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March 2016: photos from Bhopal and Utrecht and through to Quebec City and Montreal

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Mar 31, 2016 02:28 PM

RMS was in India, the Netherlands, and Canada this past month. He started his trip in February in Pilani, in Delhi, and in Roorkee, where he spoke, at APOGEE 2016, the annual Birla Institute of Technology & Science–Pilani technical festival, at Tryst, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi's annual science and technology festival, and at Cognizance,1 IIT–Delhi's annual technical festival. He then moved on…

…to Bhopal, where, on the invitation of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology Student Branch, he gave his speech “Free Software and Your Freedom,”2 on March 5th, to students of all levels from the MANIT:

(Photos under CC BY-SA 3.0 and courtesy of Achal Arya, Priyesh Patel, and Vinay Teja Reddy.)

…to Utrecht, where he gave his speech “Computing, Freedom, and Privacy,”3 at the IT Talent College, in Utrecht, Netherlands, on March 9th, to over 200 people:

(Photos under CC BY-SA 3.0 and courtesy of Floris Heuer and Just Hemmelar.)

…to Quebec City, Canada, where, at the Université Laval, on the invitation of the university's Institut Technologies de l'information et Sociétés, he gave his speech «Logiciel libre et société libre», on March 16th, to an audience of over 300 people:

(Photos under CC BY-SA 3.0 and courtesy of the ITIS.)

…and then, on to Montreal, where, as a guest of the Adte, an organization whose mandate is "to promote the use of free software in higher education," he gave his speech "Free Software and Your Freedom,"4 at the Colloque libre de l'Adte, to an audience of about 200 people, before posing for a picture with Adte vice-president Rafael Scapin, holding…a hardcover copy of the third edition of RMS's book of selected essays, Free Software, Free Society:

(Photo under CC BY-SA 3.0 and courtesy of the Adte.)

Finally, once RMS was home again in Cambridge, on March 19th, during LibrePlanet, the FSF's annual conference, he awarded this year's Free Software Awards to Library Freedom Project, which received the Project of Social Benefit Award, and to Werner Koch, who received the Award for the Advancement of Free Software. Later, on March 29th, he gave his speech "Computing in Freedom, Developing in Freedom," at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can inform you about future events in and around Pilani, Delhi, Bhopal, Roorkee, Utrecht, Quebec City, Montreal, or Cambrige. Please see www.fsf.org/events for a full list of all of RMS's confirmed engagements, and contact rms-assist@gnu.org if you'd like him to come speak.

Thank you to all the organizers for having made this trip possible!


1. Read the interview he gave the Geek Gazette while he was in town.
2. A recording of RMS's March 5th, 2016, Bhopal speech might be available at some future time in our audio-video archive.
3. A recording of RMS's March 9th, 2016, Utrecht speech will soon be available in our audio-video archive.
4. A recording of RMS's March 17th, 2016, Montreal speech will soon be available in our audio-video archive.
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