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[liberationtech] Richard Stallman @ UC Berkeley, 5pm, Nov 16 2013

Steve Weis steveweis at
Wed Nov 13 10:43:06 PST 2013

RMS @ Cal this weekend:


"A Free Digital Society"
Lecture by Dr. Richard Stallman at UC Berkeley

Join UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff in Soda Hall for a lecture on
A Free Digital Society by the software developer and software freedom
activist Richard Stallman.

Dr. Stallman founded the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation. He
is the original author of Emacs, GCC, and the General Public License. GNU
software, with a Linux kernel, is used on millions of computers today.

Event details

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 5:00 p.m. Attendance is first-come, first-served.
Venue: 306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium), UC Berkeley
Availability: Open to the general public

About the speaker

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and
started the development of the GNU operating system 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 honoris
causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

About the talk

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.
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