The Free Software Foundation Europe Organizes its First ever Summit in Berlin

The summit coincides with the 15th anniversary of the organization.

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Free Software Foundation Europe, a non profit organization that focuses on increasing open standard and free software in government, is organizing their first summit. The summit will take place in Berlin, September 2 - 4, 2016. The Summit coincides with the 15th anniversary of the foundation.

The summit will cover three primary areas in three days. The first day (Friday) is dedicated to businesses with or around Free Software. On the second day (Saturday), the focus will be on various aspects of Free Software policies and lobbying as well as community building. The third day (Sunday) will include talks and input regarding universal access beyond code. In a nutshell, Friday is Free Software in business, Saturday is all about community and politics, and Sunday is about philosophy, universal access, and human rights. There will be a 15 years of FSFE celebration on Saturday evening.

“Apart from figuring prominently in the summit, to celebrate the organization's 15th anniversary, the FSFE is carrying out a series of campaigns to raise awareness of Free Software,” said Paul Brown, communications officer of FSFE. “One of the things they have done is publish a short animated video that explains Free Software in simple and friendly terms.”

Free and open source software is quite popular in Europe. Many open source projects have originated from Europe including KDE, Linux, SUSE Linux, systemd, Nextcloud and more. Many European governments have embraced open source and open standards.

FSFE has played a role in creating a favorable environment for free software. Very recently the FSFE managed to get legislation passed that forces ISPs to respect users choice of routers and the software they install on them. ISPs also have to support users who decide to not use the hardware they (the ISPs) provide.

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