We are happy to announce that with our project partner, Eliademy we are organizing an event where Richard Stallman will give a speech about Free Digital Society. The event is free (as in beer) and free (as in speech). Here are the details:
Richard Stallman: A Free Digital Society
Time: February 10th, 14.00 – 16.00
Venue: Design Factory, The Stage
Web site: http://www.aaltodesignfactory.fi
Visiting address: Betonimiehenkuja 5 C, 02150 Espoo, Finland
Optional sign-up: http://okfnpad.org/p/Aalto_Feb_10_14-16 (we have room for about 200 + people, the sign-up is for everyone to see if it will be very crowded).
There are many threats to freedom in the digital society. They include massive surveillance, censorship, digital handcuffs, nonfree software that controls users, and the War on Sharing. Other threats come from use of web services. Finally, we have no positive right to do anything in the Internet; every activity is precarious, and can continue only as long as companies are willing to cooperate with it.
Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honors causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.