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<h1>About</h1>
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<p>The Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to
control technology.</p>
<p>Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives, and it is
important that this technology empowers rather than restricts us. Free
Software gives everybody the rights to use, understand, adapt, and share
software. These rights help support
other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press, and privacy.</p>
<p>The FSFE helps individuals and organisations to understand how Free
Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination. It
enhances users' rights by abolishing barriers to Free Software adoption,
encouraging people to use and develop Free Software, and providing resources to
enable everyone to further promote Free Software in Europe.</p>
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<h2>Find out more about</h2>
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<a href="/about/ourwork.html"><img src="/graphics/icons/our-work.png" alt="Read about the three pillars of our work"/></a>
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<h3><a href="/about/ourwork.html">Our Work</a></h3>
<p>
Read how we help individuals and organisations to understand how Free
Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination and
why we concentrate our daily work on three main pillars: public awareness,
policy advocacy, and legal support.
</p>
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<a href="/about/people/testimonials.html"><img src="/graphics/icons/testimonials.png" alt="Voices from our community"/></a>
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<h3><a href="/about/people/testimonials.html">Our Community</a></h3>
<p>
Hear voices and read testimonials from our diverse community, why they
support the FSFE and our mission. Some also answered interviews or even
made a video. Enjoy getting to know our community!
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<a href="/about/team.html"><img src="/graphics/icons/team.png" alt="People who dedicate their time for the FSFE"/></a>
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<h3><a href="/about/team.html">The Team</a></h3>
<p>
See who we are and get to know the people behind the FSFE. Here you
find the ones who are working for and with the FSFE and have been given
permanent responsibility or authority for certain areas - staffers
and volunteers.
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<a href="/associates/associates.html"><img src="/graphics/icons/associates.png" alt="List of organisations that we share common goals with"/></a>
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<h3><a href="/associates/associates.html">Associates</a></h3>
<p>
Empowering people to control technology is a goal which no single organisation
can achieve alone. With our associated organisations we exchange ideas, coordinate
efforts, motivate each other, and find opportunities to work together on specific
projects.
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<h2>Our foundation</h2>
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<a href="/about/legal/legal.html"><img src="/graphics/icons/legal-structure.png" alt="Constitution and minutes from the official annual meetings"/></a>
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<h3><a href="/about/legal/legal.html">Legal Structure</a></h3>
<p>
In 2001 the FSFE was set up as a charitable, registered association ("e.V.")
under German law. Find our constitution and minutes from the official annual
meetings here.
</p>
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<a href="/about/transparency-commitment.html"><img src="/graphics/icons/transparency.png" alt="Our Transparency Commitment"/></a>
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<h3><a href="/about/transparency-commitment.html">Transparency Commitment</a></h3>
<p>
As part of its initiative “transparent civil society”, Transparency International
Germany provides a guide on how to make a transparency commitment. We support this
initiative and you find all relevant information here.
</p>
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</li>
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<a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate"><img src="/graphics/icons/donations.png" alt="Support with donations"/></a>
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<h3><a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Donations</a></h3>
<p>
To be an independent voice for Free Software, we depend on donations. With
financial support you will contribute to a solid foundation on which we are building
our charitable work for freedom in the information society.
See <a href="/about/funds/funds.html">how we use our
funds</a> and <a href="/donate/thankgnus.html">who donates to us</a>.
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<h2>Get in touch</h2>
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<a href="/contact/contact.html"><img src="/graphics/icons/contact.png" alt="Public and general contact information"/></a>
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<h3><a href="/contact/contact.html">Contact</a></h3>
<p>
Find contact information for general and legal enquiries, our office location, a link
to our public dicussion channels, and our social media accounts on our contact page.
FSFE public and community discussions are covered by our Code of Conduct.
</p>
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<a href="/press/press.html"><img src="/graphics/icons/press.png" alt="Press information"/></a>
<div>
<h3><a href="/press/press.html">Press</a></h3>
<p>
If you are from the press, you will find our press portal useful. There you can
find all our press releases, our logos, news, general photos and contact information
for press inquiries.
</p>
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</li>
<li>
<a href="/about/jobs/index.html"><img src="/graphics/icons/intern.png" alt="Job opportunities"/></a>
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<h3><a href="/about/jobs/index.html">Job Opportunities</a></h3>
<p>
Besides the FSFE's volunteers, its permanent staff, interns and
trainees are a backbone of the organisation. We look for motivated
people who help us contributing to software freedom on many levels
in social, political, legal and technical areas.
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