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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7th EC Framework Programme

After the positive feedback from the application on the 6th Framework Programme the FSFE has put their eyes on the upcoming challenges by the 7th Framework Programme.

The FSFE is planning to participate in projects covering the spectrum from information technology security over research for small and medium enterprises to research on the social impact of information technology.

Currently the calls from the EC are being analysed and potential project issues are identified. After that phase, consortia with organisations, businesses and research facilities around Free Software issues will be formed. With all partners on board, project proposals will be written and filed to the EC in line with the prospective calls.

The projects will focus on potentials and risks of the information society in the areas of business, education, security and development. Free Software is introduced as a very good vehicle to use the potentials and minimize the risks. Through qualitative consortia, the proposals are aiming to bridge the gap between research, business and civil society. They are also contributing to the dissemination of the idea of Free Software in all significant entities.


As many will know, activities on this level are often painstakingly slow and take a lot of work. Although the FSFE will try to do as much as it can, its resources are limited by the amount of support that it gets. So one way of speeding the process up supporting our work.