The Free Software Pact is a simple document with which candidates can inform the voting public that they favor the development and use of Free Software, and will protect it from possible threatening EU legislation. The Free Software Pact is also a tool for citizens who value Free Software to educate candidates about the importance of Free Software and why they should, if elected, protect the European Free Software community.
Who made this possible?
Since 2007, French association April has sensitized candidates to
political elections about Free Software related issues through the
Candidats.fr initiative. The Candidats.fr
initiative was part of the presidential and legislative campaigns in
2007, and continued during the 2008 campaign for city and department
elections. Today 72 signatories are members of the French National Assembly.
Associazione per il software libero started the campaign "caro candidato" in 2006 The campaign was first updated in occasion of the 2008 political elections and further in 2009 in occasion of the Sardinia regional elections. Joining forces was a natural step for the 2 free software associations that offer their technological platform to allow the spreading of the campaign in other european nations