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Alexander Sander

Alexander has studied politics in Marburg, Germany, later was an MEP Assistant in Brussels for three years, and the General Manager of Digitale Gesellschaft e.V., in Berlin, for four years. Furthermore, he is the founder of NoPNR!, a campaign against the retention of travel data. He is also Member of the Advisory Board of the ZMI Gießen and the Initiative gegen Totalüberwachung. He joined the Free Software Foundation Europe in 2018 as EU Public Policy Programme Manager.

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COVID-19 Hackathons: only Free Software creates global solutions

By Alexander Sander on 04/05/20 12:10

By Guest Author Alexander Sander, EU Policy Manager @ FSFE

Currently we see a lot of hackathons to find tools that help tackle the crisis of pandemic COVID-19. More and more governments and administrations are hosting or funding such hackathons. To make sure that the results of these hackathons can be used globally and adapted locally - that the software can be used, studied, shared and improved everywhere - the FSFE asks to publish the outcomes under a Free Software licence.

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Public Money? Public Code!

By Alexander Sander on 06/11/19 12:28

By Guest Author Alexander Sander, EU Policy Manager @ FSFE and speaker @ Open Source Lisbon 2019

Digital services offered and used by our public administrations are the critical infrastructure of 21st century democratic states. In order to establish trustworthy systems, public bodies must ensure they have full control over the software and the computer systems at the core of our state digital infrastructure.
Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives; and it is important that this technology empowers rather than restricts us.

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