[FSFE PR][EN] Swedish activist receives Nordic Free Software Award 2011

Free Software Foundation Europe press at fsfeurope.org
Mon Nov 14 10:33:26 CET 2011

= Swedish activist receives Nordic Free Software Award 2011 = 

[Read online: http://fsfe.org/news/2011/news-20111114-01.en.html ]

Erik Josefsson is the winner of the Nordic Free Software Award 2011.
With the award, the Swedish Foundation for Free Culture and Free
Software (FFKP) honours Josefsson for his achievements as a campaigner
for freedom in the information society.

"We are proud to honour Erik for the tremendously important work he has
done over the past ten years", says FFKP [1] Executive Director Jonas
Öberg. "Erik has an exceptional ability to understand and explain the
link between policy and technology. We are hugely grateful for his work.
He is an inspiration to all of us."

From a career as a professional double-bass player, Josefsson gradually
moved to full-time activism for freedom in the information society. He
founded the Swedish Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure
(FFII Sweden) in 2004. Listed among Sweden's 30 most influential people
during the European debate about software patents in 2005, Josefsson is
among Europe's foremost defenders of software freedom.

As an activist in Brussels, Josefsson was instrumental in getting the
European Parliament to reject the Software Patent Directive in 2005.
More recently, he prevented the EU from passing a law to cut off
people's Internet access without due process, and is currently
campaigning against ACTA. [1]

Josefsson currently works as an adviser on Internet policies for the
Green/EFA Group in the European Parliament. He is busy building tools
such as ParlTrack [2] that make the Parliament's processes transparent
to citizens. "This information holds real power", says Henrik Sandklef,
Vice President of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). [3]
"Understanding how the Parliament works is very important for the Free
Software movement. Erik does a great job of explaining software freedom
to politicians, and helping freedom campaigners to understand Europe's
power structure."

Every year since 2007, FFKP [4] has used the Nordic Free Software Award
to honour people, projects and organisations in the Nordic countries
that have made a prominent contribution to the advancement of Free
Software. Previous winners of the award are Bjarní Runar Einarsson
(2010), Simon Josefsson and Daniel Stenberg (2009), Mats Östling (2008),
and the Skolelinux project (2007).

 1. http://en.act-on-acta.eu/
 2. http://parltrack.euwiki.org/
 3. http://fsfe.org
 4. http://ffkp.se

== Press contact ==

  Jonas Öberg
    Executive Director, FFKP
    Email: jonas at ffkp.se
    Phone: +46 31 780 21 61

== About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==
  The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
  non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
  involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
  participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
  the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
  Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
  furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
  modify and copy. Founded in 2001, 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 FSFE.


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