I am forwarding below an e-mail about a campaign by Free Software
Foundation Europe (FSFE) advocating for making software produced with
public resources available with a free and open license.
I would recommend that everybody, especially people and organizations
based in Europe, support this campaign, which I think is very close to
our movement's values.
The excellent video at https://publiccode.eu/
explains well the many
implications of using proprietary software as digital infrastructure.
Wikimedia Deutschland and Wikimedia Italia already support this campaign
(and I do, as well, personally).
In particular there is this open letter, signed by over 10,000 people
and 78 organizations (including Open Knowledge International, Creative
Commons, Debian, KDE, GNOME, La Quadrature du Net, OSI and many others):
Thanks for you time.
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Subject: Thanks to You, we're now 10,000 people strong!
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:38:38 +0000
From: FSFE <info(a)my.fsfe.org>
To: Cristian Consonni
Dear Cristian Consonni,
first of all, thank you for signing the open letter "Public Money?
Public Code!". Please find a quick update about the campaign within this
We are amazed to see that we already have more than 10,000 signatures
since we launched last week. We have received international support from
organisations like Creative Commons, Debian, Open Knowledge
International. Thanks to many volunteers who have come forth to help
bring the message to others in their native language: The website and
the open letter are now available in Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French,
German, Greek, Italian, and Turkish. We already uploaded a German
version of the video and will soon start translating and recording it
into French, Italian and Spanish.
For the German elections, we have already used your support, sending the
open letter with names and comments to over 1000 promising candidates.
In the coming months, we will file and evaluate freedom of information
requests about public spending and create material for political
decision-makers to help them in making the right choice for Free and
Open Source Software.
The feedback from you was enormously positive: We have heard from some
of you the video helped you convince family members, friends and
colleagues, to sign the open letter.
Imagine how many signatures we can have if each one of us convince three
more people to support the open letter!
So please help us to spread the word further!
Matthias Kirschner, President, Free Software Foundation Europe