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<h1 id="broad-alliance-demands-digitization-must-serve-social-and-ecological-change">Broad alliance demands: Digitization must serve social and ecological change</h1>
<p>
A broad alliance of 13 organisations from the fields of environmental
protection, digital policy, development cooperation and academia
publishes a catalog of demands to show political solutions towards a
more sustainable digital society. This as a prelude to the upcoming
conference for digitization and sustainability &quot;Bits &amp;
Bäume&quot;.
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<p>
A broad alliance of 13 organizations from the fields of environmental
protection and nature conservation, digital policy, development
cooperation and academia demands: Digitization must be at the service
of society and social and ecological change. This is what the
organizations are calling for at the forthcoming conference on
digitization and sustainability <a href="https://bits-und-baeume.org/">&quot;Bits &amp; Bäume&quot;</a>,
which will take place from September 30 to October 2, 2022 in Berlin.
Today, the same organizations publish a catalog of demands that show
political solutions towards a more sustainable digital society.
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alt="Wind turbines on a field" />
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Global access to technology and in service of society is a
pre-condition for a sustainable future. Free Software is crucial
for that.
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<p>
Digital technologies are double-edged. It is becoming increasingly
clear how digital technologies are contributing to the increasing
demand for resources worldwide and how facilitate monopolization
tendencies across sectors. On the other hand, with use of Free
Software, they can also help contributing to equal access and
participation in technologies and help improving living conditions
and environmental protection worldwide.
</p>
<p>
The organizations demand that politics align the strategic framework
for digitization with the needs for nature, climate and resource
protection and the preservation of biodiversity. Along with this,
digitization must support a globally fair and sustainable economic
system that enables everyone to participate while actively involving
local communities and civil society groups in shaping the global
digital economy and politics.
</p>
<p>
The big questions of digitization are discussed, including social
participation, socio-ecological transformation, food sovereignty,
economic order, common goods and a global peace order. Free Software
comes as a basic technology for the demands made by the alliance
because it is decisive for the longevity and reusability of hardware,
gives users control over their technology and because it guarantees
legally secure international cooperation and reuse while at the same
time allowing local adaptation.
</p>
<p>
The demands form the prelude to the forthcoming conference for
digitization and sustainability <a href="https://bits-und-baeume.org/">“Bits &amp; Bäume”</a>, which
will take place from September 30 to October 2, 2022 in Berlin. The
FSFE is part of the organisational committee, thus co-organiser. <a href="https://bits-und-baeume.org/en/conference-2022/program/">The
program</a> that has just been published offers exciting topics
related to Free Software and the commons, and <a href="https://bits-und-baeume.org/en/conference-2022/tickets/">ticket
sales</a> have started.
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<h2 id="more-on-the-subject-">More on the subject</h2>
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<li>
As shown in our recent <a href="/freesoftware/sustainability/sustainability.html">Study on
the sustainability of Free Software</a>, the access and use of Free
Software is crucial to the longevity of hardware. The longer we use
this hardware, the fewer resources we need to produce new hardware.
</li>
<li>
<p>
Our <a href="/activities/upcyclingandroid/">Upcycling Android
Initiative</a> helps users to take back control of their phones
and use their phones longer.
</p>
</li>
<li>
<p>
International development cooperation is also increasingly
benefiting from the sustainability of Free Software. As shown in
our <a href="/freesoftware/developmentcooperation/developmentcooperation.html">article</a>,
Free Software is an indispensable basic technology that ensures
legally secure international cooperation and reuse and enables
global scaling with simultaneous local customization options.
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