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

Heiki Lõhmus repentinus at fsfe.org
Tue May 14 11:16:27 UTC 2019

On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 02:19:07PM +0200, Max Mehl wrote:
> 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.

If people volunteered to review all the European party manifestos, we
could publish an analysis of how good the various policy proposals are
for software freedom and user empowerment as a guide for people who
would like to factor this into their vote.

Heiki Lõhmus
Vice President
Free Software Foundation Europe
mailto:repentinus at fsfe.org
xmpp:repentinus at fsfe.org
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