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  5. <meta name="description" content="Hamburg wants to focus more on Free Software" />
  6. <meta name="keywords" content="fsfe Hamburg pmpc publiccode public sector" />
  7. <title>Hamburg wants to focus more on Free Software</title>
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  9. <body>
  10. <h1>Hamburg wants to focus more on Free Software</h1>
  11. <p>In Hamburg, the SPD and the Greens are stating in their coalition
  12. agreement to focus more on Free Software during their future term. The
  13. FSFE welcomes this step and will critically monitor its implementation.</p>
  14. <p>In order to strengthen digital sovereignty of Hamburg, the city wants to
  15. use more Free Software in the future <a
  16. href="">(see
  17. the PDF of the coalition agreement)</a>. The goal is to minimise the
  18. dependence on individual providers and create transparency. Wherever it
  19. appears meaningful, cooperation with other administrations should be
  20. established. However, the coalition agreement contains several loopholes,
  21. for example for procurement procedures and diffuse justification to protect
  22. proprietary software vendors.</p>
  23. <blockquote>Alexander Sander, the FSFE's Policy Manager, explains: "We are
  24. pleased that Hamburg has recognised the problems associated with the use of
  25. proprietary software and wants to focus more on the use of Free Software.
  26. However, the exceptions in the coalition agreement indicate at this point
  27. in time that the implementation could lead to problems and counteracting
  28. the goals. We will critically monitor the process and demand that first
  29. steps be taken quickly to make software developed with public money
  30. available to the general public. If it is public money, it should be public
  31. code as well."</blockquote>
  32. <figure>
  33. <img src="" alt="Hamburg" />
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  35. <p>Free Software gives everyone the right to use, understand, distribute
  36. and improve software for any purpose. Administrations also benefit from
  37. these freedoms when they rely on Free Software. More and more
  38. administrations all over Europe are using and developing Free Software in
  39. order to benefit from interoperable solutions, to avoid vendor lock ins, to
  40. be transparent and sovereign, to spend funds in the most efficient way and
  41. to foster innovation and collaboration.</p>
  42. <p>As part of the "Public Money? Public Code!" campaign, FSFE is
  43. specifically campaigning for a change in policy towards Free Software. The
  44. "Public Money? Public Code!" initiative aims to set Free Software as the
  45. standard for publicly financed software. The Free Software Foundation
  46. Europe together with over 180 civil society organisations and more than
  47. 27.000 individuals signed the open letter. We will use the signatures to
  48. contact decision makers and political representatives all over Europe and
  49. convince them to make public code the standard. You are invited to add your
  50. signature to make a bigger impact on <a
  51. href=""></a>/</p>
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  55. <tag key="pmpc">Public Money? Public Code!</tag>
  56. <tag key="de">Germany</tag>
  57. <tag key="publicadministration">Public Administration</tag>
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