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LibrePlanet 2023: Let's chart the course together! Submit your session by November 2

by Miriam Bastian Contributions Published on Sep 14, 2022 04:59 PM
We are proud to announce the fifteenth edition of the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) conference on ethical technology and user freedom, which will be held in spring 2023, both online and in Boston (exact venue TBD). In these fifteen years, LibrePlanet has always been a community that brings together concerned users of all varieties to carve out the direction of software freedom for today as well as for years to come. The call for sessions is now open and will close on November 2, 2022. Potential talks should examine free software through the lens of the theme "Charting the Course."
LibrePlanet 2023: Let's chart the course together! Submit your session by November 2

Call for sessions for LibrePlanet 2023; deadline is November 2, 2022

LibrePlanet has always been a community event. We have placed individuals from the community front and center, making the conference an experience focused on connection, collaboration, and education. Together, let's imagine a sustainable future in which privacy is respected, technology follows the highest ethical standards, and software and users are truly free. Together, let's chart the course for coming generations to software freedom.

Submit your session today!

LibrePlanet: Charting the Course

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At LibrePlanet 2023, we will discuss new opportunities and new threats to the movement, such as artificial intelligence, technology in health care, and the role free software has to play in achieving ecological sustainability. Now, it's time for us to chart the course through to full digital freedom for all of us. Let's build a future where it is the user and not corporate monopolies that control our ways of communicating, what information we want to share, and how we want to live.

Submissions to the call for sessions are being accepted through Wednesday, November 2, 12:00 EDT (16:00 UTC). General registration, exhibitor registration, and sponsoring packages will follow soon.

We invite activists, hackers, law professionals, artists, educators, students, developers, new and familiar faces alike, policymakers, tinkerers, free software beginners, and anyone looking for technology that aligns with their ideals to submit a proposal for a session at LibrePlanet 2023. Session proposals can focus on software development, copyleft, community, or other issues related to the theme.

What kind of sessions are we looking for?

Are you integrating free software into your life, or are you struggling to do just that? We want to hear from you! Examine free software through the theme "Charting the Course" and:

  • Share how you integrate free software in your daily life, your struggles and successes;

  • Give a talk exploring the theme through broader spheres of education, licensing, medicine, government, business, art, social movements, or improving accessibility;

  • Tell the world about your free software project;

  • Suggest an educational panel or Q&A session on a pressing topic like free software in artificial intelligence or software-driven cars;

  • Explore current topics in free software licensing and copyleft, or give a great licensing tutorial;

  • Host a workshop or tutorial on how to use a free software tool, free software program, or free hardware project;

  • Explore a free software concept or share your technical knowledge in an interactive session or through a live programming session, or

  • Lead a project "sprint" (a group work session).

All sessions will be reviewed by a community committee representing a wide range of expertise. It's important to us to provide sessions that are friendly to newcomers, as well as those that help experienced hackers improve their technical skills. Whatever your experience level or the experience level of your audience, we want to include your session! If you're new to the community, or if you're looking for inspiration, check out last year's conference site and session videos. Anyone interested in doing a workshop can also do so by submitting to the call for sessions. We hope that we get as many great workshop submissions as we did last year so that we can do another series.

If you have any questions, comments, ideas, if you would like to be part of the LibrePlanet 2023 committee, if you need help with your session proposal, or if you would like to just socialize, please come meet with us in our LibrePlanet hour on IRC.

These sessions will be held weekly on Thursdays, starting September 22 (with the exception of October 6) from 13:00 to 14:00 EDT (17:00 - 18:00 UTC) in the #libreplanet channel of the Libera.chat IRC network.

Call for sessions office hours IRC event links:

Not yet set up for IRC? Please read https://libreplanet.org/wiki/IRC_Help.

You are also welcome to email to campaigns@fsf.org with your session ideas and questions.

After three long years hosting LibrePlanet online only, we are excited to have in-person events in Boston. We look forward to seeing everyone next spring!

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