Freedom not Fear is an annual meeting for civil rights activists from all across Europe. Representatives from non-governmental organisations meet in Brussels for four days to work for freedom in the digitised world. We plan action and we take action against increasing surveillance and other attacks on civil rights. We want to live in freedom, not in fear. Join us!
Everybody is welcome to take part, help organise and support Freedom not Fear 2016!

Freedom not Fear 2016
14–17 October 2016 (Friday–Monday)
Mundo B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, BXL (see on OpenStreetMap)
Video: impressions from Freedom not Fear 2013 (youtube)
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Program & schedule

Friday, 14 October: (evening) arrival, welcome, keynote with discussion, get-together
Saturday & Sunday: BarCamp, talks, workshops, networking, outdoor action
Monday, 17 October: meetings with Members of the European Parliament
Note: the schedule is work in progress, the latest version can be found in the Freedom not Fear wiki.

Take part in Freedom not Fear 2016

Freedom not Fear is self-organized and free, and you do not have to register. But thanks to Julia Reda, Jan Philipp Albrecht and Joe Weidenholzer you can apply for travel allowances – please use the Englisch form or the German form. Questions? Check the Freedom not Fear wiki and website or email us: contact [at] freedomnotfear [dot] org .

Freedom not Fear 2016 is looking forward to your ideas, your campaign, your workshop: Tell us what you or your NGO have been doing on a certain topic. Join us in Brussels, it’s easy and we also try to help you with accommodation and such.
Good to know: You can also ask your Member of Parliament if he or she is willing to fund your travel. In 2014 we made a How-To about contacting them.

Join us and help organise!

We’d be happy to have your helping hand to organise Freedom not Fear 2016 in Brussels! If you are active on civil rights issues (or you want to get active) we warmly invite you to join us to help us grow and work together. Last year there were about 60 attendees from about 15 different countries and over the last years, Freedom not Fear has constantly grown larger.

  1. Join our e-mailing list: akv-international [at] listen.akvorrat [dot] org.
  2. Spread the word and tell everybody about Freedom not Fear 2016 – Twitter: @fnf_eu and/tag #fnf16
  3. Hold a session, give a talk, a workshop or any other input. Go ahead and put it in the Freedom not Fear wiki.
  4. Arrange a meeting with your Member of Parliament (details below).
  5. We are looking for an organiser for a mass accomodation where Freedom not Fear participants can stay. (It would be helpful if this person speaks French.) More information: contact [at] freedomnotfear [dot] org

Arrange a meeting with your Member of Parliament

On Monday, 17th October we will meet Members of the European Parliament to discuss current topics of data protection, surveillance, net neutrality and many more. If you want to arrange a meeting with an MEP, you should write an e-mail, wait a few days and if you don’t get any answer, call them directly. Use our prepared letter.
Note: Please check the Freedom not Fear schedule for Monday when you arrange a meeting.

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