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


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:

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

When and where?

From 17. - 19. September 2011 (Saturday till Monday) in Brussels, Belgium.

Find more detailed informations on the event-pages of each day.


The international mailing list is for those ones, who like to take part on 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 [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) (pgp-key)

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


Account: fnf11bxl

Tags: #fnf #fnf11bxl

Press contact

Please contact us at info(at)

Via Phone:

  • Kirsten (fr/en/de) +32.477.51.98.32
  • Michael (de/en) +
  • Marius (de/en) +32.488.08.66.56

Accomodation - Doodle

IMPORTANT note for those registered for free accomodation (registration closed): Please contact us via info(at) and give us your exact arrival date & time so we can arrange everything for you!



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.)



Have a look at the detailed list of supporting groups - here is just nothing more than an overview:


Under this banner we like to collect results, experiences, pictures and anything else, which came out of our first Brussels Freedom not fear.

We like to improve it for the next time, therefore:

Please give us feedback!

Reports and experiences

People from all over Europe protested in a demonstration. In front of the European Commission building a member of the German Working Group on Data Retention summed up the reasons to protest.


Some impressions

More pictures


We installed an etherpad to receive your feedback, find an intermediate result here.


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

We'll have our demonstration as follows:

More information about Saturday, the day of protest

press release

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.

We like to change ideas, concerns and arguments.

More information about Monday, the day of discussion/lobbying

Side events

There are some other things in life beside all protests and discussions about serious topics.

Have a look at some sideevents around the Brussels weekend or just enjoy the city itselfs.

Saturday evening - Afterhour and party at London Calling

  • Between 18:00 and 23:00, we have the basement in the popular bar "London Calling" at Place du Londres / Rue Dublin for ourselves. Bring music and good vibrations (free entry until 11pm)!
  • At 23:00, they will have a live Reggae band playing there (5 € entry after 11pm).

Saturday evening - Software Freedom day and Ubuntu keysigning party

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.

Monday to Tuesday - Brucon conference

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

Monday evening - Brucon Party

On Monday evening, there will be a 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!

Traveling and accomodation

We collected some informations to make getting to Brussels easier and to find some cheap accomodations.

Please notice that there is a limited space for a very simple, but free accomodation!

Therefore please have a look at our special wiki-page.



Press review

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