Franz Gratzer

Franz Gratzer

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Name: Franz Gratzer
Organization: freie.it
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Title: chair
Bio:
As an experienced graphic designer specialised in web design I stumble upon compatibility issues because of non-standard technologies daily. At one point I decided to leave behind traditional proprietary designers tools and I switched to Free Software in order to stick with open standards. This made my work much more satisfying and opened my eyes for a wider political and social dimension of technology as an important forming factor of our society. I joined the Fellowship of the Free Software Foundation Europe and became active in the Viennese group of it. A variety of books, talks and discussions on the subject deepened my understanding. From my voluntary work as an animal rights activist I have collected a lot of practical experience in grassroot campaigning over the years and I employ those skills in freie.it. Most importingly I learned, that transformative change doesn't come from convincing people, but from developing convenient opportunities (and providing good reasons as supportive reassururing framework for keeping at it).

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At the moment most people are using proprietary software since this is the default solution which is available with ease. This way they rely on untransparent systems controlled by others. Freie.it makes professional support for buying, setting up and administering computer systems with Free Software accessible. So that even people without extensive technological knowledge can enjoy independence from closed formats and restricting programmes.