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  4. <title>Swedish activist receives Nordic Free Software Award 2011</title>
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  7. <h1>Swedish activist receives Nordic Free Software Award 2011</h1>
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  9. <img src="/graphics/erik_josefsson_medium.jpg" alt="" />
  10. <p>Erik Josefsson.</p>
  11. <p class="photographer">Photo: Håkan Lindgren</p>
  12. </div>
  13. <p newsteaser="yes">
  14. Erik Josefsson is the winner of the Nordic Free Software Award
  15. 2011. With the award, the Swedish Foundation for Free Culture and
  16. Free Software (FFKP) honours Josefsson for his achievements as a
  17. campaigner for freedom in the information society.
  18. </p>
  19. <p>
  20. “We are proud to honour Erik for the tremendously important work
  21. he has done over the past ten years”, says FFKP Executive Director
  22. Jonas Öberg. “Erik has an exceptional ability to understand and
  23. explain the link between policy and technology. We are hugely
  24. grateful for his work. He is an inspiration to all of us.”
  25. </p>
  26. <p>
  27. From a career as a professional double-bass player, Josefsson
  28. gradually moved to full-time activism for freedom in the
  29. information society. He founded the Swedish Foundation for a Free
  30. Information Infrastructure (FFII Sweden) in 2004. Listed among
  31. Sweden's 30 most influential people during the European debate
  32. about software patents in 2005, Josefsson is among Europe's
  33. foremost defenders of software freedom.
  34. </p>
  35. <p>
  36. As an activist in Brussels, Josefsson was instrumental in getting
  37. the European Parliament to reject the Software Patent Directive in
  38. 2005. More recently, he prevented the EU from passing a law to cut
  39. off people's Internet access without due process, and is currently
  40. campaigning against <a href="">ACTA</a>.
  41. </p>
  42. <p>
  43. Josefsson currently works as an adviser on Internet policies for
  44. the Green/EFA Group in the European Parliament. He is busy
  45. building tools such as <a
  46. href="">ParlTrack</a> that make the
  47. Parliament's processes transparent to citizens. “This information
  48. holds real power”, says Henrik Sandklef, Vice President of the
  49. Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). “Understanding how the
  50. Parliament works is very important for the Free Software movement.
  51. Erik does a great job of explaining software freedom to
  52. politicians, and helping freedom campaigners to understand
  53. Europe's power structure.”
  54. </p>
  55. <p>
  56. Every year since 2007, <a href="">FFKP</a> has
  57. used the Nordic Free Software Award to honour people, projects and
  58. organisations in the Nordic countries that have made a prominent
  59. contribution to the advancement of Free Software. Previous winners
  60. of the award are Bjarní Runar Einarsson (2010), Simon Josefsson
  61. and Daniel Stenberg (2009), Mats Östling (2008), and the
  62. Skolelinux project (2007).
  63. </p>
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