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FFII general assembly 2005

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Please note that this transscript is inofficial and thus not authoritative.

Opening of the meeting

Jacob Hallén opened the meeting and welcomed 28 attending members to the General Assembly of 2005.

Election of GA-chairman, secretary and 2 controllers

Jacob Hallén offered to chair the meeting as he already started it. As the secretary, Steffen Maas was elected. The proposed controllers, David Vuorio and Jan Husar, agreed to take the position during the meeting.

Setting of the agenda

While it was inadmissible to change the points of the agenda, there was a valid proposal to change their order so that item 13 (Feedback from members) would be handled before item 9 (the elections). The reasoning was that it would be a better base to fund one's vote on. However, the proposal was rejected (8/16/0).

Decision if the GA had been properly announced

As questions about the legality of the assembly had been raised earlier on the mailing list, the attendants had to decide whether or not they consider that the GA had been properly announced. Even though the GA itself had been announced 4 weeks before it actually took place, the agenda had only been announced 1 week in advance.

It was thereby proposed that an online vote had to be conducted after the GA in order to decide whether the GA as a whole was valid or not, because for the GA itself it would be hard to decide on behalf of all members whether it is entitled to do so. The proposal was accepted unanimously (24/0/0).

The vote if the GA was properly annonced was also accepted unanimously (24/0/0).

Activity report for 2005

Hartmut Pilch presented a short overview of FFII's activities until he was violently interrupted by Jacob Hallén.

Activity report 2005 online

Financial report for 2005

Laura Creighton presented a short overview over the financial report 2005 and answered the most frequently asked questions about it. The main messages were:

Financial report 2005 online

Report of the financial controllers

The GA voted to postpone this item, the vote was accepted.

Exoneration of the board

The GA voted to postpone this item, the vote was accepted.



The candidates for presidency were first allowed to say a couple of words about their candidacy.

  1. Pieter Hintjens owns a small software company (iMatix) that is based on OpenSource. His plans are basically to continue the restructuring of FFII in a sensible way. Also, Pieter proposed to revitalize the funding culture by establishing the technical infrastructure required for performing and monitoring donations.
    Pieter thereby announced his candidacy.
  2. Hartmut Pilch withdrew his candidacy at the assembly. In his statement he supports the candidacy of Pieter Hintjens, as Pieter already has quite some experience in organizing and leading people.
  3. Jonas Maebe withdrew his candidacy at the assembly. He supported the candidacy of Pieter Hintjens.

The first vote was about whether to accept the candidacy of Pieter Hintjens even though it was only announced at the assembly itself, which was accepted (24/0/0). The second vote was about electing Pieter Hintjens as president, which was accepted (23/0/1).


The only candidate for the position as treasurer of the FFII was Jochen Ahleff, who had already occupied this position since the decline of Holger Blasum. Jochen has studied informatics and is a software developer for 10 years already. His plans for the future are to restructure, clear the membership status and the financial structure and to make the bookkeeping that takes place inside FFII legally admissible.

Jochen Ahleff was elected as treasurer (24/0/0).


The candidates for the last seat were as follows:

  1. Antonios Christofides withdrew his candidacy at the assembly.
  2. Felipe Wersen withdrew his candidacy at the assembly.
  3. Oliver Lorenz withdrew his candidacy at the assembly.
  4. Hartmut Pilch was still willing to candidate for the seat.

Hartmut Pilch was elected for the last seat of the board (24/0/0).

Election of financial controller

For the financial work of FFII, two controllers were needed. After a few suggestions, there were two eligible candidates.

  1. Koen Martens was positive to Laura's request to become financial controller.
  2. Roland Orre announced his candidacy after a phone call from Erik.

The proposed candidates were accepted (24/0/0).

Election of election commissioner

Hartmut Pilch suggested Juergen Siepmann, the lawyer who had researched into the situation before the Assembly, as election commissioner. Jochen Siepmann accepted the candidacy over telephone.

The proposed candidate was accepted (24/0/0).

Presentation from FFII UK on fundraising

The essential part of this presentation was that we have to decide whether the fundraising for FFII is supposed to be national or international. For the international part, has worked quite well, while only a few national branches of FFII have successfully developed their own fundraising.

The most important vector to get better fundraising, however, is good marketing. We should provide companies with a reason to permanently support FFII, and they will do so.

Feedback from members

The only question raised in this area was which areas of discussion are supposed to be in the scope of FFII.

The answer to this was basically everything that belongs to the area of a Free Information Infrastructure, such as free competition, free and open standards, copyright and Intellectual Property rights. However, privacy and Digital Rights Management in their current, technical form aren't in the scope of FFII, while a law that enforces Digital Rights Management might again be in the scope if it limits free competition or makes a fool of Intellectual Property rights.

Additionally, Pieter Hintjens gave a visionary statement for the future of FFII as a «lobbying platform» for a Free Information Infrastructure. In his idea, the FFII wouldn't have to become 100% fragmented. A partial fragmentation into national groups is useful, however, a certain level of internationality is necessary to achieve our goals, so a certain level of centralized structures is desirable to fight international and/or EU level threats with all our power.

Another thing FFII needs, according to Pieter, is more supporters. FFII defends the rights of everybody, so the movement should include everybody.

Funding, effective media work, campaigning

The GA accepted a vote to postpone this item (24/0/0).

Presentations and discussions of plans for the coming year

The GA accepted a vote to postpone this item (24/0/0).