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Public Awareness Activities

As a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, Free Software Foundation Europe works to create general understanding and support for Free Software and Open Standards. The following activities are concrete actions that we take in the areas of public awareness, policy advocacy and legal support.

Since its foundation in 2001, the FSFE has been working every single day to further Free Software in Europe and beyond. With our concrete activities, based upon the three pillars of our work, we focus on protecting and extending user rights. Some of our actions run for many years, some are aimed at short-term developments, but all are part of our mission: empower users to control technology.

Another major part of our work consists of continuous engagement and background work. We are present at dozens of conferences per year, support and maintain an excellent community and provide it with helpful resources. Furthermore, we are a prominent contact point for all questions and enquiries around software freedom, Open Standards, and user rights. We also provide basic education resources on Free Software legal and licensing issues.

Read more about why Public Awareness is a key element of the FSFE's work, and our general approach in that area.

  • Dinheiro Público? Código Público!

    Por que o software criado usando dinheiro de pagadores(as) de impostos não é liberado como Software Livre? Queremos legislação exigindo que software financiado publicamente e desenvolvido para o setor público seja publicamente disponível sob uma licença de Software Livre e Aberto. Se é dinheiro público, o código deve ser tão público quanto. Código pago pelo público deve ser disponibilizado ao público!

  • Book "Ada & Zangemann"

    The illustrated book "Ada & Zangemann - a tale of software, skateboards, and raspberry ice cream" by the FSFE, tells the story of the famous inventor Zangemann and the girl Ada, a curious tinkerer. Ada begins to experiment with hardware and software, and in the process realises how crucial it is for her and others to control technology.

  • Youth Hacking 4 Freedom

    Young people, from all over Europe, compete in Youth Hacking 4 Freedom to win cash prizes by creating programs of their choice licensed as Free Software. The six winners will be invited to the Award ceremony weekend. Youth Hacking for Freedom inspires people to learn programming and to collaborate.

  • Eu amo Software Livre

    Frequentemente subestimamos o poder dum simpre >obrigado. Contribuidores(as) do Software Livre fazem um importante trabalho para nossa sociedade e merecem atenção. O dia do "Eu amo o Software Livre" em 14 de fevereiro [Dia de São valentim e Dia dos(as) Namorados(as) em certos países] é a oportunidade perfeita para que você expresse sua gratidão especial. Desde 2010, temos celebrado esse maravilhoso evento anual com uma comunidade diversa e sempre crescente. ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Device Neutrality

    Although digital devices are ubiquitous today, the number of devices on which users cannot run Free Software is exponentially increasing. The consequence is an increased loss of control over users’ technology. Device Neutrality aims to enable end-users to bypass gatekeepers to have a non-discriminatory use of Free Software on their devices.

  • Liberte seu Android

    Android é um sistema operacional majoritariamente livre, desenvolvido majoritariamente pelo "Google". Infelizmente, os "drivers" para a maioria dos dispositivos e dos aplicativos na sua loja embutida (Play Store) não são Software Livre. Esta atividade ajuda você a reconquistar o controle de seu dispositivo Android e seus dados. Coletamos informação sobre como rodar um sistema Android da forma mais livre possível e tentamos coordenar os esforços nessa área.

More Awareness Activities

  • Upcycling AndroidConcluído

    Keep using your phone with Free Software. Upcycling Android explains the issue of software obsolescence in the Android world and helps people flashing their phones with Free Software operating systems.

  • 20 anos da FSFEConcluído

    Em 2021, a Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) completou 20. Esse tempo todo temos empoderados usuários(as) para usar, estudar, compartilhar e incrementar software. Em 20 anos de FSFE, agradecemos todas as pessoas que nos ajudaram ao longo desse caminho. Aqui você encontrará entrevistas discutindo o progresso da FSFE bem como aspectos tecnológicos. Seja bem-vindo(a) para comemorar conosco!

  • Atividades eleitorais

    Qual a melhor época há para perguntar a políticos(as) sobre suas posições quanto ao Software Livre e Padrões Abertos do que no tempo pré-eleitoral? Acreditamos que podemos e devemos fazer esses tópicos um assuto em todas as eleições, quer seja em nível europeu, nacional, regional ou local. Dependendo do sistema eleitoral e da cultura local, há estratégias diferentes e ferramentas que usamos: Perguntar a seu/sua candidato(a) uma lista de perguntas, a ferramenta online "Digital-O-Mat" e a plataforma também online Freedomvote, além da "Let's Promise"(Prometamos) para anotação de compromissos.

  • Learn like a pro

    An initiative to bring Free Software in the education sector by increasing the digital sovereignty and competence of students and teachers. Created by the Zurich chapter, 'Lernen wie die Profis' was awarded the DINAcon Award. The activity is in German.

  • PDFreaders

    The PDFreaders initiative aims to shine a spotlight on government organisations that promote proprietary PDF readers. With the help of activists across Europe, we have contacted these organisations and told them how they can improve their websites to respect our freedom. On we present Free Software PDF readers for all major operating systems.

  • is a collaborative platform initiated and maintained by the FSFE to inform about the dangers and concerns of the Digital Restrictions Management. Contributors to include digital freedom, consumer protection, net activism and library organisations.

  • Reports about conferences, events, and booths

    The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) regularly participates in various conferences across Europe. These events feature talks and workshops aimed at discussing the diverse activities conducted by the FSFE. Here, you will find a compilation of the latest reports from these engaging events.

  • Software Freedom Podcast

    Software users must be able to participate in the development and distribution of software in order to have a world where software does what software users want it to do. Software patents block this goal by adding legal and financial risks to software development and distribution, and by giving patent holders the legal power to completely prohibit software developers from using the patented ideas.

  • FOSS4SMEsConcluído

    FOSS4SMEs was a two-year collaborative Erasmus+ project to spread and increase knowledge about Free Software. The FSFE collaborate with the other partners to develop free online educational resources for managers and employees of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • 15 Years AnniversaryConcluído

    Since its founding in 2001, the FSFE has been instrumental in a successful antitrust case, kept software patents unenforceable in Europe, averted a veritable apocalypse for small and medium sized tech companies, and set groundbreaking legal precedents for the whole of the EU.

  • STACSConcluído

    STACS (Science, Technology and Civil Society) was a project that sought to bridge the gap between civil society and research in order to increase the societal relevance of research being done. The project aimed to accomplish by educating both civil society organisations and researchers, and finding common projects to work on for the future.

  • SELFConcluído

    The SELF project (Science, Education and Learning in Freedom) aimed at creating a repository of educational materials on Free Software and Open Standards. It did this by providing a platform for the collaborative development of educational materials, as well as by engaging in the development of educational materials that were missing in the field today.

  • Brave GNU WorldConcluído

    The Brave GNU World was a monthly column published from 1999 to 2004, addressed at both technical and non-technical readers. Its aim was to provide an insight into current projects and developments based on the Free Software philosophy. The Brave GNU World was translated into 9 languages, making it probably the most widely distributed monthly column in the world.

  • GNU Business NetworkConcluído

    The GNU Business Network had the vision to network all companies, developers and users in and around Free Software in a way that the potential synergies are encouraged and informed decisions become possible.

  • TUX&GNU@school columnConcluído

    The TUX&GNU@school column was a regular column about Free Software in education written by by Mario Fux. It informed about educational Free Software, useful web sites on the topic and other interesting topics for teachers, students and all software freedom advocates.

  • We speak about Free SoftwareConcluído

    Free Software is often referred to as "Open Source". But we are convinced that Free Software is the better term: easier to understand, harder to abuse, well-defined, providing additional value, and offering freedom. We connected companies, organisations and even co-founders of the Open Source movement that prefer to use the term Free Software.