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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.

  • Logo of Dinheiro Público? Código Público!

    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!

  • Logo of Book "Ada & Zangemann"

    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.

  • Logo of Device Neutrality

    Device Neutrality

    Although digital devices are ubiquotous 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.

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    Upcycling Android

    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.

  • Logo of Youth Hacking 4 Freedom

    Youth Hacking 4 Freedom

    Young people compete in Youth Hacking 4 Freedom by creating programs of their choice licensed as Free Software. The winners receive an award in a ceremony. Youth Hacking for Freedom inspires people to learn programming and to collaborate.

  • Logo of Liberte seu Android

    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.

  • Logo of Eu amo Software Livre

    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.

More Awareness Activities

  • Logo of 20 anos da FSFE

    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!

  • Logo of Atividades eleitorais

    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.

  • Logo of Learn like a pro

    Learn like a pro

    An initiative aiming to bring Free Software in Education. Goal of the campaign is to increase the digital sovereignty and competence of the students, but also of the teachers. Created by the local group Zurich, Lernen wie die profis ("learning like the professionals"), has been awarded the DINAcon Award. The activity is in German.

  • PDFreaders

    With the PDFreaders campaign we turn the spotlight on government organisations who advertise proprietary PDF readers, exposing how frequent such advertisements for non-free software are. With the help of activists across Europe, we contacted these organisations and explained to them how to improve their websites so that they respect our freedom. On pdfreaders.org we present Free Software PDF readers for all major operating systems.

  • DRM.info

    DRM.info is a collaborative platform initiated and maintained by FSFE to inform on the dangers of Digital Restrictions Management and make visible the concerns from various different groups. DRM.info contributors include digital liberty, consumer protection, net-activism and library organisations.

  • FOSS4SMEsConcluído

    FOSS4SMEs was a two years collaborative Erasmus+ project. The FSFE worked together with five organisations with different geographical and work backgrounds to spread and extend the knowledge about Free Software. To reach this objective, the project developed free online educational resources for managers and staff of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • 15 Years AnniversaryConcluído

    Since its foundation in 2001 we have achieved many things. The FSFE has been instrumental in a successful antitrust-case, maintained software patents unenforceable in Europe, avoiding a veritable apocalypse for small and medium-sized tech companies, and set ground-breaking legal precedents for the whole of the EU. It's time to celebrate the last 15 years!

  • 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 issued from 1999 to 2004 that addressed technical and non-technical readers alike. Its aim was to provide insights into current projects and developments based upon the philosophy of Free Software. The Brave GNU World was translated into nine languages, possibly making it the farthest-spread monthly column worldwide.

  • 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.