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<title>Swedish activist receives Nordic Free Software Award 2011</title>
<h1>Swedish activist receives Nordic Free Software Award 2011</h1>
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<p>Erik Josefsson.</p>
<p class="photographer">Photo: Håkan Lindgren</p>
Erik Josefsson is the winner of the Nordic Free Software Award
2011. With the award, the Swedish Foundation for Free Culture and
Free Software (FFKP) honours Josefsson for his achievements as a
campaigner for freedom in the information society.
“We are proud to honour Erik for the tremendously important work
he has done over the past ten years”, says FFKP Executive Director
Jonas Öberg. “Erik has an exceptional ability to understand and
explain the link between policy and technology. We are hugely
grateful for his work. He is an inspiration to all of us.”
From a career as a professional double-bass player, Josefsson
gradually moved to full-time activism for freedom in the
information society. He founded the Swedish Foundation for a Free
Information Infrastructure (FFII Sweden) in 2004. Listed among
Sweden's 30 most influential people during the European debate
about software patents in 2005, Josefsson is among Europe's
foremost defenders of software freedom.
As an activist in Brussels, Josefsson was instrumental in getting
the European Parliament to reject the Software Patent Directive in
2005. More recently, he prevented the EU from passing a law to cut
off people's Internet access without due process, and is currently
campaigning against ACTA.
Josefsson currently works as an adviser on Internet policies for
the Green/EFA Group in the European Parliament. He is busy
building tools such as <a
href="">ParlTrack</a> that make the
Parliament's processes transparent to citizens. “This information
holds real power”, says Henrik Sandklef, Vice President of the
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). “Understanding how the
Parliament works is very important for the Free Software movement.
Erik does a great job of explaining software freedom to
politicians, and helping freedom campaigners to understand
Europe's power structure.”
Every year since 2007, <a href="">FFKP</a> has
used the Nordic Free Software Award to honour people, projects and
organisations in the Nordic countries that have made a prominent
contribution to the advancement of Free Software. Previous winners
of the award are Bjarní Runar Einarsson (2010), Simon Josefsson
and Daniel Stenberg (2009), Mats Östling (2008), and the
Skolelinux project (2007).
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