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  5. <title>Our Work</title>
  6. </head>
  7. <body class="overview">
  8. <h1 class="heading">Our Work</h1>
  9. <div id="introduction">
  10. <p>
  11. The Free Software Foundation Europe helps individuals and
  12. organisations understand how Free Software contributes to
  13. freedom, transparency and self-determination. We enhance
  14. users' rights by abolishing barriers to Free Software adoption,
  15. encourage people to use and develop Free Software and provide
  16. resources to enable everyone to further promote Free Software
  17. in Europe.
  18. </p>
  19. </div>
  20. <h2>
  21. The three pillars of our activities:<br />
  22. <a href="#awareness">Public Awareness</a> - <a href="#policy">Policy Advocacy</a> - <a href="#legal">Legal Support</a>
  23. </h2>
  24. <p>
  25. Imagine a world where pupils learn about the philosophy of Free
  26. Software and no one is forced to use non-free software. A world
  27. where public bodies develop Free Software for the public and
  28. decision-makers understand the long-term societal achievements by
  29. building public infrastructures on Free Software.
  30. </p>
  31. <p>
  32. Even if these goals still seem a long way off, we are already
  33. taking great steps forward today. Democratic societies are
  34. dynamic societies. Regularly, we see changes of public demands,
  35. policies and legal frameworks happening. Many of these changes
  36. create opportunities and chances to act upon and to help the
  37. public moving towards a free society. To ensure that the FSFE is
  38. able to make the best out of these opportunities, <strong>we
  39. concentrate our daily work on three main pillars: public
  40. awareness, policy advocacy and legal support</strong>.
  41. </p>
  42. <p>
  43. This page is for you to read about the rationales behind our
  44. work. If you are interested in concrete projects and are looking more
  45. deeply for details, you will find them on our <a
  46. href="/activities/activities.html">activities overview</a>. Or
  47. look at our <a href="/contribute/contribute.html">contribute
  48. page</a> if you would like to get more deeply involved.
  49. </p>
  50. <h2 id="awareness">Public Awareness</h2>
  51. <p>
  52. Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives.<strong>
  53. It is important that people and organisations know about software
  54. freedom and its benefits for our society so they can join our
  55. cause</strong>. The more people who understand Free Software, the
  56. stronger our voice becomes and the more we will accomplish for
  57. software freedom. That is why a main focus of the FSFE's work
  58. revolves around informing the public.
  59. </p>
  60. <p>
  61. Our website explains <a
  62. href="/freesoftware/freesoftware.html">the basics of Free
  63. Software</a> and spreads <a href="/news/news.html">up-to-date
  64. news</a> about our work and the Free Software ecosystem. We also
  65. share this news on our social media channels for everyone to
  66. <a href="/press/press.html">follow</a> and publish a
  67. monthly <a href="/news/newsletter.html">Newsletter</a> with a
  68. summary of all news of the last 4 weeks. For those who prefer the spoken word, we
  69. publish a bi-monthly <a href="/news/podcast.html">podcast</a> in
  70. addition to discussing Free-Software-related topics in-depth with
  71. experts from our community.
  72. </p>
  73. <p>
  74. Also important in our public awareness activities are
  75. <strong>public campaigns</strong>. Many of these campaigns are
  76. designed around a special topic regarding Free Software or to
  77. help people to align with a certain demand covering our work for
  78. Free Software. But we also have timeless campaigns on the general
  79. well-being of Free Software, for example our <a
  80. href="/campaigns/ilovefs/">“I love Free Software” day</a>
  81. campaign, a campaign to remind all of us to say thank you to all
  82. the Free Software out there, at least once a year. You can find
  83. many more of our awareness campaigns on our <a
  84. href="/activities/awareness.html">activities overview</a>.
  85. </p>
  86. <figure>
  87. <img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/fd82835a6592f3d05b1e5a183cbce7c0.png" alt=""/>
  88. <figcaption>From top left to bottom right: Lucas Lasota speaking
  89. at the FSFE Community Meeting 2019 (CC-BY 2.0 NOI Techpark);
  90. Bonnie Mehring and Erik Albers interviewed at the 36C3; Hanno
  91. Boeck speaks at 34C3; FSFE village team at SHA Camp.</figcaption>
  92. </figure>
  93. <p>
  94. We regularly create and organise <a
  95. href="/events/events.html">information booths</a> in many
  96. European countries. These are set up by our community members. You can spot
  97. those booths at different events, from local street festivals to
  98. international gatherings. Together with <strong>talks and
  99. workshops</strong> given by volunteers and staffers, such
  100. information booths spread the word of software freedom
  101. face-to-face. Many of our public talks are recorded and we
  102. publish them for everyone to see on our video channels.
  103. </p>
  104. <p>
  105. If you would like to <strong>get active</strong> yourself, we offer you
  106. high quality <a href="/contribute/spreadtheword.html">information
  107. material</a> to help with your personal public awareness
  108. activities. You can order the material for no cost inside Europe.
  109. Also we have high quality <a href="/order/order.html">merchandise
  110. material</a> for you to wear and show your support for Free
  111. Software.
  112. </p>
  113. <a class="learn-more" href="/activities/awareness.html">All Awareness activities</a>
  114. <h2 id="policy">Policy Advocacy</h2>
  115. <p>
  116. Political decisions and directions have big impact on Free
  117. Software, its ecosystems and its communities. The FSFE has
  118. long-time experience in working with policy-makers and public
  119. bodies in Europe, from local administrations to high-level
  120. decision makers. We are always aiming at enhancing the rights of Free
  121. Software users and developers and abolishing barriers to Free
  122. Software adoption.
  123. </p>
  124. <p>
  125. Professional representation of interests means being in the right
  126. place at the right time with the right approach. Politics is a
  127. day-to-day business but decisions take time - sometimes it takes
  128. years to come to a compromise. It needs a lot of explaining,
  129. networking, back and forth, adaptation to situations, finding
  130. majorities or in two words: <strong>professional
  131. lobbying</strong>. The FSFE undertakes this task for the benefit
  132. of software freedom and putting people in control of technology.
  133. We are in regular contact with relevant stakeholders, analyse
  134. decision making processes in different legal environments and
  135. based on this choose the best strategies to be successful with
  136. our demands.
  137. </p>
  138. <figure>
  139. <img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/ca6b658d055b8828eaa33bfdd138fc7f.jpg" alt=""/>
  140. </figure>
  141. <p>
  142. Within our policy advocacy, the FSFE takes part in consultations,
  143. parliamentarian hearings and public discussions. We are reaching
  144. out to decision makers with concrete proposals and propose
  145. policies in favor of user's freedom. One key to success is the
  146. backing of our community for whom we offer participatory
  147. activities to get involved in political processes or to campaign
  148. and advocate together with us for a Europe relying on Free
  149. Software. One example of such a campaign is our <a
  150. href="https://publiccode.eu/">“Public Money? Public Code!”</a>
  151. campaign, a timeless campaign targeting decision makers to change
  152. public funding practices: We want legislation requiring that
  153. publicly financed software developed for the public sector be
  154. made publicly available under a Free Software licence. We offer
  155. material and expertise and ask our community to help spread the
  156. word. Also we report about our activities on our website and
  157. social media channels, provide in-depth analysis on different
  158. topics and issues and help others to understand what we are doing
  159. and why.
  160. </p>
  161. <p>
  162. The FSFE is available as an independent expert for other
  163. communities, partners and interested bodies to explain the
  164. advantages and political needs of Free Software. Often we are
  165. partnering with like-minded organisations to back our demands by
  166. setting up ad-hoc alliances or campaigning together with friends.
  167. Throughout the year, the FSFE offers forums to discuss current
  168. activities and developments regarding software freedom in order
  169. for everyone interested to have a strong voice together in
  170. debates and to be successful in lobbying for Free Software.
  171. </p>
  172. <p>
  173. To further deepen existing alliances and to facilitate the
  174. creation of new ones, as well as to publicly offer our expertise,
  175. we also host <strong>our own policy events</strong>. For example
  176. we regularly invite Free Software groups around Europe to come
  177. together and exchange knowledge about the current state of Free
  178. Software in Europe and to create resilient networks. Or we invite
  179. decision makers to our own events and discuss important aspects
  180. of software freedom and help them to understand the impact of
  181. reusing software.
  182. </p>
  183. <p>
  184. Often campaigns are designed to help people to align with a
  185. certain demand covering our work for Free Software. For example,
  186. <a href="https://publiccode.eu/">“Public Money? Public Code!”</a>
  187. is a timeless campaign targeting decision makers to change public
  188. funding practices in favour of Free Software licensing.
  189. </p>
  190. <a class="learn-more" href="/activities/policy.html">All Policy activities</a>
  191. <h2 id="legal">Legal Support</h2>
  192. <p>
  193. Free licenses and their proper application can be complex but are
  194. indispensable for Free Software. At the Free Software Foundation
  195. Europe, we <a href="/freesoftware/legal/legal.html">educate
  196. people on these legal issues</a> and help developers, companies
  197. and political entities to develop, use and reuse Free Software in
  198. a manner that is compliant with existing legal frameworks.
  199. </p>
  200. <p>
  201. The FSFE maintains <a href="/activities/ftf/ln.html">the world's
  202. largest network</a> on legal issues related to Free Software.
  203. Participants come from a variety of legal backgrounds, including
  204. practicing lawyers, corporate in-house counsel and software
  205. engineers with legal skills. The provision of a <strong>neutral
  206. discussion platform</strong> enables the analysis and development
  207. of strategies and solutions for concrete legal questions. By
  208. sharing knowledge among Network members, the Legal Network
  209. contributes to growing legal expertise regarding Free Software.
  210. Once a year, the FSFE hosts a Free Software Legal and Licensing
  211. Workshop, which gives world-leading legal experts the opportunity
  212. to personally discuss issues and best practices related to Free
  213. Software licensing.
  214. </p>
  215. <figure>
  216. <img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/4e10c5f7d344f929a494f8fc4c0ba27f.jpg" alt=""/>
  217. <figcaption>Polina Malaja, FSFE GA Member, speaking at the Legal
  218. and Licensing Workshop 2018</figcaption>
  219. </figure>
  220. <p>
  221. To encourage accuracy and the adoption of best practices in Free
  222. Software licensing, the FSFE's legal experts help with concrete
  223. <strong>licensing consultancy</strong>. We provide guidance for
  224. Free Software projects, both on an individual level and
  225. on a larger scale with initiatives from organisations that
  226. include the European Commission. Our aim is to ensure that
  227. everyone who works with developing Free Software understands the
  228. best practices for communicating components, licenses and
  229. copyrights associated with software packages, in order for them
  230. to comply with all legal necessities fulfilling software freedom.
  231. </p>
  232. <p>
  233. The FSFE's legal work with licensing is also supported greatly by
  234. <a href="https://reuse.software/">REUSE</a>, an initiative
  235. started by the FSFE to provide a set of recommendations that
  236. make licensing Free Software projects easier for developers. The
  237. REUSE recommendations make it easy for developers to declare the
  238. licenses under which their Free Software works are released and
  239. also to enable computers to easily understand how these software
  240. projects are licensed. REUSE is an initiative to promote a
  241. software ecosystem where Free Software can be easily shared and
  242. reused in a legally sound manner.
  243. </p>
  244. <a class="learn-more" href="/activities/legal.html">All Legal activities</a>
  245. </body>
  246. </html>