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<h1>EU Declaration of Digital Rights: Free Software included by European Parliament</h1>
<p>Early this year, the Commission proposed a draft for an EU
Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles that aims to guide the
digital transformation in the EU. Now the European Parliament has
agreed on a text and Free Software makes part of it.
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<p><a href="https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/library/declaration-european-digital-rights-and-principles">The
European Commission has presented its proposal</a> for the EU
Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles which will serve as
reference point in the future and as a common vision of our digital
rights in Europe. After receiving the contributions to the text from
different committees and finding a compromise, the European Parliament
has now agreed on a common text. The FSFE welcomes that the text by
the European Parliament now includes Free Software as a way to ensure
transparency in the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence. It
further highlights the importance of promoting &quot;trustworthy
standards and, wherever possible, open source standards&quot;.</p>
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<blockquote><em>"The EU Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles
will be an important guideline to our fast pace digitalisation.
Therefore, we welcome the agreed text from the European Parliament for
acknowledging the role that Free Software has on trustworthy
technologies, specially with regard to AI. Now we expect the
ongoing-discussed AI regulation to be consistent with these
principles" says Lina Ceballos, FSFE Project Manager.
</em></blockquote>
<p> Furthermore, in Chapter VI of the agreed text named
"Sustainability", there is the commitment to support the "development
of sustainable by design digital technologies, that are durable,
repairable, and interoperable, both on a hardware and a software level,
and banning practices leading to premature obsolescence".
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<blockquote><em>"The European Parliament's call for the development of
sustainable technologies, that are durable, repairable, and
interoperable is in fact a call for the development of Free Software."
as Erik Albers, FSFE Digital Sustainability Programme Manager,
emphasizes. From here on we expect future legislations aligned to
these principles and making use of the crucial role that Free Software
plays for an eco-friendly design and the sustainability of our
hardware" </em></blockquote>
<p>The FSFE has published an <a
href="/activities/upcyclingandroid/openletter.html">open
letter</a> co-signed by meanwhile more than 45 organisations and
companies from the environmental, economic, and technological sectors.
In the letter, the broad alliance asks EU legislators for the right to
install any software on any device, including full access to hardware.
These rights support reusability and longevity of our devices.</p>
<p>The FSFE keeps monitoring the ongoing inter-institutional dialogue
trying to make sure that the Parliament proposal remains. So that the
final text of Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles can become
a milestone for software freedom.</p>
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