcycling Android campaign. In our peertube instance you find a lot of talks, Erik has given on software sustainability at international conferences. As Communications Senior, Erik designed the content and guaranteed continuity of our communication, website, our campaigns, as well as FSFE's promotional material and our news section.

Public speaking and writing

Erik loves to give general talks about digital sustainability, and specifically About the sustainability of software as well as on Freedom to go. Besides working at FSFE, Erik occasionally writes on Netzpolitik.org.


Erik studied politics, sociology, art and media science in Konstanz and Granada. His love for Free Software started in the early 2000's and he is a passionate cyclist. Erik maintains the most comprehensive Free Software events calendar in Europe and philosophizes about Open Source Gardens.

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Motto: "No one shall ever be forced to use non-free Software."

Erik loves Free Software, especially:

Audacity (Free Audio Editor), Clementine (Music Player), Clementine Remote (Clementine remote control app), DAVx⁵ (Dav Sync), F-Droid (Free Software App Repository for Android), Filezilla (FTP client), Firefox (Browser), Giggity (Conference Scheduler), Gnome (GNU/Linux Desktop Environment), Geany (text editor), Gimp (Image manipulation), GnuPG (Email encryption), Gtimelog (time tracking application), Hugin (Panorama photo stitcher), Inkscape (Vector graphics editor), OpenShot (Video editor), K-9 (Mobile Mail App), Libre Office (Free Office Suite), Mastalab (Mastodon app), Mastodon (distributed, federated FOSS social network), Matomo (Open Analytics Platform), Nextcloud (Your own cloud), Open Streetmap (Free maps and navigation), Osmand (Open Streetmap Navigation App), RawTherapee (Raw-image manipulation), Scribus (Publishing Tool), StreetComplete (OpenStreetMap gamification), Thunderbird (Email client), Tilda (drop down terminal), Transportr (Public Transport Companion), VLC (Video client), Wordpress (CMS), Zotero (citation and literature management)