ITSA Presents – Dr. Richard Stallman

Free Software and Your Freedom

Friday, April 12th, 2013

10 am – 12pm ~ McMicken Hall ~ Room 127

The Free Software Movement campaigns for computer users’ freedom to cooperate and control their own computing. The Free Software Movement developed the GNU operating system, typically used together with the kernel Linux, specifically to make these freedoms possible.

A Free Digital Society

Friday, April 12th, 2013

2:35pm – 4:35pm ~ Linder Center ~ Room 450

Activities directed at “including” more people in the use of digital technology are predicated on the assumption that such inclusion is invariably a good thing. It appears so, when judged solely by immediate practical convenience. However, if we also judge in terms of human rights, whether digital inclusion is good or bad depends on what kind of digital world we are to be included in. If we wish to work towards digital inclusion as a goal, it behooves us to make sure it is the good kind.

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (seeĀ 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 honorary doctorates.

 

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