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What not to miss from LibrePlanet

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jul 10, 2017 11:48 AM

The 2017 LibrePlanet team put a lot of effort into creating a diverse, interesting, balanced schedule full of talks we really wanted to see. During the event itself, however, we found ourselves lacking the time necessary to sit through a whole session. We reached out to a few attendees for recommendations.

"Understanding the complexity of copyleft defense," Bradley Kuhn I liked Bradley Kuhn's talk. I thought he made some really important points about the place the legal system has in the fight for software freedom. He made a convincing argument I now subscribe to. -- Carol Smith

"The set of programmers: How math restricts us," Carol Smith I found this to be a really thoughtful and engaging overview of a topic I hadn't thought very much about. I wish every technical recruiter, hiring lead, and/or admissions committee would watch it. -- Shauna Gordon-McKeon

"Freedom and loathing on the campaign trail '16," Remy DeCausemaker This is a super interesting look into the technology of a presidential political campaign, and the opportunities for free software and open community values to fit into that. -- Shauna Gordon-McKeon

"The Lisp machine and GNU," Christopher Webber I really liked Christopher Webber's talk about Lisp machines! I thought it was a really informative history lesson about this sort of alternate reality of what our desktops could have become--with a lot of good research and guest star Gerald Sussman! Plus he gave it entirely in emacs. -- Noah Swartz

"Rock and roll bands and free software: A comparitive analysis," Pamela Chestek" Pam Chestek's talk had stories, music and legal drama! So great! Bands and free software projects aren't so different. We have so much to learn from other people who started out doing something for love but one day found themselves doing it (at least partially) for money. Plan for success and register your trademarks! -- Deborah Nicholson

"Meet them where they are: Free software and social justice today," Brett Smith I loved Brett's talk on what we're really asking users to do when we recommend free software. Software supply chains are hard but important. Security and software freedom should be synonymous, but when they aren't? Our community has work to do. -- Deborah Nicholson

"A fully-free cell phone experience, no baseband required." Denver Gingerich I like Denver’s talk about making the entire cell phone experience as free as possible. The whole project is actually more accessible than I thought. It’s still at a “hackers only” stage, for sure, but it’s easier to get started than I realized, and maybe even more importantly, he showed a lot of incremental steps you can take to get more free software on your cell phone without completely writing off today’s networks. It was a rare upbeat talk this year. -- Brett Smith

"Running a TV channel with free software," Zeeshan Hasan TV is not dead as some of us would like to believe. It is alive and aggregated to a point of absurdity. The monopolistic entities in control now, must be challenged and thwarted by independent sources for news and information. Free TV projects are necessary for people to have control over freedom of information and autonomy as we are ruled by the information we receive. Zeeshan shows one important way that we can turn that around. -- Micky Metts

"Free software & the law: A lighthearted trip down memory lane," Robinson Tryon Robinson has put into words the obvious elephant in the room. How could we spend hours, years and decades writing code and never paying heed to the laws that bind us? The free software community is fortunate to have such forward looking people focused on the laws surrounding software use and licensing. Most people never read the license of a product or service they use. This session should inspire more people to become lawyers for good. -- Micky Metts

Edits made for grammar and clarity.

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