Although digital issues are becoming increasingly important, general election coverage often miss them out. That is why the "Koalition Freies Wissen" ("Free Knowledge Coalition") created the "Digital-O-Mat", an online tool for voter information for the German federal election of 2017. The FSFE asked the participating parties about their positions on Free Software. CDU/CSU, SPD and FDP avoid clear statements and thus confirm the status quo, the Greens and the Left in contrast present themselves as supporters of Free Software.
For Digital-O-Mat, the Free Software Floundation Europe asked the participating parties the following questions:
CDU/CSU (conservatives) and FDP (liberals) marked their position as "neutral" and answered in a very similar fashion. Unfortunately, these parties avoid making a clear stance and ultimately confirm the status quo. On one hand, they do consider the use of Free Software, on the other hand, so they say, there are multiple other aspects to consider weigh in. However, they list functionality and usability for example, even though they have no relation to the licence in use. When asked about the migration of existing IT systems, CDU/CSU prefer decision making on a case-by-case basis, while FDP dodged our question.
Although the SPD (labour) also marked their answer as "neutral", they support the deployment and development of Free Software in public administrations and educational institutions, "to foster the creation of innovative businesses in the local market". Die Linke (lefts) and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (greens) position themselves as supporters of deployment and public funding of Free Software. The greens consider Free Software to be a "cornerstone for secure and future-proof IT systems", and the lefts also fully support it, as long as there are no concerns regarding security or operation.
The Koalition Freies Wissen ("Free Knowledge Coalition") is an association of multiple civic organisations, namely Bündnis Freie Bildung, Chaos Computer Club e.V., Digitale Gesellschaft e.V., Förderverein freie Netzwerke e.V., Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V., Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. and the Free Software Foundation Europe.
The common goal of the Koalition Freies Wissen is to disseminate knowledge about digital and Internet policy issues as well as to highlight and establish digital civil rights in society and politics. The coalition has sent questions to the participating parties in previous state parliament elections this year and has now created the Digital-O-Mat for the German federal elections 2017.Related content: Digital-O-Mat