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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Expert Brochure to Modernise Public Digital Infrastructure with Public Code - Translated Versions Online


What is Free Software? How does it contribute to digital sovereignty, security and transparency of state digital infrastructure? Which steps can public administrations take? These and more questions are answered in our publication "Public Money Public Code – Modernising Public Infrastructure with Free Software". After the successful release of the English version of our brochure we translated it into three more languages: German, Czech and Brazilian Portuguese.

The recent debates about digital sovereignty show that the desire for self-determined government action in the field of digitisation is immense. Digital services offered and used by our public administrations are the critical infrastructure of 21st century. In order to establish trustworthy systems, public bodies must ensure they have full control over the software and the computer systems at the core of our state digital infrastructure. We need software that helps public administrations regain sovereignty over their critical digital infrastructure, allowing them to become and remain independent from a handful of companies.

The brochure summarises the FSFE's long-term expertise with additional knowledge from leading experts in various ICT areas. It helps readers understand Free Software and its benefits for a modern digital public infrastructure. Hot topics covered include the avoidance of vendor lock-in, improvement of IT security through openness, exploring different business models, handling of procurement issues, and learning from innovative approaches to smart cities.

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You can download a PDF version of the brochure or order a printed version on the brochure page. The document is licensed as CC BY-SA 4.0. Available languages printed and PDF: English, German; available languages PDF: Czech, and Brazilian Portuguese.

We would like to thank the volunteers and partners who have contributed to translate the brochure. If you would like to enable the translation into more languages, you can help us with a donation or by becoming a supporter.

The brochure is published as part of the FSFE's "Public Money? Public Code!" initiative. With a strong alliance of the administration of Barcelona, the Parliament of Asturias, over 180 organisations, and more than 27.000 individuals, we demand that publicly financed software development should be made publicly available under Free Software licenses. You can sign our open letter and find out more at