Freedom Not Fear 2011/Brussels

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We say NO to data retention and PNR and we call for immediate measures and regulation of net neutrality.
We say NO to data retention and PNR and we call for immediate measures and regulation of net neutrality.
[ Full list of demands]
= When? =
= When? =

Revision as of 14:15, 21 August 2011

This is the page to co-ordinate the European Freedom not Fear weekend in Brussels in September 2011.


Join us: Freedom not Fear 2011 in Brussels

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 will not take this any longer. Let's carry our protest into the capital of the EU!

We invite you to join us for three days of:

  • protest (Saturday, 17 September 2011)
  • networking (Sunday, 18 September 2011) and
  • debate with Members of the European Parliament and EU Commission staff (Monday, 19 September 2011).

Let us get together, meet friends from other parts of Europe and tell the EU that we won't take that continuous erosion of our fundamental rights any longer.


"Freedom not fear 2011 - Defending fundamental rights in our networked world"

We say NO to data retention and PNR and we call for immediate measures and regulation of net neutrality.

Full list of demands


17. - 19. September 2011 (Saturday till Monday)


In Brussels, Belgium.


We would like to offer something more than only have a from-the-heart-coming protest march around Brussels. We will combine the protest march with a day of networking and a day of lobbying politicians and bureaucrats responsible for the rules and directives we are complaining about. That will give us a chance to exchange thoughts and concerns directly. And it could open our minds and horizons about what is happening in Brussels exactly.

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

Saturday - day of protest

  • arriving (if not possible on Friday)
  • preparation
  • protest march
  • spend a nice evening together

More information about Saturday, the day of protest

Saturday evening - Software Freedom Day - Ubuntu keysigning party

Together with some brussels Ubuntu users we are considering having a keysigning party in the evening in the context of the Software Freedom Day.

Sunday - day of networking

Call it a barcamp or not - on Sunday we will have space and time for:

  • workshops
  • lectures, speeches
  • meetings on special topics (data retention, pnr, net-neutrality, acta)
  • handicrafs
  • pieces of culture (music, film ...)

More information about Sunday, the day of networking/barcamp

Monday - day of discussion

Meeting and discussing with politicians and bureaucrats in charge.

More information about Monday, the day of discussion/lobbying

Monday evening - Brucon Closing Party

On Monday evening, there will be a closing party at the Havana Bar in Brussels, from 10pm onwards, and join folks from BruCON.

Line-up: - Joernchen of Phonoelit ( - Mumpi of Phonoelit ( - Keith Myers (

Cheers, BruCON crew!


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 [BXL] into the subject-line of any e-mail to make clear that its content belongs to this topic.


Contact via e-mail: info(at)

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


Account: fnf11bxl

Tags: #fnf #fnf11bxl

Press contact

Please contact us at info(at)


Have a look at the list of supporting groups.


The central material site contains:

Traveling and accomodation

Find support in coming to Brussels and finding a place to sleep here.

Side events

Software Freedom day

Saturday, 17th of September is Software Freedom Day. We are thinking about having a keysigning party at the evening.

SFD is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business -- in short, everywhere! The non-profit organization Software Freedom International coordinates SFD at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD events to impact their own communities.

Brucon conference

There is also the hacker / IT security conference BRUCON ("Hacking for b33r") in BXL on Monday and Tuesday after our weekend.


If you would like to support our undertaking, we are happy about every single cent donated. We promise to spend the money very carefully, not for our time and work but only for material and hardware.

Information on where and how to donate.

If you like to donate especially for this event, please use the keyword "Freedom not Fear Brussels" or shorter "FNF11BXL" in your bank transfer

Find an overview what we are expecting to spend here. (You need to register for having a look at that wiki page. Anonymous registration is possible.)




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