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Around the world in (a hundred and) eighty days

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Feb 23, 2015 05:56 PM

RMS once again went all the way around the world in a hundred and eighty days this past semester, giving thirty-nine speeches in thirty-one cities across thirteen countries. In Geneva last spring, he gave a TEDx talk on free software, a pithy introduction to convince even the most skeptical holdouts of the importance of computer-user freedom.1

In the US, Taiwan, China, and Austria, he spoke at a number of institutions of higher learning, and at GNOME Asia, in Beijing, and the Central European Bitcoin Expo, in Vienna. His speaking tour through Romania and Moldova was organized by the local teams of Fundatia Ceata, a Romanian foundation promoting free software and free culture and whose launch RMS attended last year as a guest of honor. At the OWASP AppSec Europe conference, he spoke about the "freedom issues for Web sites," giving an on-stage interview and taking questions from the audience at Indie Tech, in Brighton. In France, he shared his message on how to resist surveillance at the Tails Hackfest, gave one of the keynote speeches at the Libre Software Meeting, and spoke on "free software: human rights in your computer" at the Fête de l'Humanité. He rounded out the summer by speaking at a number of universities and free software conferences in Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, and Italy.

Please write to with any photographs or recordings you would like to share or to extend an invitation for him to come speak. See for a list of his confirmed speeches or for the speech recordings we have.

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