The people that go to a Privacy Café are already aware of issues surrounding privacy and freedom. This gives us an opportunity to tell them about Free Software. A good place to start is by asking them “who controls the software?”.
Remarks from the Workshop
The timing is right, since awareness of privacy themes is very high at the moment and those who worry about privacy are already aware of the importance of freedom. This makes it much easier to show the link between freedom and control and Free Software.
It is unfortunate that the theme of Free Software is not already at the foreground, even though it is necessary for privacy.
We need all four freedoms, not just the ability to audit the software (i.e. source availability).
The menu metaphor is good (like the tools metaphor in the “tools leaflet”).
Using a public library as a venue is good, since it takes privacy out of the domain of hackers and “nerds” and makes it more approachable for non-technical people.
Free Software and encryption can be made more attractive with proper attention to presentation (e.g. websites and handouts).
Ideas from the Workshop
Making it more “fun” by using symbols (for signatures), stickers (for laptops) to show e.g. what “level” one has achieved.
Finish Lucile’s privacy flyer draft so it can be used for similar events.
Organise something similar (e.g. in Unperfekthaus).
non-free encryption software
What to do when those groups who teach encryption do so using non-free software?
Working together is desirable, so we have more Free Software people in the group and can explain our topic.
We should keep emphasising that only Free Software can ensure security (Kerckhoffs’s principle).
FSFE will never promote non-free software, and advises volunteers to also not recommend non-free software, but rather explain the issues mentioned above.