21 March 2023
The coding period of the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom hacking contest has
been running for almost three months now. The
competition continues to be a fun contest for young hackers to
test and develop their skills. The previous edition
ended with 35 great projects submitted with inspiring stories
behind them. Read about Andrei's and David's projects.
13 March 2023
The Greek regulator has adopted new rules introducing Router Freedom
in the country. Since 2021, the FSFE has been working with policymakers
to protect the interests of end-users. Supporting civil society and
industry organisations backed the FSFE and contributed positively to
this new law.
08 March 2023
Today we are celebrating Women’s Day. Thank you to everyone who is
making the tech sector more inclusive! Let’s continue working
together to achieve gender parity and embrace equity. There might be
problems coming our way, but we also have each other. Join us and
meet the FSFE Women team.
07 March 2023
In this issue we have a podcast episode about the need that medical
devices have Free Software. Watch our talks from FOSDEM and videos
about legal issues when developing. Participants of YH4F are already
coding. Thanks to all your contributions, our fundraising ended
successfully. We bring community news from 9 countries.
01 March 2023
On the 14th of February Free Software enthusiasts celebrated the 13th edition of the “I ❤️ Fee Software Day”! Hundreds of people and numerous organisations shared their love for Free Software and reached out to the ones behind these projects. Thank you for taking part in the celebration of our favourite type of software: Free Software.
27 February 2023
Whether you missed FOSDEM or didn't have time to attend all of
our sessions, don't worry! Have a look at all our sessions from
the last edition and learn, deepen your knowledge, and improve your
Free Software skills.
22 February 2023
foss-north is a Free Software conference in Gothenburg that brings
together Nordic Free Software communities. This year, the Free Software
Foundation Europe is organising a track covering political and legal
aspects of Free Software, as well as best practices from Scandinavia.
We're looking forward to your contribution by March 5!
20 February 2023
Youth Hacking 4 Freedom, FSFE's coding competition for young
Europeans, has just started. The kick-off event took place on the 26th
of January with an online meeting for the participants of this year's
competition. There they got the most important information about the
contest while starting to get to know each other.
15 February 2023
Thanks to your valuable contributions, we have reached our
fundraising target*. Thank you for your confidence and support, even in
these difficult times. These funds will help us run our campaigns and
organise events and talks to spread the word about our work, while
continuing to promote software freedom.
14 February 2023
For this episode Bonnie Mehring met with Karen Sandler to talk about
her relationship with Free Software. Karen depends on a medical device
to keep her heart working. This led her to become an advocate for
Free Software in medical devices.
08 February 2023
In this issue we invite public institutions to join free,
decentralised social networks. Watch our info-session on German
municipalities using Free Software. An FSFE volunteer doubts the
reliability of AI-generated text. I Love Free Software Day is just
around the corner. Celebrate with us!
26 January 2023
On the 14th of February the FSFE community meets up in diverse cities
around Europe to celebrate ‘I Love Free Software Day’. Join our
events in Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and Spain.
23 January 2023
FOSDEM 2023 is taking place in Brussels the first weekend of
February. The FSFE team will be participating at the main Free
Software convention in Europe with a booth and giving some keynotes.
Are you going to be there? Come to our booth and do not miss our
19 January 2023
Dortmund is opening a new chapter in Free Software Governance and
inspiring municipalities all over Germany. The recording of our event
on 11 January 2023 is now online. Are you interested in Free Software
and working in a municipal administration or in politics? Join our
new mailing list to exchange information on Free Software in
13 January 2023
Are you a motivated person who wants to support FSFE's activities as an intern? If your background is in computer science, law, political science or another social science field, apply to become part of our team in our Berlin office, working 35 hours per week for a period of 6 months. Join us in empowering people to take control of technology!.
10 January 2023
In January’s Newsletter: Dortmund embraces Free
Software, and Belgium is working to ensure Router Freedom. A
cryptographer analyzes IT security. A digital health ecosystem
licenses files with the REUSE tool. We are looking for an office
coordinator. We look forward to seeing you in FOSDEM and I Love Free
09 January 2023
The FSFE Swiss local group launches an initiative with GNU/Linux.ch to encourage public institutions to use federated free software solutions to communicate with their people. FediGov is the name of this campaign that is encouraging people to ask their governments to adopt ethical communications.
04 January 2023
Every February 14 the Free Software community around the world comes together to celebrate the “I Love Free Software Day”. On this special day we show our gratitude for every Free Software contributor. Join us in celebrating our love for Free Software and thank all the supporters of software freedom.
22 December 2022
A cryptographer and privacy specialist Amandine Jambert, a.k.a. Cryptie, is our guest in the 18th Software Freedom Podcast episode.
With her experience, Cryptie is the perfect person to tackle some basics about Security in Free Software.
20 December 2022
We are looking for an office coordinator for an open-ended 25-35 hours per week position in our
Berlin office. As part of our office management team you will be the
administrative backbone of our operations. Our ideal candidate has experience
as an office administrator, secretary, event organiser, or another relevant
19 December 2022
In the framework of the REUSE Booster initiative, the FSFE provides
individual assessments and direct assistance to Free Software projects
in the implementation of the REUSE best practices. GNU Health, a
project that combines social medicine with technology, has recently
become REUSE compliant. We have talked with Dr. Luis Falcón, its
15 December 2022
The Belgian regulator BIPT has decided to safeguard Router Freedom
for all connection types, including optical fiber (FTTx). The FSFE
engaged in the public consultation urging policy makers to make this
right a reality, and to improve monitoring over ISP practices.
15 December 2022
The City of Dortmund, together with Berlin and Munich, is initialising
the "Open Source Big 3" and setting up a "Coordination
Office for Digital Sovereignty and Open Source". The Free
Software Foundation Europe, the Do-FOSS initiative, and the Offene
Kommunen.NRW association will provide information about these current
developments in an online event on 11 January 2023.
14 December 2022
The 2nd Legal Education Day (LED), organized by the FSFE, took place in Bolzano to help Free Software developers understand legal topics on a basic level, so that they can avoid common pitfalls, allowing their software projects to reach full potential. The LED track featured sessions on the basics of copyright law, licenses, and other legal topics.
13 December 2022
In this issue we note the shift of the EU Digital Rights Declaration
to an unclear, ambiguous text. Free Software chess engine wins its
legal battle. Your contribution can help software freedom. YH4F
registration. The Greek team meets after a long time.
12 December 2022
Copyleft ensures that Free Software remains Free. Stockfish filed a
lawsuit when ChessBase distributed parts of Stockfish work under a
proprietary license, violating GNU GPL obligations. Checkmate!
Copyleft won. Stockfish secured numerous concessions from ChessBase
to respect the GPL.
09 December 2022
Are you thinking about registering for the second edition of Youth
Hacking 4 Freedom? But you are not yet sure? Two participants from
the last edition, Héctor and Leonardo, talked with us about the
projects they developed and their journey throughout the Free
Software world! Discover their experiences during the first edition
06 December 2022
Member states, the European Parliament, and the Commission have reached
a consensus on the Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles.
Although it aims to serve as a reference point for the digital
transformation of Europe, it instead descends into murky waters,
causing ambiguity. Its wording is unclear and it overlooks existing
05 December 2022
Your support and contribution for the promotion of Free Software are important for securing our continuous work, ensuring our independence, strengthening our democratic society, promoting and implementing concrete steps towards software freedom, and making it easier to use and develop Free Software.
22 November 2022
More than 100 civil society organisations across sectors have already
signed our open letter about “The universal right to install any
software on any device”. Now, in the European Week for Waste
Reduction, we open up the letter to be signed by individuals. Join
our cause and make your voice heard!
15 November 2022
FSFE’s ‘TEDective’, a program helping to analyse public spending,
wins first prize in the EU Datathon and our very own Youth Hacking
4 Freedom contest starts again. An EU draft law might end secure
chats. Citizens in Sweden have a say with the Free Software Decidim
and the FSFE Switzerland asks administrations to join federated
04 November 2022
The registration for the second edition of “Youth Hacking 4 Freedom”, the FSFE’s hacking competition for teenagers from all over Europe, has started. This contest offers young people aged between 14 and 18 the opportunity to challenge themselves, meet like-minded people and win cash prizes.
04 November 2022
The first edition of the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom contest has ended.
After 5 months of coding, over 35 young people came up with
outstanding projects. Three of them will be introduced to you in this
interview. Ekaterina, the mind behind Music Companion, Miquel who
developed Smart Table Assistant and Alexia, the creator of a basic
27 October 2022
In this 17th episode of the Software Freedom Podcast Matthias Kirschner and Petter Joelson uncover how Free Software can be a tool for citizens to actively participate in their local community. Petter invites you into the world of Decidim and explains what citizen participation should look like.
26 October 2022
The sixth edition of EU Datathon, the
EU’s open data competition, came to a close last week with the awards
ceremony. The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) won the first
prize in the challenge ‘transparency in public procurement’ with a
program that helps analyse how public administrations in the European
Union spend their money.
26 October 2022
Surely you have already heard about the controversial EU draft law on
mandatory chat control with the supposed aim to effectively tackle
child sexual abuse. This law implies the monitoring and scanning of
the communications of citizens – even the securely encrypted
04 October 2022
After a year of coding and evaluation the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom
competition comes to an end, giving us amazing projects. Who won? The
six winning programs offer sign language transcription, a smart table
robot, a personal assistant, a music tutorial, file sharing, and a
homework manager. All Free Software.
04 October 2022
In this issue, we discuss the rising awareness for Free Software in
France. We share our plans for monitoring the implementation of
Device Neutrality principles. A hackerspace in Albania shares the
‘Public Money! Public Code’ demand. We are looking for a working
student to be our next system administrator assistant.
28 September 2022
We continuously work to promote Free Software in Europe. In 2022
we addressed technological sustainability, advocated in the DMA and
AI act on European level, and defended Router Freedom in
Europe – among other activities. To reach younger
people, we organised a coding competition for
teenagers and published a children's book on software
15 September 2022
We are looking for a working student to support our work in
empowering people to control technology. The person will support the
FSFE's technical infrastructure by working with our system
administrators. The work is 10 hours per week in the Berlin office
and home office is possible at a later stage.
09 September 2022
In this episode of the Software Freedom Podcast, Bonnie Mehring speaks with Hugo Roy about his long involvement with the FSFE. Hugo is also very active in the French Free Software community and gives us an overview of the standing of Free Software in France.
06 September 2022
In this issue we look into the software development of Librem 5 phone
and of Phosh, the popular graphical environment for Linux phones. And
booths are back! We are happy to discuss Free Software in person
05 September 2022
A broad alliance of 13 organisations from the fields of environmental
protection, digital policy, development cooperation and academia
publishes a catalog of demands to show political solutions towards a
more sustainable digital society. This as a prelude to the upcoming
conference for digitization and sustainability "Bits &
23 August 2022
Since the launch of the “Public Money? Public Code!” initiative, it has grown a lot and experienced an increase of support. Now there is a new and fun way of showing your support for “Public Money? Public Code!”. With the new SharePic-Template, everybody can show their support of the campaign.
14 July 2022
We are looking for a reliable and driven intern to support the
FSFE's policy activities and contribute to our work to empower people
to control technology. The person will work 35 hours per week with our
team in the FSFE Berlin office for a six month period.
12 July 2022
Librem 5 runs the fully convergent PureOS, which means you can take
your desktop with you within your phone. Its dedicated graphical
environment, Phosh, is becoming a popular option for Linux phones.
Guido Günther, one of Purism’s main developers, reveals details of
Librem’s software development in this interview.
05 July 2022
In this issue we share an uplifting podcast episode on the progress
of the Upcycling Android campaign. We have a work position in the
FSFE staff. Greece is about to secure Router Freedom except for fiber
connections. Community news comes from Aarhus, Barcelona, Berlin,
Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Translators,
28 June 2022
Greece is one step closer to securing Router Freedom, but regulators
are excluding fiber (FTTH) connections from the legislation. A
coalition of organisations, allies of the FSFE, is now requesting
that lawmakers reconsider this and thus safeguard the freedom of all
17 June 2022
In November 2021 the FSFE has launched the new campaign "Upcycling Android". If you haven't already upcycled your phone or you are curious to learn more about the campaign listen to our new Software Freedom Podcast episode with the campaigns manager Erik Albers.
15 June 2022
We are looking for a Senior Project Manager Communication for 20-25
hours per week in our Berlin office. This is a great opportunity to
help amplify the importance of software freedom, so that every human
can use, study, share, and improve software and thereby support other
fundamental rights like freedom of speech, press, and privacy.
07 June 2022
In this issue, read about nine administrations innovating and
saving money with Free Software, a Dutch coalition calling for fair
digital education, and how a sustainable telecom sector is
attainable with Free Software. Volunteers organise ‘Public Money?
Public code!’ tour in Italy.
02 June 2022
A network of nine cities in Germany shows the benefits of ‚Public
Money? Public Code!‘
31 May 2022
Code paid by the people should be available to the people!
Volunteers will present the ‘Public Money? Public Code!’ campaign
in Trento, Bologna, and Caltanissetta. If you live in Italy, now you
have a perfect chance to learn more about the initiative and
20 May 2022
Students should not have to use proprietary software to participate in the
educational process. The FSFE joins the Dutch ‘Coalition Fair Digital
Education’ supporting privacy-respecting solutions involving Free Software in
16 May 2022
Together with the Alliance of Telecommunication Terminal Equipment
Manufacturers (VTKE), the FSFE organised the online event "The Future of
Router Freedom in Austria" where decision makers could debate with
industry and civil society stakeholders on the future developments
regarding the free choice of terminal equipment in Austria.
10 May 2022
As a contribution to a consultation organised by the European telecom regulator, BEREC, the FSFE calls for increasing the level of digital sustainability in the telecommunications sector by safeguarding device neutrality and establishing the right to install any software on any device.
10 May 2022
In this Issue: an alliance of 46 entities - and counting - supports the
universal right to install any software on any device. Free Software
is being considered for inclusion in the EU Declaration of Digital
Rights. FSFE's transparency in public procurement app gets to EU
Datathon finals. Italian FSFE volunteers prepare tour.
04 May 2022
Early this year, the Commission proposed a draft for an EU
Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles that aims to guide the
digital transformation in the EU. Now the European Parliament has
agreed on a text and Free Software makes part of it.
03 May 2022
Today the European Parliament passed a resolution on Artificial
Intelligence (AI) with a huge majority of 495 votes in favor, 34 against
and 102 abstentions. There are many references to the advantages of Free
Software included in the text - the FSFE now urges the Parliament to
transfer its own position into the AI regulation.
27 April 2022
The FSFE publishes an open letter, co-signed by 38 organisations and companies, to ask EU legislators for the right to install any software on any device, including full access to hardware. These rights support reusability and longevity of our devices. The alliance is composed of entities from environmental, economic, and technological sectors.
25 April 2022
Technology experts and ecologists join forces in the Bits & Bäume
('Bits and Trees') conference in October 2022 in Berlin. This year
the FSFE is part of its organising committee. We look for exciting
talks and insights about how Free Software can help realising a
sustainable digital society. Share your expertise and apply until 7
20 April 2022
Austria has introduced a reform law for the telecommunications sector which will affect the ability of consumers to choose and use their own routers and modems. Together with the Alliance of Telecommunication Terminal Equipment Manufacturers (VTKE) the FSFE is organising a session on "The Future of Router Freedom in Austria".
14 April 2022
On 26 January 2022, the European Commission presented its proposal for
the EU Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles which will serve
as a reference point in the future and as a common EU vision of our
digital rights. The declaration is now being discussed in the European
Parliament and Council, and Free Software should become part of it.
05 April 2022
In our April Newsletter, we welcome the promising developments on
AI in the EU. We address the German Government to demand a clear
budget for Free Software. We interview Plasma Mobile developer
Bhushan Shah, and talk with Elektra Wagenrad in a podcast episode
about Mesh Networking. We congratulate KDE on the world's first
30 March 2022
In the effort of adopting digital policies aligned with
people's fundamental rights, the European Parliament is in the
process of finding a position on the legal framework for the
development and use of AI technologies. The FSFE is following this
process so Free Software is included, innovation is fostered,
control enhanced, and trust strengthened.
28 March 2022
The traffic light coalition must anchor its goals for the digitisation of Germany, based on Free Software, as set out in
the coalition agreement in the 2022 federal budget. Otherwise, there is a risk of cementing dependencies on individual
vendors and losing sovereignty and innovative power.
23 March 2022
What are my options if I want to run my phone with Free Software?
For our Upcycling Android campaign we interviewed Plasma Mobile
developer Bhushan Shah about running a privacy-respecting and
secure GNU/Linux phone ecosystem on your phone.
22 March 2022
With this episode the Software Freedom Podcast opens the door to the fascinating and sometimes complex world of mesh networking. And who better than Elektra Wagenrad can take us on this journey? Elektra is one of the original developers of the B.A.T.M.A.N. protocol and of the Mesh Potato project.
16 March 2022
KDE's universal document viewer Okular is the first software to be awarded the Blue Angel ecolabel. The FSFE congratulates Okular to this milestone that confirms more environmental benefits of using and developing Free Software. Together with our Upcycling Android initiative we campaign for universal user freedoms in the EU in the upcoming months.
15 March 2022
At the end of the week, the new German government will have been in office for 100 days.
The coalition agreement contains ambitious statements on the use of Free Software (also known as Open Source), but so far
nothing has been implemented. On the contrary: dependencies are to be further cemented.
10 March 2022
Since 2010 the Free Software Foundation Europe has been
organising the yearly "I Love Free Software Day". Together
with hundreds of Free Software enthusiasts we celebrated our love for
Free Software on the 14th of February. To all of you who took part
and celebrated the "I Love Free Software Day", we would
like to thank you so much.
09 March 2022
In our March Newsletter, we share some much needed good news: people donated 60 children's books about software freedom to public libraries. The FSFE calls for the right to install Free Software. The first Upcycling Android workshop is happening in Berlin. The local group in Aarhus, Denmark, meets after a long time.
25 February 2022
At the Free Software Foundation Europe, we advocate for the universal right to
install and de-install any operating system and software on any device. The update
of the European ecodesign gives a historical chance to make this right part of
European legislation. Our Upcycling Android campaign marks the beginning of our
24 February 2022
At the prominent annual conference for Free Software, FOSDEM, we exchanged opinions and chatted with people from the
Free Software community. We raised awareness on wider issues that impact our movement in the Legal and Policy Devroom,
co-hosted by the FSFE. Enjoy the videos from the talks and stay in touch via Matrix until the next FOSDEM.
08 February 2022
In our February Newsletter, we invite you to our Games Event to celebrate the "I Love Free Software" Day on February 14th. Listen to our podcast episode with Stanislas Dolcini from the game '0 A.D.: Empires Ascendant'. FOSDEM was just concluded and the FSFE was there! We complete our celebrations for 20 years FSFE in an interview with past interns.
02 February 2022
The FSFE is eager to support its community with diverse Free Software
communication channels. We are happy to announce that we have recently added
Matrix to this list. After successful beta tests, every FSFE supporter and
volunteer can now create their own Matrix account. We will also use our
instance for the FSFE’s virtual booth during FOSDEM!
01 February 2022
Every 14th of February, people around the world celebrate the
“I Love Free Software Day”. On this day we show our love for Free
Software and thank all the people contributing to software freedom.
This year, we are organising a whole event dedicated to Free
27 January 2022
As in 2021, this year's FOSDEM will take place online. But this is neither stopping
us from once again co-hosting the Legal and Policy Issues Devroom nor from being present
with a digital booth. We are excited and look forward to presenting you an interesting
programme throughout the whole weekend.
27 January 2022
The upcoming "I Love Free Software Day" will focus on Free Software Games. One of the most famous Free Software games is "0 A.D.: Empires Ascendant". In this episode Bonnie Mehring talks with Stanislas Dolcini, the project leader of 0 A.D., about the game itself, the project, and how the game became Free Software.
21 January 2022
In the final publication about 20 Years FSFE, we want to thank
everyone who has worked for the organisation in an internship
position. We contacted eight former interns and asked them about
their time at the FSFE and their current involvement with Free
12 January 2022
A large part of our work is possible thanks to the contribution of
our volunteers. This was not the exception. Our Public Money?
Public Code! brochure is now translated into Spanish, and we
hosted an event to share this great news with our community.
GNUHealth, Pica Pica HackLab, Lliurex, Linkat, and KDE took
part in our event.
11 January 2022
In our January Newsletter, we recognise the importance of the
Digital Markets Act as a mostly positive development for software
freedom. Read how the lack of public code cost Stockholm €100
million. Our System Hackers team unravel what lies behind the FSFE
infrastructure. Vincent Lequertier stresses that AI needs
transparency. FOSDEM is coming up.
22 September 2021
With our 12th episode of the Software Freedom Podcast we dig into the
history and the beginning of enforcing Free Software licences, especially
the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL). Together with Till Jaeger, who has
been working alongside Harald Welte for enforcing the GNU GPL in the first
court cases in Germany, we talk about the long way we have come since those
02 July 2021
Max Mehl and Bonnie Mehring talk about the REUSE initiative and the newly launched REUSE Booster programme. This 11th episode of the Software Freedom Podcast is the perfect match for you if you are interested in Free Software licensing and curious about how REUSE and its tools make that easier for developers and users.
07 April 2021
In our 10th episode of the Software Freedom Podcast we talk with Elisa Lindinger from Superrr Lab. Together we discuss problems faced by Free Software projects and how to tackle them. In a broader frame we discover what would be needed for a more sustainable digital infrastructure and talk about the work Elisa does for this aim.
11 February 2021
For this episode of the Software Freedom Podcast we talk about the background of the "I Love Free Software Day" and how it all began 11 years ago. Discover together with Bonnie Mehring why Free Software developers, advocates, activists and contributors think this special day is so important for Free Software.
04 December 2020
In this Software Freedom Podcast episode Bonnie Mehring and Matthias Kirschner talk about the monetary costs of Free Software. On the example of a conversation Bonnie had with her mother, both discover ways of explaining the world of Free Software and how to answer common questions and misunderstandings about software freedom.
25 September 2020
For the seventh episode of our Software Freedom Podcast we talk with Vincent Lequertier about transparency, fairness, and accessibility as crucial criteria for artificial intelligence (AI) and why it is important for our society to release AI software under a Free Software license.
03 July 2020
We invited Miriam Ballhausen to talk with us about copyright enforcement. She is a German lawyer who focuses on software, data protection, copyright law and specifically Free Software copyright. This is the sixth regular episode of the Software Freedom Podcast for which we invite experts from our community.
24 April 2020
For our Software Freedom Podcast we talk with people who have inspiring ideas about software freedom. In this special episode, we talk with Dr. Luis Falcón and Dr. Axel Braun about the Free health and hospital information system GNU Health.
09 April 2020
For our Software Freedom Podcast we talk with people who have inspiring ideas about software freedom. In this episode, we talk with Professor Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, about regulation of society, offline as well as online, about the different means of regulation, and shed light on regulations through code.
21 January 2020
In the monthly Software Freedom Podcast we talk with people who have inspiring ideas about software freedom. In this episode, we talk with Carmen Bianca Bakker about the REUSE project. By this we are covering the very broad topic of software licensing and the problems there, which REUSE is able to solve with three simple steps.
20 December 2019
Once a month, we talk with people who have inspiring ideas about software freedom. In this third episode, our guest is Harald Welte, Free Software programmer and activist. Harald discusses with us his current projects regarding mobile phone communication and the general status of Free Software in this area.
12 November 2019
We are back with the second episode of our Software Freedom Podcast!
Once a month, we talk with people who have inspiring ideas about
software freedom. In this episode, we talk with Lydia Pintscher from
KDE about the development of the KDE community, the different KDE projects
and the issues they will be tackling over the next two years.
12 October 2019
We have a Podcast! Starting with this episode, we will talk once a
month with people who have inspiring ideas about software freedom. In
our first episode of our Software Freedom Podcast, we address the
issue of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) together with Cory
Doctorow, a British-Canadian writer, political activist, and
co-editor of the blog boingboing.net. Cory Doctorow is a prominent
supporter of software freedom and a less restrictive copyright law.
His books are published under Creative Commons licenses.