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Through the lense: RMS in Switzerland and Spain

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Feb 29, 2016 12:19 AM
A photo blog of RMS' trip through Switzerland and Spain.

RMS was in Switzerland and in Spain in February. He started his trip…

…in Fribourg, where he gave his speech “Free Software and Your Freedom,” on February 1st, at Fri Software Days, an FOSS event organized by the Fribourg College of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), the IT Valley cluster, and the University of Fribourg (UNIFR), to an audience of about 200 people,1

(Photos and poster under CC BY-SA 3.0. Photos courtesy of HEIA-FR.)

He then returned to Bern, almost six years to the day after he had last spoken there,2 to give his speech “A Free Digital Society,”3 on February 5th, at Bern University's business informatics institute's research center for digital sustainability (Forschungsstelle Digitale Nachhaltigkeit des Instituts für Wirtschaftsinformatik der Universität Bern), to about 350 people. Then, he travelled on…

…to Zurich, where he gave his speech “Free Software and Your Freedom,” at the Zurich Colab's coworking café, Auer&Co., on February 8th:4

(Photos and poster under CC BY-SA 3.0. Photos courtesy of Peter Schiratzki.)

…and then, finally, on to Sierre, where he gave his speech “Une société digitale libre,”5 at the TechnoArk,6 to a packed room, on February 10th.

At all of his appearances, RMS warned attendees against the threat posed by ever increasing mass surveillance, and urged them to practice civil disobedience to protest the most recent local example of it—the Swiss Federal Railways' tracking of its frequent travellers via the SwissPass:

SwissPass is an injustice: You should all campaign to demand that they all go back to the older kind of Swiss pass, where they didn't track who goes where. Systems of massive surveillance endanger democracy. For more information, see gnu.org/philosophy/surveillance-vs-democracy.html. That presents and gives the reasons for the absolute limit on the amount of the level of surveillance that can coexist with democracy. Too much surveillance; democracy is dead. And we unfortunately now suffer from too much surveillance, and democracy is going to be dead if we don't knock it back down.7
Then, later in the month, he travelled to Spain…

…to Santa Coloma de Gramenet, outside Barcelona, to speak at the Institut Puig Castellar, to about 200 people, on February 19th:

(Photos and poster under CC BY-SA 3.0. Photos courtesy of Victor Carceler.)

…and, finally, to Barcelona, where he gave his speech “Software libre en la ética y en la práctica,”8 to an audience of 325 people, on February 20th:

(Photos and poster under CC BY-SA 3.0. Photos courtesy of Marc Ordinas Llopis.)

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can inform you about future events in and around Fribourg, Zurich, Bern, Sierre, or Barcelona. 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. After his Fribourg speech, RMS gave an interview to RTS.
2. See here for photographs and the speech recording from RMS's 2010 visit to Bern.
3. RMS's February 2016 Bern-speech recording will soon be available in our audio-video archive.
4. Read both RMS's (German-language) NZZ interview and watch his (English-language) Tages-Anzeiger interview.
5. Poor-quality audio available here.
6. See here for the (French-language) reporting on RMS's speech in Sierre.
7. From RMS's Zurich speech.
8. RMS's February 2016 Barcelona-speech recording will soon be available in our audio-video archive.
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