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  2. <html newsdate="2017-03-02">
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  4. <head>
  5. <title> helps voters compare party positions on digital freedom in upcoming Dutch election</title>
  6. </head>
  7. <body>
  8. <h1> helps voters compare party positions on digital freedom in upcoming Dutch election</h1>
  9. <p>Today FSFE Netherlands, NLnet, ISPConnect, and Open
  10. Source &amp; Overheid launch <a
  11. href=""></a> to help inform voters in
  12. the upcoming Dutch general election, which is held on 15 March 2017.
  13. provides guidance to voters on the topic of digital freedom,
  14. based on eight questions.</p>
  15. <p>The website allows voters to compare their political views with those of
  16. the parties participating in the election. The questions cover the topics of
  17. Free and Open Source Software, open standards, open data, open science, open
  18. education, surveillance, net neutrality and software patents. Voters can
  19. answer these questions for themselves, save them, and then compare the
  20. results with the answers from the political parties. Descriptions are added
  21. to all the questions, to provide context.</p>
  22. <blockquote><p>"Freedomvote fills a gap for the Dutch elections." explains
  23. Nico Rikken from FSFE Netherlands. "As only a couple of parties have a
  24. formal stance on themes of digital freedom, Freedomvote encourages parties
  25. to take a stance, so voters who care about digital freedoms know what
  26. they'll be voting for."</p></blockquote>
  27. <p>Unlike its <a href="">Swiss predecessor</a>, the
  28. Dutch Freedomvote model represents the political parties rather than
  29. individual candidates, and thus reflects the strong party orientation in the
  30. Netherlands' political system. is based on Free Software
  31. source code developed for Further software improvements are
  32. in the works, intended for others wanting to run their own Freedomvote in the
  33. future.</p>
  34. </body>
  35. <tags>
  36. <tag key="front-page"/>
  37. <tag key="freedomvote">Freedomvote</tag>
  38. <tag key="policy">policy</tag>
  39. <tag key="nl">Dutch</tag>
  40. <tag key="ayc">Ask Your Candidates</tag>
  41. <tag key="campaigns">Campaigns</tag>
  42. </tags>
  43. </html>