FSFE needs your donation to work for Free Software in 2016
Lots of people and companies in our society benefit from Free Software. The Free Software Foundation Europe is empowering people to control technology since 2001. To make a difference in our work, we aim at 140.000€ in donations until 31 January, of which we already received 60.000€.
Please help us to continue to work for Free Software by donating now:
- As an individual, please support us by becoming a sustaining member of FSFE (the average amount per sustaining members is 125€/y).
- As a company, please support us with a donation. You can become gold donor for 1000€/month, silver donor for 200€/month, or bronze donor for 40€/month.
Our donors recently enabled us to achieve the following successes:
- We closed our six-year-long PDFreaders campaign after convincing 1125 public administrations to remove advertisement for proprietary software from their websites.
- We helped end compulsory routers in Germany with a law that ensures users have the freedom to choose their own Free Software router. This should set an example across Europe, and we will support similar legislation wherever needed.
- We are active in the EU policy: our evaluation of the Digital Single Market Strategy for the European Commission was well received and we expect other EU institutions to follow our recommendations.
- On average we send out one promotional package per day. Our supporters use the multilingual material to inform more people about software freedom in their companies, universities, schools, in libraries and cafes, or at information booths.
From next year on we want to focus on pushing our demand for all publicly funded software to be published as Free Software, and for everyone's right to experiment with their own hard- and software.
To achieve those goals we will:
- provide training to our campaign volunteers in order to increase their effectiveness, and equip them with a greater diversity of promotional material; and
- initiate coordination between Free Software groups who are active on policy issues in the EU.
In addition we will maintain our ongoing efforts to abolish barriers to software freedom and encourage people to use and develop Free Software. One essential activity remains guiding companies to move to Free Software by educating their legal departments to understand Free Software licences.
Still, there are growing challenges: opaque international treaties and complex policy processes demand careful approaches to address software freedom effectively. We need to be able to keep up with such developments.