Free Software and IT security - your feedback

Max Mehl max.mehl at
Wed Oct 9 10:26:32 UTC 2019

Dear all,

(Some of you might have received this mail personally already)

People often say, Free Software is more secure than proprietary
software. But what may be the reasons? And is that actually true? We try
to answer these and more questions in the following weeks, and you can
contribute a great part with only 10 minutes of your time today.

In a survey, we would like to ask you to share your opinion on various
statements on IT security-related questions, rate different
argumentations and approaches the FSFE could use, and share information
we might have missed. Everyone is welcome to participate, no matter
which level of knowledge about Free Software, IT security or
programming. The survey takes ~10 minutes on average to be completed.

Apart from this survey, we interview experts in different connected
fields and discuss in different teams and working groups. Our goal is to
have a more clear and defined position, and to help people understand
the influence of Free Software on IT security.

The whole activity aims to answer the following broad questions:

  1. What is the state of security in Free Software?
  2. How can security in Free Software and its projects be improved?
  3. How can Free Software contribute to security and safety in our

Your participation in the survey will help us understand the perception
of this topic within the FSFE community, and enable us to concentrate on
specific arguments and questions.

Thank you for your time!

Best regards,

Max Mehl - Programme Manager - Free Software Foundation Europe
Contact and information: | @mxmehl
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