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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FSFE's plans for 2021 +++ IloveFS +++ FOSDEM

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In our January Newsletter, read about our plans for 2021 including our upcoming birthday celebrations and our participation at FOSDEM. We roll out this year's "I love Free Software" campaign and, as usual, report about our various community activites.

FSFE's plans for 2021

In the last weeks, we have constantly developed our message of software freedom for 2021. And with so many exciting things surrounding FSFE's activities in the upcoming months, we are looking forward to realize them.

The FSFE staffers working remote
Although working remotely, we are looking forward and thinking big for 2021.

The FSFE will celebrate its birthday as we turn 20 in 2021. 20 years of defending user's rights and spreading software freedom. We want to use that momentum to speak, show and reflect on our activities in the past 20 years. And we want to give momentum to our community because it is on their shoulders that we have built our movement and our networks, which form a well-known pan-European Free Software expert interest representation called Free Software Foundation Europe. More information on this in the next newsletter.

As we turn 20, we will continue to have to deal with the current global situation, for instance by running our events online this year. Our running campaigns will be updated and we will launch a brand-new campaign "Upcycling Android" towards the second half of the year – stay tuned.

Now looking a bit into the closer future, our event team is doing its best to offer you a pleasant FSFE online experience at FOSDEM, the biggest Free Software conference in Europe. Not only are we offering a digital booth and our annual pre-FOSDEM community meeting, we will also co-coordinate the Legal and Policy Devroom. For more information, see below. Not to forget that right after FOSDEM there will be the:

I love Free Software day 2021

More than any other year, we feel it is important this year to come together and celebrate the annual "I love Free Software day" on 14. February. After months of a dark and physically distanced winter, we invite you to show your faces and your love towards the philosophy that unites us all, our love for Free Software.

People showing face for IloveFS
Show your face for "I love Free Software Day 2021"

To bring us all together on the same virtual page, we have prepared a brand new "I love Free Software" activity for you. Use our graphics to share your love with your friends, family, colleagues and the Free Software community and to virtually unite. Simply take a picture of yourself that you like and write down in a few words why you love Free Software. Then fill our share-pic generator and share the result in your favourite channels or via social media. By using the hashtag #IloveFS you make sure that we also see it - or by pinging our account directly in the respective social media channel. If none of that works for you, we are also happy to receive your image in an email to contact@fsfe.org.

We are really looking forward to celebrating #IloveFS with you!


Start the new year as a supporter of the Free Software Foundation Europe


Upcoming events

What have we done? Inside and outside the FSFE

Job vacancy

We are looking for a person with a strong technical background to support projects with software engineering and expertise. The person will work part-time, either in our Berlin office or remotely. The closing date for applications is Sunday, 21 February 2021.

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Thanks to our community and all the volunteers, supporters, and donors who make our work possible. And thanks to our translators, who enable you to read this newsletter in your native languages.

Your editor, Erik Albers


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