In the beginning of February, Europe's biggest Free Software developer conference took place in Brussels. The European Parliament took advantage of the many bright and skilled people flowing into the city by inviting them to a meeting about using mobile devices in freedom.
Erik Albers from the Free Software Foundation Europe gave a short presentation about the FSFE's Free Your Android campaign and showed ways how Free Software operating systems and apps can be installed on smartphones and tables. This way people can take back control of their devices and prevent their data from being sent over to Google and other companies.
Vice President Alexander Alvaro hosted the meeting and his staff helped organise time with the Parliament's professional video team, so the Free Software activists could shoot a video about Free Your Android. Many of the campaign's key people took part in this video. They hope that it will help raise awareness for freedom in mobile computing and privacy further.
After Free Your Android had been discussed, the conversation quickly moved on to other important topics such as Parltrack (a tool that makes it easy to track legislation happening in the Parliament by providing users with functionalities missing from the tools offered by the Parliament itself), hackerspaces, the FreedomBox or the upcoming AT4AM release.