Since 2013 the Free Software Foundation Europe has been fighting for the right users have to choose and use their own routers and modems. After the successful for net neutrality in Europe in 2015, users in Europe have the right to freely choose routers and modems to access the Internet. Router Freedom is the standard, empowering users to control their devices with clear advantages for security, privacy and ecological footprint.
Now, challenges on national implementation of the European rules will put this right under risk. In parallel new demands are being posed against commercial practices involving software that is sold with hardware by default, for instance operating system in laptops, browsers and app stores.
The talk will provide an overview on the recent successes for router freedom and the legal challenges against net neutrality in Europe.