anti-establishment movements and the information age

Matthias Kirschner mk at
Tue Feb 9 08:18:39 UTC 2016

* Daniel Pocock <daniel at> [2016-02-08 11:28:01 +0100]:

> > We constantly reach out to political parties, attend their meetings, give
> > workshops, talk with staffers, etc. 
> How does this group appear in relation to others?

Sorry, I don't understand that question.

> The main thing that caught my eye is that they are unified by an
> emphasis on democracy, despite the fact that many of the people involved
> have significant differences in other policy areas.  Democracy is also
> something that is now heavily connected with digital freedom.  In
> Richard Stallman's talk the other day, he was emphasizing software
> freedom should be considered as fundamental as the right to public
> assembly or the right to vote.

Yes, I am glad Richard included that in his speeches now. See also:
- Democracy requires Free Software
  <> (16
- FSFE's mission statement <> "These
  rights help support other fundamental rights like freedom of speech,
  freedom of press and privacy."

> Has there been any effort to survey or catalog free software use in such
> groups, parties, lobbying organizations and see how it evolves over
> time?  Some are notoriously bad at it, having something to compare them
> against could be helpful.

We started once to document it for public administrations: but
not for parties, lobbying organisations, etc.

Best Regards,

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