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.
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Thank you to the organizers for having hosted RMS!
1. The recording of RMS's San Sebastián is available here↩