The fairkom company is a partnership network with a core team in western Austria and independent IT consultants in German-speaking countries. As a "light version cooperative" we show the various possibilities of open source tools and support their implementation into our day-to-day lives.
Currently our services consist of cloud, software development, social design and commons. The fields of open source cloud services and open source software development are organized as a commercial enterprise with a focus on sustainability. In the field of social design, we implement mainly solutions for communication.
As part of a common good-oriented and ecologically justifiable business model, we bring the four fields into harmony and reinvest profits in open source and commons projects. fairkom is anchored in numerous networks and makes technological developments free and open source available. The aim is the conceptual and practical provision of communication media, with the task of showing possible applications for online tools, especially when using free software.
Organic in foods
When buying groceries, more and more attention goes to where the groceries come from and under which conditions they were produced.
Organic food is characterized by their organic origin. For example animals that are kept in a species-appropriate manner in accordance with the EC Organic Regulation.
Standards regulate that organic food is not genetically modified and that no synthetic pesticides are used. In perma-culture, the principle of cooperation instead of competition applies, where feedback is obtained from the ecosystem (you!). This principle can also be applied to IT!
Organic for the internet
We would like to create a similar awareness for dealing with data and service providers on the Internet and want to set a good example. Unfortunately, there are no binding standards in IT yet. Here we list what fairness on the internet can mean. Here, too, it is about cycles and about seeing challenges as opportunities.
All of our applications are GDPR compliant!
Data-security with european standards
For European cloud providers, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became an important tool to counter the omnipotence of the hyper-capitalized Big 5 tech companies Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft - GAFAM for short, which have set up quasi-monopolies in their respective areas. Due to the FISA regulations, US cloud providers could never reach our European level of data security. More information on GDPR and FISA can be found here.
All our servers are located in the EU
Electricity from renewable sources and ISO 27001 certified
Our most important hosting partner is Hetzner. The German data center parks are supplied hydro-power. The electricity requirements of the Helsinki data center park in Finland are covered by wind and hydro-power. More than half of our servers are used models that we carefully monitor and some of which have been in use for more than ten years. In RAID1 operation, we can keep hard disks in operation for many years and only replace individual ones when storage sectors can no longer be corrected. With virtualization and our own kubernetes, Jitsi and BigBlueButton clusters we can distribute loads efficiently. Hetzner is certified according to DIN ISO/IEC 27001, as is our Austrian hosting partner Internex.
Open Source Software
Software code for everybody!
Open source software means that the code is accessible and open to everyone. So there are no secrets in algorithms or the possibility to monitor users without their consent. Our code is managed on our own Gitlab server or on GitHub. This allows software projects to be developed, feedback on issues to be obtained and versions to be managed. Because software is never finished and needs a lot of maintenance.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Useful online-services in our portfolio
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a good solution for those who do not want to set up open source software independently or who can't host it themselves. SaaS is a subset of cloud computing in which shared computing resources, such as servers or data storage, are made available for everyone. As a service provider for SaaS, fairkom provides a selection of open source software that is operated on our infrastructure. Customers can use the open source applications as a service.
We don't sell data
Cookies only for the cookie-monster
Our services are data-efficient and we have deliberately decided against cookies and the associated web tracking. Our web services do not make any requests to third-party servers and only use a few, sometimes technically necessary, cookies that come exclusively from our own servers. If you want to know more about it or want to check it yourself, you can find further information here.
We handle your money with caution!
Profit is not our main focus
We grow organically with our customers and are equity-financed. We are not driven by the capital market and do not have to serve shareholders with short-term profit expectations. fairkom is organized in such a way that profits (i.e. what is left after paying staff and server costs) may only be invested in open source and commons projects. We offer our partners and employees fair hourly rates and wages (#raiseforaiden) based on the collective agreement of the social partners in Austria.
Browser-based software found on the fair-use principal
Without download or hard limits
When using our applications, users are free to decide whether, for example, they want to take part in a video conference within their browser or whether the program should be installed on their computer. All fairkom applications work in the browser, the installation of a program or an app is offered as an option, but is not mandatory.
Part of a community
Let's work on the network together!
Behind software projects like BigBlueButton or JitsiMeet is often a large community, which develops projects quickly. fairkom is part of the open source community and has an extensive networks. Software code is regularly reviewed within the community and anyone can find and fix bugs in the code. As a result, the code is constantly optimized and bugs are quickly fixed.
The people behind fairkom
Just give us a call!
We are not an anonymous service provider. fairkom has its headquarters in western Austria, Dornbirn, Vorarlberg. We have practical office space there, where visitors are always welcome. You are also welcome to pick up the phone, we are usually easy to reach during office hours and have an open ear for inquiries.
Our story begins with the PUBLIC VOICE Lab, which was founded in 1994 and took over telephone services for local civic engagement in Vienna. With the Internet boom, we have implemented numerous media and research projects and published books through PUBLIC VOICE Telekom GmbH and later in our own publishing house. Web4Groups was a spin-off with Kapsch AG.
The means and purpose of the fairkom society are defined in the statutes.
The conceptual and practical provision of communication media reflects the purpose of fairkom. New possibilities for using online media, especially using free and fair software, are to be shown. The development and use of open source software is significantly supported by fairkom. In addition, the open source idea should be spread and strengthened in business and society.
These are our goals:
- Lectures, meetings, seminars, symposia, exercise and training events
- Operating communication platforms on the Internet
- Providing a platform for registration of openly licensed works
- Establishing contact with organisations, institutions and experts at home and abroad
- Suggestion for the interactive media behavior of various population groups and individuals and support them by providing media facilities of the association
- Development of concepts and strategies that favor the use of Free Software
- Cooperation with scientists and participation in research projects
- Representation of the club-specific interests of the members towards authorities and institutions
Income and usage of funds:
- Membership fees, voluntary donations, organized collections, donations, subsidies, grants, project funding, Legacies, sponsorships and other donations
- Income from club events, income from club services, proceeds from passing on information, proceeds from the provision of club facilities
- Income from economic active serves to cover the costs
- Profits are used to achieve the charitable purpose of the association