FFII: Purpose of Association
The purpose of FFII is promotion of data-processing literacy by supporting the creation of those public information goods on whose free availibility private productivity in data processing depends most, and by supporting research into the effects of different regulatory frameworks on such productivity.
The statutory purpose of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure is Popular Education
by Accessibilising, Newly Creating and Legally Securing) of public interest information works
The aim of the association
is public education
by accessibilising, newly creating and legal securing of public information goods
, ie information goods for which the following criteria can be best applied:
- Free use:
- Everybody can use (e.g. that it can used, developed and redistributed, at least if the conditions needed for public benefit as listed here are preserved) the information, without needing the consent of possible owners (e.g. owner of author, copyright, patent, exploitation or other rights).
- Openness of sources:
- The information is available in source form (primary form), i.e. the form in which is was designed and would be used for further development by the author.Everybody has the chance to grasp the initiative to further develop the information good. The way for doing this is not blocked by unnecessary barriers. For further development no non-free development tools are needed.
- The information can be used and developed independently of other information goods, especially independently from software products that do not satisfy both above criteria. All "system requirements" of the information good are publicly specified, i.e. not in the form of manufacturers' or product names but in form of references to freely available descriptions of freely implementable interfaces.
These interfaces allow automatized access for the main functionality available to the outside, are built up systematically and do not contain unneeded complexity, are fixed by definitive documentation and independent from the further development of the information good.
- Educational value:
- The information opens access to knowledge and methods hitherto closed. It is suited to increase the ability of their users. It does not contain any anti-enlightenment elements (e.g. product advertisement, pornography and hate propaganda).
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