Freedom Not Fear 2012

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This is the page to co-ordinate the European Freedom not Fear weekend in Brussels in September 2012.


Join us: Freedom not Fear 2012

European policy making is affecting our every day lives and civil liberties more and more. The EU is increasingly imposing unnecessary and disproportionate governmental surveillance measures on us. We are not willing to take this any longer.

Therefore we invite you to join us for about three days of

  • discussions
  • networking
  • protest
  • meetings with politicians


"Freedom not fear 2012 - Defending fundamental rights in our networked world"

We say NO to data retention and PNR and the respect of our fundamental rights in the digital environment.

Full list of demands

When and where?


From 14. - 17. September 2012 (Friday till Monday).

We are starting in the afternoon of Friday afternoon, having one meeting room on our own from 1 pm.

The official ending of the meeting shall be on Sunday evening, but there will be some more "action" on Monday, September 17, as some people want to organize some meetings with people from the EU Commission and Parliament.

There is an offer to participate in a visitors Group by German NGO "FoeBuD" on Monday. You can get a travel allowance. Travel allowance See at the FoeBuD-Shop. If you want to join and visit the European Parlament with MEP Jan Philip Albrecht please contact


We have booked some rooms in the "Mundo B" at Rue d'Edimbourg 26, where we had some wonderful days at Freedom not fear 2011.

It's the home of some non-governmental organisations and a very lovely place with lots of space for our meeting.


The international mailing list is for those who'd like to take part in discussions about all topics of "digital rights" all over Europe.

But you can contact us also via E-mail and Twitter.

Mailing list

The international AK Vorrat mailing list is being used to talk about everything that needs to be discussed. The list is open to everyone, the list language is English. Please insert the tag [FNF] into the subject-line of any e-mail to make clear that its content belongs to this topic.


Contact via e-mail: info(at) (pgp-key)

(Members of this e-mail distribution list are Werner, Kirsten, Marius, Tobias, Katta, Frank, LJ, Marine, Christiana, Charles, Wim, Michael.)


Account: fnf11bxl

Tags: #fnf #fnf12


There is a blog for the international event of Freedom not fear:

Press contact

Please contact us at info(at)

Find some press material at our press site.







Support / Help


Electronic Frontier Foundation supports our action accompanying our event with a series of articles.



We need some, we need your help to make FNF happen.

Please have look at our Organizing/ToDo/Help-needed!" Wiki page.

Please do not forget: Everything ist being done voluntarily and for free and we are no professionals.


We would like to offer time & space to exchange thoughts and concerns directly. As we believe, networking beyond borders is becoming more and more important; therefore this "event" shall provide an opportunity to get citizen initiatives from different countries together.

We will thus have four days of "Freedom not fear" in Brussels:

  • 14.9.2012 (Friday): Arriving, first meeting
  • 15.9.2012 (Saturday): Slots of networking, lectures and talks in the morning, protest/demonstration in the afternoon
  • 16.9.2012 (Sunday): Slots of networking, lectures and talks
  • 17.9.2012 (Monday): Meetings with politicians (self-organized!)

Schedule (timetable)

Find the Schedule for the three days and Mundo here and feel free to add your personal input.

The following is only a graphical overview, a pre-version without obligation:

What's going on these days?

Proposed topics

  • Data retention
  • Privacy and security research
  • eCall
  • eCommerce
  • Video surveillance, INDECT, SAPIENT
  • Passenger name record - state of affairs
  • Horizon2020

Confirmed topics

This is a unstructured and fragmentary collection of already known topics, meetings and events at fnf12-days (structure is here):

  • Discussing & organizing an European civil initiative against Data Retention, according to European Right (organized by Patrick & FoeBuD)
  • Surveillance in mega-events (organised by Kasia, EDRi)
  • Discussions about and work on European Data Protection Regulation (organized by Ralf)
  • Workshop: How to lobby the EU (organised by Kirsten)
  • WTF, 1001 consultations on Net Neutrality!1!11 We're writing 1001 answers to the Commission (organised by Kirsten)
  • Meeting of the 'Freedom Not Fear Surveillance Working Group' (organized by International NO CCTV Working Group)

Walk of Protest

Saturday, 15-Sep-2012, 11am-1pm

More information: Wikisite for walk of protest.


--> Schedule (timetable)

Traveling and accommodation

We have collected some information to make getting to Brussels easier and to help you find some cheap accommodations.

Generally, accommodation has to be organized autonomously. But don't hesitate to ask in case of you have a problem.

Also, you can ask German NGO "FoeBuD". Thanks to funding from MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, they are organzing a trip to Brussels with accommodation and partial reimbursement of travel expenses. They will visit the EU-Parliament on Monday and they will have a room to invite people from the Parliament and/or the Commission. Don't hesitate to ask them; it's an really easy way and everybody can join! Please see the info. and order your trip to Brussels via the FoeBuD-Online-Shop. Tip: Don't forget to provide the data required for entry to the Parliament on the "Comments" section of your order.

Car-free sunday

Important note:

On Sunday, 16-Sep-2012 Brussels celebrates it's Car-free day: There is no use of cars and trucks allowed from 9am to 7pm in a big area of the town.

Find more information here at the official website or here and here.

The good point is: Metro, tram and bus are for free all the time. :)

Car Sharing / Lifts

This is a place for participants to arrange their trip to Brussels together.


  • To and from Frankfurt/Main (Germany), contact julia . reda [at] junge - piraten . de
  • Osnabrück/Münster/Bielefelde (DE) <-> Brussels katta [at] vorratsdatenspeicherung [dot] de


  • Ruhrgebiet -> Brussels, Saturday morning at around 8:30; back on Monday afternoon. (Lara: l0ara [at] web[dot]de )


FNF International

There are some more events in other countries/continents:

Subpages and Archive

What came out of it


Here is an etherpad to collect positive and negative feedback.

Session slides

Thanks for everybody who gave input to FNF12!

Here are presentation slides from some of the lectures/workshops:

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