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May 2018: Photos from Brazil and Argentina

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Jul 02, 2018 01:14 PM

Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman (RMS) went on a 12-city visit to Brazil and Argentina this past May and June. The trip took him…

…to the Federal Institute of São Paulo, in Araraquara, São Paulo, Brazil, where, on May 14th, he gave his speech "A Free Digital Society."1 The event was well attended, with universities and schools from neighboring cities having organized to shuttle their students to it by bus.

IFSP Professor José Rodolfo Beluzo, who had organized the visit, said the talk was "highly praised and helped people to reflect on the freedom of information." "It also helped us begin to reflect on the freedom of information in our school," he added.

(Copyright © 2018 Marta Kawamura Gonçalves. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

…to Campus Party, which this year was held in Salvador de Bahia, Bahia. On May 17th, he gave his free software speech1 on the main (Feel the Future) stage, to about 420 attendees…

(Copyright © 2018 Campus Party (photos by Gabriel Maciel and Rafael Martinelli). Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

…and on to Argentina, starting in Misiones Posadas, where, on May 19th, in the Sala de Prosa of the Parque del Conocimiento, he gave his speech "Software libre en la ética y la práctica"1 to an audience of about 400 people, including government officials in telecommunications and legislators from Misiones.

(Copyright © 2018 Juan José Barrientos. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

(Copyright © 2018 Alejandro Prieto. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

…to San Miguel de Tucumán, in Tucumán, and then on to Mendoza, where he spoke at the Facultad Regional Mendoza de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional. He again gave his free software speech,1 to a diverse audience of over a thousand people.

Adrián Sierra, the UTN's secretary of student affairs, who invited RMS, was pleased with the outcome, saying that, before RMS's visit, the issue of software freedom had been an "optional" one, and that, after his visit, it was clear to university authorities that using free software was about guaranteeing freedom, sovereignty and was a moral duty for an educational institution. He added, "All the IT labs provide the option of running GNU/Linux and the Centro de Copiado Autogestionado of the Centro de Estudiantes runs and develops free software exclusively."

(Copyright © 2018 Lucas Sing. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

Before the speech started, the UTN, which forms half of Argentina's engineers, granted RMS the title of honorary professor, its highest distinction.

(Copyright © 2018 Lucas Sing. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

(Copyright © 2018 Pablo Cerezo. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

…to the Centro Cultural Teatrino de la Trapalanda, in Río Cuarto, Córdoba, where he gave his speech "Sociedad digital libre,"1 on May 26th. RMS drove home the point:

Any school level should teach only free software, because a school's social mission is to educate citizens of a society that is capable, strong, independent, caring, and free. Because to teach a proprietary program is a way of implanting dependence in the future. It's like teaching to smoke tobacco.

(Copyright © 2018 Lucas Bellomo. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

…to the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, where, on May 28th, he spoke at the Instituto Universitario de la Policía Federal (IUPFA), giving his speech "Software libre: Soberanía e independencia tecnológica."

(Copyright © 2018 IUPFA. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

…and, on May 30th, at the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación Floreal Gorini, where people came to hear him give his speech "Copyright vs. Comunidad."1

(Copyright © 2018 Cristian Segarra. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

…to La Plata, Buenos Aires, where he spoke at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNP), on May 31st.

(Copyright © 2018 Dirección de Innovación Tecnologica y Cadenas Productivas of the UNP. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

He finished with speeches in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, on June 2nd, and then, back in Brazil, in Pato Branco, Paraná, on June 4th and, finally, in São Paulo, on June 6th. Much work remains to be done; however, the trip did much to increase the public's awareness of the importance of computer-user freedom. Commenting on the situation in Brazil, Alexandre Oliva, founding member of Free Software Foundation Latin America and the 2017 winner of the FSF's Award for the Advancement of Free Software concluded,

Last decade, free software had a lot of exposure and support in Brazilian governments, from federal to municipal. This declined significantly in the present decade: as the government tides turned, the movement lost many influential positions and even activists who moved on. Those of us who remained need to prepare the next generation of activists, focusing on the young. They might seem lost to anti-social networks, mobile phone cells and idIoT surveillance devices, but these are all additional reasons to inform them and urge them to join the resistance. Having RMS around to draw their attention to these issues is invaluable!

We hope you will join the movement!

Thank you to everyone who made all these trips possible! A special thanks to Alexandre for, among other things, making the Araraquara and São Paulo speeches possible, and to Javier Barcena for all his help on the Argentinian side.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can inform you about future events in and around Araraquara, Misiones Posadas, Tucumán, Mendoza, Río Cuarto, Buenos Aires and La Plata, Mar del Plata, Pato Branco, and São Paulo, all of which RMS visited on this trip.

Please see for a full list of all of RMS's confirmed engagements,
and contact if you'd like him to come speak.

1. The recording will soon be posted on our audio-video archive.
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