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  5. <meta name="description" content="A message about our recent successes towards software freedom in Europe despite the crisis" />
  6. <meta name="keywords" content="fsfe covid19 corona pmpc publiccode" />
  7. <title>(Y)our recent successes towards software freedom in Europe</title>
  8. </head>
  9. <body>
  10. <h1>(Y)our recent successes towards software freedom in Europe</h1>
  11. <p>The spread of Covid-19 brought dramatic and drastic changes for us and our societies, and this shed light on the global need for global solutions like Free Software. Here is a short summary of the recent successes towards software freedom in Europe we achieved together with your help and despite the crisis. </p>
  12. <p>The spread of Covid-19 brought dramatic and drastic changes for us and our
  13. societies. One of the things most of us experienced was to stay at home or in
  14. quarantine. Apart from severe consequences people have been facing, suddenly
  15. many people also have been forced to work from home. In response, our
  16. community was quick and eager in helping people to stay in control of
  17. technology. Already, in the very beginning, our community members gathered
  18. knowledge and <a href="/news/2020/news-20200403-01.html">wrote a guide to freedom respecting online collaboration and
  19. communication tools into our wiki.</a></p>
  20. <p>In our official channels, the FSFE focused early on highlighting that <a href="/news/2020/news-20200408-01.html">global
  21. problems need global solutions</a> and on explaining why <strong>only Free Software
  22. creates global solutions and cooperation</strong>. We received positive feedback and
  23. we luckily have seen tremendous success with our message: the European Union,
  24. the World Health Organsation and the EU eHealth Network followed our
  25. arguments and they now recommend that any COVID-19 contact tracing app
  26. development be published as Free Software. Many countries followed their
  27. recommendations, for example Austria with StoppCorona, the Netherlands with
  28. PrivateTracer, Germany with the Corona Warn App, Czech Republic with eRouška and Italy with Immuni App.</p>
  29. <p>This is a huge success for software freedom! It is a result of the daily
  30. work we all persistently invest in Free Software advocacy. <strong>For almost 20
  31. years the FSFE has been part of an ever growing freedom respecting community in
  32. Europe.</strong> We gather reliable expertise and consultancy and continuously explain
  33. to the public and political representatives the benefits of software freedom.
  34. Now, in the face of the crisis, national and international players finally
  35. seem to realize the advantages of Free Software.</p>
  36. <figure>
  37. <img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/ab03df8aad289367c8d03410b8b13b05.jpg" alt="A puzzle that creates a globe" />
  38. <figcaption>Free Software creates global solutions.</figcaption>
  39. </figure>
  40. <h2>Health care apps as Free Software</h2>
  41. <p>Hopefully, the decision to publish Covid-19 health care apps as Free Software
  42. by itself helps to change mindsets of decision-makers in the long run. But also
  43. the viral effect of the preceding discussions, publications and decisions is priceless.
  44. Major international and national news agencies have reported about health care
  45. apps becoming Free Software and the benefits involved. In several countries
  46. we have seen a coalition of scientists, data protection agencies, ministries
  47. and politicians who argued in favor of software freedom. Every time they
  48. do, <strong>more people are understanding why software freedom matters for our society</strong>. And
  49. any time more people are understanding the importance of software freedom, it is
  50. likely that some of them join our cause.
  51. </p>
  52. <p>These developments are part of the success of our work and they show that even
  53. in a time of dramatic crisis you can help people to understand the benefits of
  54. controlling technology. On the other hand, there is still a lot to do. Many
  55. countries still encourage the use of proprietary tracing apps. In other
  56. countries - for example in Germany where the Corona Warn App was developed - the
  57. tracing apps themselves are Free Software but they depend on the proprietary
  58. "Exposure Notification Framework" only accessible by installing the
  59. proprietary Google Play services or Apple iOS update. You also need to use the proprietary app
  60. market to install the app itself. Then <strong>what is all freedom worth if the
  61. solution depends on third-party proprietary blobs?</strong> And if you have to use
  62. proprietary software to install them?
  63. </p>
  64. <h2>Public administrations for Free Software</h2>
  65. <p>If we take a look at the big picture and away from the COVID-19 apps, <strong>many
  66. administrations recently have announced that they plan to follow our road to freedom</strong>.
  67. <a href="/news/2020/news-20200610-01.html">Hamburg</a> wants to focus more on Free Software, <a href="/news/2020/news-20200630-01.html">Munich</a> commits to "Public
  68. Money? Public Code!", <a href="/news/2020/news-20200424-01.html">the Netherlands</a> commit to Free Software by default,
  69. the Spanish Municipality of <a href="/news/nl/nl-202007.html#-dinero-p-blico-c-digo-p-blico-">Benigànim</a> signs the Open Letter of our "Public
  70. Money? Public Code!" campaign and the German city of <a href="/news/2020/news-20200630-01.html">Bühl</a> uses Free Software
  71. to connect their citizens. We want to help them on their journey and ask more
  72. to join! We want to make sure people understand that this is a long term
  73. activity, and we offer help and guidance.</p>
  74. <p><strong>Now is a good time to raise awareness about our mission in new audiences</strong>.
  75. Progressing for our long term work, the recent successes and the
  76. public discussions about Free Software we want to speed up the path towards a
  77. Europe built on Free Software. Please help us to convince more decision-makers
  78. and to supply them with good material to show the benefits of Free
  79. Software.</p>
  80. <p><strong><a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=cwanews">Join us as a supporter</a> and help us with a financial contribution</strong> so we can
  81. boost our work, repeat our recent successes and help people understand why
  82. Free Software is important for our future:</p>
  83. <h3><a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate?referrer=cwanews">Join us as a supporter and make our success your success!</a></h3>
  84. <figure>
  85. <img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/c2dae610ff67340f2e0642ed6088cb5c.jpg" alt="Tux + GNU + IloveFS" />
  86. </figure>
  87. <p><strong>The FSFE wishes you all an enjoyable and healthy summer in (software) freedom.</strong></p>
  88. <p>PS: A financial support towards the FSFE is tax-deductible in some countries.
  89. They say it is good for your karma in any country around the globe.</p>
  90. </body>
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  92. <tag key="front-page"/>
  93. <tag key="pmpc">Public Money? Public Code!</tag>
  94. <tag key="corona">Covid-19</tag>
  95. </tags>
  96. <discussion href="https://community.fsfe.org/t/485"/>
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