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On the road with RMS

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Jun 13, 2019 04:27 PM

FSF founder and president Richard Stallman (RMS) continued traveling the world this past semester, to raise awareness of free software. He visited twenty-two cities, in eight countries across three continents, taking part in two panels and giving a total of twenty-eight speeches, ten of them part of larger events.

Starting out in Europe, in November, he spoke twice (in Burgos and in Madrid, both in Spain) at the III Foro de la Cultura, a forum for examining "the ethical and moral issues around technology" and the need for human beings to "defend [their] values in the face of the increasing power of the machine." Then, in Amsterdam, he took part in the year's edition of the Stichting Nationaal Informatica Congres (SNiC), SingularIT, at which the speakers shared "how their field [would] be affected by technology that [was] smarter than humanity." RMS delivered a speech on whether we should "have more surveillance than the USSR." Back in Spain, he gave a couple of freestanding speeches, in Burjassot and in Valladolid, and spoke at LibreCon and at ConsulCon, in Bilbao and Madrid, respectively.

In January, RMS went to India, where he gave speeches in New Delhi, Kozhikode, Thiruvanamthapuram, and Bengaluru. He also took part in the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF), in Kozhikode, and in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an art exhibition and festival that is part of the KLF. Finally, in Mandya, he took part in the inauguration of this year's Free Software Movement Karnataka Camps (FSMK Camps), a five-day training program for students to learn how to adopt free software and help their schools transition to using it.

Back in North America, in February, he spoke at York University, in Toronto, Canada; in the United States, at Montana State University, in Bozeman; and, back in Boston, at LibrePlanet 2019, he both spoke and presented the Free Software Awards, as is custom.

In March and April, RMS was back in Europe for a series of talks in France and Switzerland. He started out in Rennes, at inOut, an event that "explores new mobility solutions," and at which he had spoken last year as well. He took part in a panel focused on anonymous transportation. He then gave freestanding speeches at the University of Rennes and in Anthy-sur-LĂ©man, before giving several speeches in Switzerland, in Geneva, Grandvaux, Bern, Gland, and Lausanne.

He finished up stateside, in April, with an event at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, on Long Island, in New York.

See for a list of RMS's confirmed engagements. If you would like to extend him a speaking invitation, write him at Please send us any photographs you would like us to share on his blog, at, or recordings of his speeches for our audio-video archive, at

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