Since 2001 the FSFE has been enhancing users' rights by abolishing barriers for software freedom. For 20 years we have been helping individuals and organisations to understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination.

For the next two decades we need your help. We want everyone to be able to control their technology. Free Software and its freedoms to use, study, share, and improve are the key to that goal.

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Our Work

"Ask your candidates" 2009

Part of the Reichstag and the German flag

Because of the German federal elections in 2009, FSFE called on all German Free Software supporters to ask the parties' candidates about their positions on Free Software and Open Standards. FSFE set up a page about the German Bundestagswahl to help asking questions, and to collecting answers.

During the campaign politicians from many parties have recognised the potential of Free Software and Open Standards for Germany. In response to questions from supporters of FSFE, they explained that Free Software equals more competition, promotes innovation and provides cost savings.

FSFE collected the candidates' answers and wrote an overview of the parties' programmes where they concern Free Software (in German). Our Fellows, volunteers and the German team asked 35 questions and got 26 replies.

FSFE's publications

Selected media coverage