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LibrePlanet Conference 2009, 3/21-3/22

by deborah Contributions Published on Feb 02, 2009 03:25 PM
Official public announcement!

Our annual meeting has now officially morphed into the LibrePlanet event. The date is set. March 21st and 22nd — that's right, two whole days! LibrePlanet will be at the Harvard Science Center, right in Harvard Square on the MBTA's red line.

LibrePlanet will cover a range of free software activism topics, with an Open Space style effort to make progress on engineering for Free Network Services and the High Priority Software Projects.

LibrePlanet attendance is free to FSF associate members, with non-members who are committed to the ideals of software freedom paying a conference fee to cover breakfast and lunch for two days.  Of course once they've spent the whole weekend with our members, we're pretty sure the new folks will also want to support our work.

Here's the basic schedule for LibrePlanet so you can start making travel arrangements:

Saturday, March 21st

  • 9:30-5:00 -- Keynotes include: High Priority Free Software Projects; Freedom for Network Services; LibrePlanet Activism Network; Software Patents.
  • 6:00-9:00 -- Social Event: LibrePlanet Party!

Sunday, March 22nd

  • 9:30-5:00 -- Keynote  followed by Open Space-style conference

This will be a working conference, so please bring a laptop. Participation is not limited to coders and activists; we'll also need folks who can do visual design, write and edit text, and are willing to test-drive stuff or percolate ideas. Basically, everyone!

Background and details

Alongside our 2008 member meeting, the FSF helped launch the autonomo.us working group, convened as an independent advisory group of hackers and activists concerned about the effects of network services on user freedom.

As part of this year's meeting, we will be coordinating an Open Space style conference focused on making tangible progress in the area of network services. Several autonomo.us members will be in attendance to help lead talks and participate in working groups, including Evan Prodromou, Benjamin Mako Hill, Henri Poole, Bradley Kuhn, and Mike Linksvayer.

Please join us as we take the next big step in answering the key questions: How do we engineer for free network services? What components do we need to build first? What should the free software community do to promote a culture of free network services?

With all of these hackers and activists together, we hope not only to hammer out some answers, but to also progress the software needed to turn that language into usable reality.

RSVP for LibrePlanet and next steps
  1. By March 14th, please RSVP to membership@fsf.org ; Space is limited. If you're coming we will need to save you a spot and make sure you get a bagel each morning.
  2. Forward this to friends and colleagues that you think would really enjoy a weekend hacking for freedom.
  3. Visit the LibrePlanet 2009 wiki to start finding a ride and accomodation, and work with other attendees who are making plans for the conference.

Cheers,
Deborah Nicholson
Membership Coordinator

Image by Jacobolus at Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-SA.

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