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  4. <title>Free Software Foundation Europe receives Theodor Heuss Medal</title>
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  7. <h1>Free Software Foundation Europe receives Theodor Heuss Medal</h1>
  8. <h2>“Acting responsibly for a just and fair digital world”</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">
  10. Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) on Saturday received the <a
  11. href="http://www.theodor-heuss-stiftung.de">Theodor Heuss Medal</a> in
  12. recognition of its work for freedom in the information society. The medal
  13. is awarded once a year in Stuttgart by a non-partisan foundation named for
  14. West Germany's first president.
  15. </p>
  16. <p>
  17. "We will not gain our freedom in the information society without effort,"
  18. says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President. "Software is a central tool of our
  19. society. We need to make sure that we ourselves control this tool, so we
  20. are able to adapt it to our needs."
  21. </p>
  22. <p>
  23. Ludwig Theodor Heuss, chairman of the Heuss Foundation, highlighted the
  24. fact that software is a cultural technique. "Free Software Foundation
  25. Europe is making a highly competent contribution to the effort of building
  26. a new framework for digital freedom using Free Software."
  27. </p>
  28. <p>
  29. Since its founding in 2001, FSFE works to put the control of software into
  30. the hands of everyone. "This award for us is a very special recognition of
  31. our work, and a great encouragement to push even harder for the interests
  32. of users and developers," says Gerloff. "For this, we will need <a
  33. href="http://fsfe.org/contribute">a lot of support from many
  34. individuals</a>."
  35. </p>
  36. <p>
  37. During the ceremony in Stuttgart a wide range of prominent figures from
  38. politics and business were present. Among them were the former German
  39. president Richard von Weizsäcker and Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger,
  40. the minister of justice. In his award speech, Ludwig Heuss referred to
  41. organisations like FSFE as "the yeast in society's dough".
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