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LibrePlanet Day 1, technology, politics, workshops, and winners

by molly Contributions Published on Mar 26, 2017 04:26 PM
LibrePlanet started as the annual meeting of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) membership. Now, that meeting is just one part of a two-day conference that brings together hundreds of new and longtime members of the free software community from all parts of the world.

This year kicked off on Saturday, March 25th, with a keynote speech by Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Their talk emphasized the relationship between politics and technology&emdash;politics threaten technology; technology threatens politics. A video of the talk is available now. Other videos of talks are now posted or will be available shortly.

Kade Crockford, wearing a pink, button down shirt, holding a cup of water, and gesturing. Behind them is a chalkboard with the text 'Politics threaten technology' and 'Technology threatens politics.'

FSF staff, members of the MIT Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) gathered at MIT's Stata Center in Cambridge, MA early in the morning to set up streaming and recording equipment, hang signs, decorate, and even have a little fun.

Throughout the day, there were 24 talks, covering a wide range of topics relating to software freedom and user freedom, tackling the ways technology and technologists interact with society and the responsibilities we have to ourselves and each other. Some people delivered their first talk (ever!) at a conference, and many veteran speakers returned to LibrePlanet.

René Pérez and Maria Peniche sitting at LibrePlanet, facing one another and talking. He is wearing a black hat and a grey shirt; she is wearing a black jacket and her hair is braided.

There were three workshops: a non-technical introduction and how-to on security and operations, an introduction to Ansible (a free software tool for IT automation), and a reproducible builds workshop by three members of the Reproducible Builds project.

At the end of the day, Richard Stallman announced the winners of the 2016 Free Software Awards, celebrating an individual's ongoing commitment to user freedom (Award for the Advancement of Free Software) and the work of a free software project that has created significant social good (the Award for Projects of Social Benefit).

Alexandre Oliva and Richard Stallman stand in the front of a lecture hall, facing away from the camera. The hall is full of people, and they are standing in front of their seats and clapping.

Alexandre Oliva, free software hacker, contributor, and activist was the recipient of the individual award. Conor Schaefer represented Freedom of the Press Foundation, accepting the award for their work on SecureDrop.

Richard Stallman and Conor Schaefer stand next to one another. They both have long beards--Stallman's is grey and Schaefer's is brown.

Photos by the Free Software Foundation and under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

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