Freedom Not Fear 2016

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This is the page to coordinate the European Freedom not Fear weekend in Brussels, 14–17 October 2016 (Fri–Mon).

Important: Helpers wanted!

Please add yourself if you are interested in helping us out! If you do not know how to edit this page or how to acquire the rights to do so, contact Friedemann and Sebastian (see below and de-obfuscate Sebastian’s e-mail address before use)

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Join us: Freedom not Fear 2016


Decisions taken in Brussels impact our every-day lives. The EU is passing disproportionate governmental surveillance measures. Therefore, the Freedom not Fear conference in Brussels is a place where civil rights activists meet to discuss change. We invite you to join us for about three days of discussions, networking, protest & meetings with activists & politicians. We say NO to surveillance, data retention and PNR and demand the respect of our fundamental rights in the digital environment. Read our full list of demands from 2014.

Costs and application

Freedom Not Fear Brussels is for free and you don't have to register – just come, join and participate! FNF Brussels is non-profit, non-commercial and organised by volunteers who are working for free. This is only possible, when people help organise!

However, if you have to travel to Brussels, and can't afford the costs for transportation, hotel and meals: There are travel subsidies from the European Parliament, thanks to the MEP's Julia Reda, Jan Philipp Albrecht and Joe Weidenholzer. If you want to apply for these, please register here.

UPDATE: The registration period for travel allowances is over, we also cannot accept waitlist registrations anymore. However, there might be free places in case of cancellations of other participants. Ask Detlev (, who is in charge of the travel allowances) during the weekend!

When and where?


14–17 October 2016 (Friday–Monday).

Freedom Not Fear starts on Friday evening. The official ending of the meeting shall be on Sunday evening, but there will be some more "action" on Monday, 17 October, as some people want to organize some meetings with people from the EU Commission and Parliament.


Since 2011, FNF takes place at “Mundo B”, Rue d'Edimbourg 26. Mundo B ist the home of some non-governmental organisations and a very lovely place with lots of space for our meeting.

More international events besides Brussels

… more soon


Mailing list

The international AK Vorrat mailing list is being used to talk about everything that needs to be discussed concerning "Freedom Not Fear". 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.


FNF wouldn't work without all the organizations supporting us! Thanks to all of you!


Schedule (timetable)

Freedom not Fear 2016 is a BarCamp / conference – there will be space for your spontaneous session as well as for pre-organised ones. Help us organise! If you have an idea, mention it on the Schedule page.

  • 14 Oct 2016 (Fri): Arriving, first meeting
  • 15 Oct 2016 (Sat): Slots for networking, lectures and workshops
  • 16 Oct 2016 (Sun): Slots for networking, lectures and workshops, outside action
  • 17 Oct 2016 (Mon): Morning: Official visit at the European Parliament (only for MEP visitors group)
  • 17 Oct 2016 (Mon): from noon: Meetings with politicians (self-organised!)
  • How-To organize a Monday meeting in the parliament

Travelling and accommodation

Generally, travel and accommodation will have to be organised autonomously. But there is the option to organise some mass accomodation or participate in an coordinated journey.

Mass accommodation

We are searching for a person to take care of organising a mass accommodation. If you are such a person, please contact us at .

Digitalcourage coordinated journey

… more information here soon

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