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November 2016: Photos from European Dialogues, Pamplona, San Sebastián

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Dec 25, 2016 11:04 PM

RMS was in Pamplona on November 22nd, to give his speech “​El software Libre para tu privacidad y tu control de tu informática,” as part of European Dialogues, a project "designed to foment and promote reflection and debate," a "space in which the citizenry can gather and exchange ideas." The talk was in Spanish, with simultaneous translation into Basque, and took place in the Baluarte Sala de Cámara, before over 350 people—students, alumns, politicians, representatives of nongovernment organizations, and professionals.

Two days later, again as part of European Dialogues, RMS gave the same speech at the San Telmo museum in San Sebastián.”1

(Photos under CC BY-SA 3.0 and courtesy of European Dialogues.)

Katerina Yiannibas, Globernance (one of the sponsors of the talk and an institution for democratic governance) Project Manager and Director of European Dialogues, remarked:

The relationship between a European citizen and an ever increasingly complex stack of local, regional, national, and supranational governance merits a more diligent consideration of fundamental values and liberties. We invited Richard Stallman to join our debate and speak on the issue of privacy and one's control over one's data. The recent reform of EU data-protection rules shows that there is more work to be done to protect our individual liberty. Mr. Stallman, in an informative yet surprisingly entertaining intervention, reminded us that maintaining democracy and protecting the right to protest requires individual privacy vis-a-vis the State. The message he left us with was that we needn't become a hero, just less of a coward.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can inform you about future events in and around Pamplona and San Sebastián. Please see for a full list of all of RMS's confirmed engagements, and contact if you'd like him to come speak.

Thank you to the organizers for having hosted RMS!

1. The recording of RMS's San Sebastián is available here
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