Welcome to the Free Software Foundation Europe stand!

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a charity that empowers users to control technology.

Free Software Foundation Europe @ FOSDEM

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Meet FSFE's team, get informed about our activities, and ask us anything!

About us

Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to control technology.

Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives. It is important that this technology empowers rather than restricts us. Free Software gives everybody the rights to use, understand, adapt and share software. These rights help support other fundamental rights like freedom of speech, freedom of press and privacy.

Want to know more? Here's our mission, our activities, and how you can become part of all this.

Join our Devroom and Talks

This year at FOSDEM, the FSFE is co-organiser of the renowned Legal and Policy Devroom. We are excited and look forward to presenting you an interesting programme throughout the whole weekend.

FOSDEM's Legal and Policy Issues Devroom addresses important Free Software related policy and legal topics. Our community has substantial expertise in this area yet there are few venues to discuss these matters in a forum open to all. Hackers, developers, contributors, lawyers, policy experts, and community leaders all possess expertise in these matters. At the Legal and Policy Issues Devroom we come together for a fruitful exchange on these questions.

Special recommendations: watch the talks by our Max Mehl about easy licensing and copyright of code on Saturday at 15:45, and by our Lucas Lasota about Router Freedom and Net Neutrality on Sunday at 15:30.


Get Your Gear!

Do you miss wandering around FOSDEM stands and equipping yourself with merchandise and information material? We can't offer you the real experience, but you don't need to wait for next year! Browse and order our stickers, flyer and posters and check out new and classic shirts and branded items.

Welcome to the Free Software Foundation Europe stand

Free Software Foundation Europe in 2021

In the past year, we have made remarkable progress in a number of our activities. Some examples:

  • Promotion of the principle Public Money? Public Code! to decision-makers in politics and public administrations. It's a powerful framework and open for participation and collaboration.
  • Making Free Software licensing and copyright easy for developers with REUSE. Now, it's simpler than ever before to declare conditions for reuse of your software.
  • Helping to shape the future of the internet through the EU NGI-0 initiative.

Read the complete overview of our activities in 2020 – but take some time, it's been a lot! :)