Mission Statement

The initial paragraph has been copied from the LibrePlanet project. We endorse the LibrePlanet Mission Statement and Code of Conduct. The following copy of the Mission Statement was taken on 24 October 2013. All other element of this document have been produced by Free Software Australia.

The mission of Free Software Australia is to empower a global network and local groups of academics, project teams, interest-based work-groups, users and individuals all working together to advance free software and free culture as a movement for social justice

Values

What motivates the creation of the FSA?

Our society has become completely dependent on the use of computers and software for many activities. From buying groceries, playing music, conducting business and keeping in contact with friends and family.

For a society to enjoy freedoms of associate, expression and privacy, people need to have control over the technology they use in their homes, schools, businesses and government. For society to control technology, it needs to use software that respects the users' freedom. This means that the user can run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price1.

Free-software that respects and protects users freedoms provides the following “four freedoms”

1. freedom to run the program as you wish.

2. freedom to study how the program works.

3. freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour.

4. freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.

These four freedoms help a society to be free to share, collaborate and help others. Otherwise, the technology society uses can be used to infringe on peoples privacy, liberty and freedoms.

The FSA values the freedoms of all software users to run, copy, distribute and change software that enables society to improve, evolve and achieve great things.

Vision

What future does the FSA envision?

The FSA wishes for a future where society can freely use, study, copy, modify and redistribute software on all computer systems society has come to depend on. From smart watches, mobile phones and toys to car computer systems and super computers. These freedoms encourage sharing, collaboration and helping others in our communities.

Mission Statement

How will we achieve our Vision and to realise our Values?

We aim to hold to our values and achieve our vision by a range of member led activities and programs. Because society and communities are made up of people from different ages, cultures, beliefs and backgrounds. These activities will be designed to engage with people from all walks of society, especially from non-technical backgrounds.

Generally, our activities can be divided into several categories:

Education of the Community:

The FSA will produce presentations and talks on the benefits of free software for society and how to use free software. We’ll reach out to local communities and groups to help educate them on free software.

Empowerment of the Community:

The FSA will provide support and guidance for people using and contributing to free software. This will include workshops on how to install and use free software.

Lead by Example:

The FSA will adopt Free Software tools and principles wherever possible. This will help encourage the use of Free Software by members and the community at large.

Goals

What are the Short and medium term goals that achieve our Mission?

The FSA will be a member driven organisation, where the goals and projects of the FSA will be decided in a participatory community. This ensures the needs and issues of the community and society are reflected in the FSAs’ actions.

1 https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

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