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November 2017: Photos from Sacramento, Innsbruck

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Dec 26, 2017 10:07 AM

Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman (RMS) was in Sacramento, California, on November 15th, as a guest of the Child Welfare Digital Services, which is a California-government project whose mission is to “fundamentally change the way state government develops software by leveraging free (libre) software, agile methodologies, and user centered design. One of the project’s main principles is to research, design, develop and operate a solution that is compatible with the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), and is thus available to be copied and used as a public good by other government agencies and the public at large.” He spoke to an audience of software developers (from Ruby on Rails, Java, PostgreSQL, amond others), state-government IT staff, and business managers were in attendance. After the speech, Tony Fortenberry, CWDS project director, said, “CWDS is committed to producing AGPL licensed free software. We believe the ethical choice is for public organizations to produce public goods. Having RMS visit our project was an honor, and has stimulated conversation with other state projects.”

(Copyright © 2017 Bill Maile. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

Later in the month, he was in Innsbruck, Austria, for a lecture series on “Challenges to learning and education in the media age” (“Herausforderungen für Lernen und Bildung im Medienzeitalter,”) at the University of Innsbruck. He gave his speech “Education, software freedom, and privacy,”1 to explain the new ways in which our computing and political freedom is being threatened to an audience of 200–300.

(Copyright © 2017 Simon Haller. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

The next day, on December 1st, still in Innsbruck, during the lecture series “Communicating with robots: Talking robots and social bots in discourse” ("Mit Computern kommunizieren: Gesprächsroboter und Social Bots im Diskurs"), he participated in the panel “Education 4.0? - Between learning bots and users' freedom, is digital inclusion desirable?”1 with Nelson Gonçalves (Portugal), Martin Bauer (Vienna), and Andrea Hemetsberger (UIBK) before an audience of over 150 people.

(Copyright © 2017 Simon Haller. Photos licensed under CC BY 4.0.)

Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible!

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