why: the problem
Big Tech: bad for people and the environment
Mobile software development has been dominated in the past 20 years by Big Tech companies, who have created an IT-ecosystem that is characterized by closed-source software, proprietary standards, private data sources, harvesting of user data, privacy violations, poor labour standards and production practices that are bad for the environment. We think this needs to change.
Lock-in of users / monopolies
Poor labour standards
Bad for environment
How: the solution
Our values are different
As part of the Mobifree project, twelve organizations are collaborating to develop better mobile software in a better way. Our shared values for this project are:
Respect for digital rights
We make software that prioritizes digital rights of users, such as privacy and freedom of speech.
Our software provides users, both citizens and organizations, with a great-quality mobile phone experience.
Our software is interoperable and portable, using open data standards. This stimulates fair competition, resulting in better prices for users!
Empowerment of workers
Big Tech exploits labourers for their own profits. We pay our employees well, involve them in decisions and explore other ways to improve labour conditions.
Software should be available and easy to use for everyone: whether you are abled or disabled, poor or rich, and a beginner or expert IT user.
Big Tech companies try to lock you in with their proprietary software. Our software is open-source and uses open standards and open data sources.
A strong industry
To be able to provide and keep providing our users with great software, we contribute to a thriving, resilient and collaborative mobile IT industry.
Positive for the environment
We strive towards making software in such a way that has a positive impact on the environment, e.g. by using renewable energy and encouraging long-term use and reuse.
what: what we are working on
Piloting with users
Here is what we are working on to give European citizens and organizations more choice in, and access to, human-centred and ethical mobile software:
We are using workshops and pilot-tests to gather more information about what European citizens and organizations need and value about mobile software.
Our workshops will generate a framework for which values matter most to Europeans in terms of mobile software development.
The pilots will provide input and feedback about the projects that are partners in Mobifree.
We are conducting these workshops and pilots with four groups of users: young adults, app developers, employees of municipalities and semi-public institutions, and professionals who regularly work in humanitarian crisis and disaster contexts.
These user groups were chosen to reperesent a mix of consumers, people developing software, and professional users in work environments that are of especial relevance to the European Union.
We will then use this input and feedback from users to improve software in the following IT areas:
- /e/OS, a fully-open-source operating system (OS) for Android-based phones
- App stores
- Disaster & emergency response
All open-source and pro-privacy!
mobifree your phone!
The right tools for you
The Mobifree project was initiated and is coordinated by E Foundation, a European non-profit that develops of open-source mobile software (among others, /e/OS). Here below you can read more about E Foundation and all its partners in the Mobifree project. Each picture and description takes you to the website of the partner project. Check them out, download them and MOBIFREE your phone!
microG is an open-source implementation of APIs, libraries and services that Android apps need to run.
F-Droid is an app store and database of open-source software applications for the Android platform.
Conversations is an open-source, privacy-safe and ecnryptable Jabber/XMPP messenger for Android.
Quicksy is a spin-off of Conversations with with Easy Entry and Easy Discovery by automatic contact discovery.
Ltt.rs (pronounced “Letters”) is a proof-of-concept e-mail client based on JMAP, the next-gen email protocol.
Delta Chat is a messaging app that works over e-mail. Use it to message anyone with an e-mail address.
Research and implementation partners
Waag Futurelab reinforces critical reflection on technology, develops technological and social design skills, and encourages social innovation. Waag works in a trans-disciplinary team of designers, artists and scientists, utilising public research methods in the realms of technology and society. Open-source technology is of great importance to Waag in all aspects of its work.
NLnet Foundation supports organisations and people who contribute to an open internet for all. It funds projects that help fix the internet through open hardware, open software, open standards, open science and open data.
BioSense Institute (BIOS) is an R&D institute for IT in biosystems. It creates a bridge between science and business and fosters an entrepreneurial mentality. The BioSense accelerator provides mentoring, business, and scientific support to innovative entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses in developing new digital solutions and improving the existing ones.
University of Amsterdam
The Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam researches the entire spectrum of legal areas related to today’s information societies, such as: telecommunications regulation, internet regulation, freedom of expression, and privacy.