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<h1>Software freedom in Europe 2019</h1>

<p newsteaser="yes"><em>&quot;Software freedom in Europe&quot;</em> is the yearly report of the Free Software Foundation Europe e.V. (FSFE). In one document, it gives you a breakdown of important things the FSFE has done and achieved during the last 12 months. Among many other interesting stories, in the 2019 report you will read about our ongoing fight for router freedom in Europe, about the first Parliament in Europe who joins our &quot;Public Money? Public Code!&quot; campaign, about our new version of REUSE tools to help Free Software developers with easy license compliance and about much more of our multi-faceted policy work - all together aiming at a world in that users are in control of technology!</p>
<p newsteaser="yes"><em>&quot;Software freedom in Europe&quot;</em> is the yearly report of the Free Software Foundation Europe e.V. (FSFE). In one document, it gives you a breakdown of important things the FSFE has done and achieved during the last 12 months. Among many other interesting stories, in the 2019 report you will read about our ongoing work for router freedom in Europe, about the first Parliament in Europe who joins our &quot;Public Money? Public Code!&quot; campaign, about our new version of REUSE tools to help Free Software developers with easy license compliance and about much more of our multi-faceted policy work - all together aiming at a world in that users are in control of technology!</p>

<p><strong>Besides our policy work and projects, we also shine light on our community and its members because only together with our community, the FSFE forms a movement across Europe to build a society based on users' and software freedom. We report about the events that we participated and organised, from policy meetings to our web-a-thons. We finish with some numbers of our outreach-sections and an outlook into the next year.</strong></p>

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<h2 id="sustainability">Sustainability of Software</h2>

<p>At the FSFE we highly appreciate an ever growing interest in the topic of software sustainability. We have been participating with talks and a booth in the biggest conference so far that aimed at bringing together environmental communities and digital rights communities, called <a href="https://bits-und-baeume.org/">"Bits &amp; Bäume"</a>. On several other occasions and conferences we have been given presentations about the sustainability of software and as one of the main organisers of the <a href="https://events.ccc.de/camp/2019/wiki/Village:About:freedom">about:freedom cluster</a> at the Chaos Communication Camp, we merged for the first time digital rights and sustainability groups. You can see one of these talks <a href="https://peertube.social/videos/watch/02f2666a-452a-47c9-a4b9-7c1d3a4b627b">about the sustainability of software</a> (DE) on our peertube-account.</p>
<p>We have been participating with talks and a booth in the biggest conference so far that aimed at bringing together environmental communities and digital rights communities, called <a href="https://bits-und-baeume.org/">"Bits &amp; Bäume"</a>. On several other occasions and conferences we have been given presentations about the sustainability of software and as one of the main organisers of the <a href="https://events.ccc.de/camp/2019/wiki/Village:About:freedom">about:freedom cluster</a> at the Chaos Communication Camp, we merged for the first time digital rights and sustainability groups.</p>

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<img src="/picturebase/events/201908-CCcamp-about-freedom-talk_800pxl.jpeg" alt="Session inside the about:freedom cluster during the Chaos Communication Camp." />
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<p>In the last 12 months we sold over 1100 shirts and hoodies among which our <a href="https://fsfe.org/order#tshirt-nocloud-black">"There is NO CLOUD"</a>, our <a href="https://fsfe.org/order#tshirt-pmpc-black">“Public Money? Public Code!”</a> and our <a href="https://fsfe.org/order#zipped-fsfs-black">zipped Hoodies</a> have been the most popular items. </p>

<h2 id="outlook">Looking forward</h2>
<p>New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced to concretise her European digital agenda after her first 100 days in office, in particular "legislation on the human and ethical implications of artificial intelligence". Also we expect an Open Source Strategy by the European Commission. The FSFE will keep a close eye on these proposals to guarantee a safe environment for Free Software in Europe. We will further focus on advocating for router freedom in Europe to help people stay in control of their technology and explain European decision makers the dangers of locking down devices with the European Radio Lockdown Directive.</p>

<p>New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced to concretise her European digital agenda after her first 100 days in office, in particular "legislation on the human and ethical implications of artificial intelligence". But among other proposals, we also expect more details about the planned updates to the E-Commerce Directive into a new "Digital Services Act" and the Network and Information Security Directive (NISD). The FSFE will keep a close eye on these proposals to guarantee a safe environment for Free Software in Europe. </p>
<p>To <strong>help decision-makers better understand the impact Free Software has</strong> on security and digital sustainability, we are preparing analyses of these topics and their connection with Free Software. To help with our research you can already take part in a limesurvey regarding <a href="https://survey.fsfe.org/853518">Free Software and IT security</a>. For our research on digital sustainability we will keep working together with the German ministry of environment and other organisations that will help us addressing this issue on European level.</p>

<p>To <strong>help decision-makers better understand the impact Free Software</strong> has on security and digital sustainability, we are preparing in-depth analyses of these topics and their connection with Free Software. To help with our research you can already take part in a limesurvey regarding <a href="https://survey.fsfe.org/853518">Free Software and IT security</a>. For our research on digital sustainability we will keep working together with the Germany ministry of environment on researching power-consumption of Free and non-Free Software as well as keep merging together sustainability communities and Free Software communities in our about:freedom clusters during the Chaos Communication events. Also we will address this issue European wide.</p>
<p>On November 15 to 17 there will be <a href="/news/2019/news-20190927-01.html">this year&#39;s FSFE community meeting</a>. If you missed it so far, we still welcome your participation. Also preparations are already running for our annual legal conference, the "Legal Licensing Workshop" (LLW), as well as for our web-a-thons and hack-a-thons. And, besides our own events, <strong>we will of course be present again at various Free Software related events</strong>, from FOSDEM to FrOSCon, from SFSCon to BalCCon to the Chaos Communication Congress as well as many more all over Europe.</p>

<p>We will further focus on advocating for router freedom in Europe to help people stay in control of their technology and explain European decision makers the dangers of locking down devices with the European Radio Lockdown Directive.</p>
<p>Last but not least, in 2020 the FSFE will continue with our public awareness campaigns and our political advocating, provide our expertise, and provide resources to enable everyone to further promote Free Software in Europe information. We also just introduced <a href="/news/podcast/episode-1.html">our new Software Freedom Podcast</a> that we will continue working on and deliver interesting insights into Free Software with diverse guests once a month. </p>

<p>On November 15 to 17 there will be <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2019/news-20190927-01.en.html">this year's FSFE community meeting</a>. If you missed it so far, we still welcome your participation. Also preparations are already running for our annual legal conference, the "Legal Licensing Workshop" (LLW), as well as for our web-a-thons and hack-a-thons. And, besides our own events, <strong>we will of course be present again at various Free Software related events</strong>, from FOSDEM to BalCCon to the Chaos Communication Congress. </p>
<p><strong>All this work during the last 12 months would not be possible without our contributors and our financial supporters; thank you to all of you.</strong></p>

<p>Last but not least, in 2020 the FSFE will again run public awareness campaigns and continue our political advocating, provide our expertise, and produce promotion material and explanatory videos. We also just introduced <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/podcast/episode-1.html">our new Software Freedom Podcast</a> that we will continue working on and deliver interesting insights into Free Software with international guests once a month. </p>
<p>To achieve our goals for the upcoming months we need you: Please <a href="/contribute/">contribute as a volunteer</a> or <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">support us financially</a> to ensure that our message is heard in as many diverse parts of our society as possible.</p>

<p>To achieve our goals, we base our work and form our movement with the help of our community and friends, who ensure that our message gets out and is heard in as many diverse parts of our society as possible. If you would like to join our cause, <a href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/">contribute</a> or <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">support us financially</a>. </p>

<p><strong>On this occasion, we like to send a big thank you to our community: all the contributors, as well as our financial supporters, and donors who made the work of the FSFE possible during the last 12 months.</strong></p>

<p>Thank you so much &lt;3</p>
<p>Thank you so much,</p>

<p><strong>Your Free Software Foundation Europe</strong></p>

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<img src="/picturebase/events/201910-fsfe-ga-meeting-participants.jpg" alt="Participants at the FSFE's General Assembly 2019" />

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