Trivandrum: Richard M Stallman, the founder of the GNU Project and the free Software movement, will speak on ‘A Free Digital Society’ in Thiruvananthapuram on January 16, 2014. His lecture is being organised by the Society for Promotion of Alternate Computing and Employment (SPACE) on the occasion of their 10th anniversary.
Richard Stallman’s speech will focus on issues of digital surveillance that undermine the foundations of a democratic society. It will also cover the many threats to freedom in the digital society including massive surveillance, censorship, digital handcuffs, non-free software that controls users, the war on sharing, and the other threats coming from the use of web services.
According to Wikipedia, Richard Matthew Stallman, often known by his initials RMS, is an American software freedom activist and a computer programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner, such that a user receiving it, likewise receives with it the freedoms to use, study, distribute and modify that software: software that ensures these freedoms (on receipt) is termed free software. He is best known for launching the GNU Project, founding the Free Software Foundation, developing the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and writing the GNU General Public License.
To commemorate the occasion of GNU completing 30 years and SPACE 10 years, the free software community in Thiruvananthapuram is also organising an exhibition on free software and free knowledge on Education Freedom Day, which falls on January 18 at the Museum. The exhibition will focus on free software and free hardware for education and privacy protection. Various free software projects like Fedora, WoMoz, and HackerSpace will be part of the exhibition.
SPACE is a registered society that has members from academia, the IT industry, professional societies such as IEEE and Computer Society of India, and the IT Administration of the Government of Kerala. The vision of SPACE is to promote the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in academics, governance, corporate and individual use, and to support the use FOSS for employment generation in Kerala.
Richard Stallman’s speech will be nontechnical and admission is free. Click here to register for the event.
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