FSFE support for Pirate Party at EU Election on Free Software?

Karun kdambiec at fsfe.org
Mon May 13 21:50:45 UTC 2019

Personally i was not very impressed by the German pirate party. In any case there are more policies to consider and not only free software in choosing whom to vote for.

 kdambiec at fsfe.org

On Mon, 13 May 2019, at 8:04 PM, Max Mehl wrote:
> Hi Fabio,
> ~ Fabio Pietrosanti (naif) - lists [2019-05-12 19:44 +0200]:
> > i'm supporting Pirate Party (in Italy) for EU Election, i'm a strong
> > free software advocate, and in the common european pirate party program
> > 
> > (the same program in 9 EU states), there's a clear commitment on Free
> > Software and the use/production of Free Software by Public
> > Administration (100% in line with the campaign public code, public
> > money).
> That reads good, thanks for the pointer! It is motivating to see that
> more and more parties and decision-makers are picking up our goals and
> arguments for Public Money, Public Code and Free Software in general.
> > I would love to see FSFE to support that point of the program of PP
> > publicly, calling for all free software communities across europe to
> > support that trough their own communities.
> > 
> > https://wiki.ppeu.net/doku.php?id=programme:ceep2019#free_software
> > 
> > Is that something that has been considered?
> One of the FSFE's principles is to be non-partisan. That is easier said
> than done, because at the same time we don't want to generally leave
> positive (or negative) developments of political parties and actors
> uncommented.
> However, asking our community to support a specific party because of a
> positive position towards Free Software will most probably cross the
> line. Therefore, I am afraid that we cannot follow your suggestion. But
> since we sensitise people about Free Software and the importance of
> publicly funded software to be public code, it is likely that they will
> also consider parties' positions on this topic during an election.
> Best,
> Max
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