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  4. <title>Freedomvote.nl helps voters compare party positions on digital freedom in upcoming Dutch election</title>
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  6. <body>
  7. <h1>Freedomvote.nl helps voters compare party positions on digital freedom in upcoming Dutch election</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Today FSFE Netherlands, NLnet, ISPConnect, and Open
  9. Source &amp; Overheid launch <a
  10. href="https://freedomvote.nl">Freedomvote.nl</a> to help inform voters in
  11. the upcoming Dutch general election, which is held on 15 March 2017.
  12. Freedomvote.nl provides guidance to voters on the topic of digital freedom,
  13. based on eight questions.</p>
  14. <p>The website allows voters to compare their political views with those of
  15. the parties participating in the election. The questions cover the topics of
  16. Free and Open Source Software, open standards, open data, open science, open
  17. education, surveillance, net neutrality and software patents. Voters can
  18. answer these questions for themselves, save them, and then compare the
  19. results with the answers from the political parties. Descriptions are added
  20. to all the questions, to provide context.</p>
  21. <blockquote><p>"Freedomvote fills a gap for the Dutch elections." explains
  22. Nico Rikken from FSFE Netherlands. "As only a couple of parties have a
  23. formal stance on themes of digital freedom, Freedomvote encourages parties
  24. to take a stance, so voters who care about digital freedoms know what
  25. they'll be voting for."</p></blockquote>
  26. <p>Unlike its <a href="https://freedomvote.ch/">Swiss predecessor</a>, the
  27. Dutch Freedomvote model represents the political parties rather than
  28. individual candidates, and thus reflects the strong party orientation in the
  29. Netherlands' political system. Freedomvote.nl is based on Free Software
  30. source code developed for Freedomvote.ch. Further software improvements are
  31. in the works, intended for others wanting to run their own Freedomvote in the
  32. future.</p>
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  37. <tag content="policy">policy</tag>
  38. <tag content="Dutch">NL</tag>
  39. <tag content="Ask Your Candidates">AYC</tag>
  40. <tag content="Campaigns">Campaigns</tag>
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