[FSFE PR][EN] Free Software Foundation Europe Summit 2016 – Not a tech conference

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 = Free Software Foundation Europe Summit 2016 – Not a tech conference =

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/2016/news-20160804-01.en.html ]

Free Software advocates from all over Europe will be meeting in Berlin
from the 2nd to the 4th of September at the FSFE Summit 2016. Apart from
working on furthering the adoption of Free Software in Europe, we will
also be celebrating the FSFE's 15th anniversary.

One of the main missions of the Free Software community in general, and
the FSFE in particular, is to put users back into the driver's seat, and
have the people control technology and not the other way around.

So, even though this conference has the word "software" in its name,
this is not a tech conference 1[1] as such. It is more a conference on
how we are going to shape the world of tech, indeed, how we are going to
try and shape the lives of computer, smartphone, and Internet users

This may seem like a lofty goal, but during its 15 years of existence,
the FSFE has been instrumental in a successful antitrust case against a
big software corporation[2] that intended to dominate the market of
personal computers; we have managed to keep software from being
patentable in Europe[3], avoiding a veritable apocalypse for small and
medium-sized tech companies; and we have worked alongside gpl-
violations.org to get free licenses enforced in German courts of law[4],
setting a ground-breaking precedent for the whole of the EU.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the FSFE has transformed the
foundations of IT and that we have had a deep, positive impact on
anybody who has sat in front of a computer, used a phone, or played on a
tablet in the last decade or so.

Each year, the number of members in our community grows, as does our
influence. We now reach not only developers, but also academics,
aficionados, lawyers, artists, marketers, businesspeople, and

So, if you missed our prior events, we would like to invite you to
attend the FSFE Summit 2016[5]. We look forward to welcoming you and
remain at your disposal to help you organise your visit to our event.

As part of our pre-event awareness campaign, we are also mobilising our
community in your area. If you would like to talk to the people that run
the local/national teams in your country/region/city and see how they
have made a difference, contact us so we can help you get in touch with

1. Note that if you are also interested in bleeding edge high technology
   development, the FSFE Summit will be held as a part of QtCon[6]. This
   event brings together developers from several Free Software
   communities who are hard at work re-shaping human-facing interfaces.
   As a member of the press, you will also have free access to the whole
   of QtCon. ↩[7]

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 1. https://fsfe.org/#fn1
 2. https://fsfe.org/activities/ms-vs-eu/ms-vs-eu.en.html
 3. https://fsfe.org/campaigns/swpat/swpat.en.html
 4. https://fsfe.org/activities/ftf/activities.en.html
 5. https://fsfe.org/community/events/2016/summit/frontpage.en.html
 6. https://qtcon.org/
 7. https://fsfe.org/#fnref1

  == 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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