[FSFE PR][EN] FSFE welcomes three new members from Austria
Free Software Foundation Europe
press at fsfeurope.org
Wed Mar 24 18:45:07 CET 2004
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Essen/Wien, Wednesday March 24th, 2004
FSFE welcomes three new members from Austria
(Essen/Wien) Three Free Software activists from Austria join Free
Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).
After years of successful cooperation through their membership in the
"Verein zur Förderung Freier Software" (FFS), Austria's associate
organization of the FSF Europe, Georg Jakob, Karin Kosina and Reinhard
Müller have now officially joined the ranks of the FSFE.
"Joining the FSF Europe was a logical and important step, something
the FFS has been aiming to build capacity for from its first days,"
says Georg Jakob, current president of the FFS. "Being part of the
European Union, Austria is not only strongly influenced by European
politics, we also feel this is the right step as we've always seen
ourselves as Europeans as well as Austrians."
"The most important threats we are currently facing, such as software
patents, cannot be dealt with on a national scale alone. European
cooperation is necessary. We are confident that this cooperation,
which has proved its effectiveness many times already, will increase
even more through the integration of Austrian representatives into
the FSF Europe core team," Karin Kosina continues.
"Working together across language, cultural and political barriers is
sometimes a very challenging task, but also one that is very
rewarding," says Georg Greve, president of the FSF Europe. "Seeing
the network grow is both exciting and promising. We hope that others
will also feel the desire to build cooperation across all borders and
get active within the FSF Europe."
Having seen a constantly growing group of permanent and occasional
volunteers, this brings the amount of fully represented countries in
the FSF Europe up to five, with more to be expected.
About the Free Software Foundation Europe
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF Europe) is a charitable
non-governmental organization dedicated to all aspects of Free
Software in Europe. Access to software determines who may participate
in a digital society. Therefore the freedoms to use, copy, modify and
redistribute software - as described in the Free Software definition -
allow equal participation in the information age. Creating awareness
for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and
giving people freedom by supporting development of Free Software are
central issues of the FSF Europe, which was founded in 2001 as the
European sister organization of the Free Software Foundation in the
Georg C. F. Greve <greve at fsfeurope.org>
Georg Jakob <jakob at fsfeurope.org>
Karin Kosina <kosina at fsfeurope.org>
Reinhard Müller <mueller at fsfeurope.org>
Further contact information available at
About the Verein zur Förderung Freier Software (FFS)
The "Verein zur Förderung Freier Software" (FFS) was founded in
2001 as a non-profit organization to complement the existing
international organizations in attending to users and developers of
Free Software in Austria. Apart from the participation in various
projects for the support of Free Software in the private, business,
and public sectors, the growing number of members also care for the
protection and improvement of the legal foundations of the
development and use of Free Software.
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