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LibrePlanet 2021: Join us online on March 20 & 21 with keynote Julia Reda

by Zoë Kooyman Contributions Published on Nov 11, 2020 04:30 PM

Mark your calendars: LibrePlanet 2021: Empowering Users will be held on March 20 and 21, 2021. For those of you who haven't been to the LibrePlanet conference before: expect a friendly, social, community-focused event with two days of inspiring talks and workshops from some of the most active and inspiring people in the free software community.

We announced today that Julia Reda, former European Parliament member who is well known for her work on copyright reform and net neutrality, and will discuss the need for public funding for free software projects from different governments around the world.

As Reda explained in today's announcement, "The recent decision by Trump to defund the Open Technology Fund has highlighted the dangers of a public funding landscape for public interest technology that relies too heavily on a single government, whose priorities could change rapidly at any time." Reda believes funding should be decentralized to avoid single points of failure, and is currently working on establishing a European or German framework for free (as in freedom) technology funding.

Motivated by stalwarts around the world defending their rights and collaborating to battle the novel coronavirus, the theme for 2021 is Empowering Users. Stories have reached us from the collaborative coordination of personal protection globally, as well as community members who took matters into their own hands when it came to protecting themselves or their children from being subjected to proprietary software in remote education. This was profoundly inspiring, and we hope to see more of these stories at the event. Reda added, "In a time when most of our social interactions, our work, and our policy debates take place online, the free software community is more important than ever to ensure individual autonomy and empowerment."

Participate in LibrePlanet 2021

Submit a session

Just like in 2020, LibrePlanet 2021: Empowering Users will be an online event. We're preparing to translate the enjoyment of real life interaction and catching up with everyone in the community in person to an online event in which we can create a space for people to enjoy talks, interact with other community members, exchange ideas, and get to know organizations through an exhibitor space. In the meantime, if you want to be a speaker at LibrePlanet 2021, you now just have a few more days to submit a session. Submissions will close right after this weekend, Monday at 12:00 EST (17:00 UTC).

Register for the event

Registration for the event will open soon for all attendees. Like for the previous edition, anyone will be able to watch the event online through However, if you register for the conference, you will be able to enjoy an added level of participation in the event and with the free software community. For anyone who can spare a bit more, we have a special LibrePlanet 2021 gift waiting as well. Want to receive all the details? Subscribe to the LibrePlanet announcement list via


Volunteers are essential to help make the event a success, and this doesn't change for an online event. We can't do this without you. Tasks include moderation of IRC chat channels, coordination of program elements, writing, or just bringing us great ideas to make the event even better. If you are interested, please contact

Get excited

If you want to know more about how the event is organized, and how we stream and record the event, fully free and online, you can read more in our blog post about the 2020 edition's technical challenges. You can also browse through the video archive of past LibrePlanet conference sessions on our MediaGoblin instance to get inspired.

Support LibrePlanet by becoming an exhibitor or sponsor

LibrePlanet is organized by the FSF, a 501(c)(3) charity. Your contribution will allow us to create a truly valuable event for many people all over the globe by by funding the equipment and staff time necessary to produce, stream, and document the event using only free software.

We also offer unique opportunities for businesses and other organizations to connect to a community that is dedicated to free software. Early bird pricing for exhibitors starts now, and will be available until February 15th, 2021. For information on how your company can be represented in our virtual exhibit hall, or to further sponsor the LibrePlanet conference, please email

We can't wait to welcome you at the event!

Kind regards,

Zoë Kooyman
Program Manager

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