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Four freedoms for freedom

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Sep 26, 2012 06:06 AM
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
When Oct 19, 2012

from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Where Santiago de Compostela, Spain

FSF Executive Director John Sullivan will be delivering this speech at the Libre Software World Conference 2012.

The most obvious people affected by all four of the freedoms that define free software are the programmers. They are the ones who will likely want to -- and are able to -- modify software running on their computers. But free software is a movement to advance and defend freedom for anyone and everyone using any computing device, not just programmers. In many countries now, given the ubiquity of tablets, phones, laptops and desktops, "anyone and everyone using any computing device" means nearly all citizens. But new technological innovations in these areas keep coming with new restrictions, frustrating and controlling users even while creating a perception of empowerment. The Free Software Foundation wants to gain the support and protect the interests of everyone, not just programmers. How do we reach people who have no intention of ever modifying a program, and how do we help them?

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