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LibrePlanet free software conference coming to MIT in one week, March 19-20

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Mar 11, 2016 03:44 PM
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, March 11th, 2016 -- In just one week, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) are once again teaming up to bring the LibrePlanet free software conference to Cambridge, March 19-20, 2016, at the Stata Center at MIT. LibrePlanet is an annual conference for people who care about their digital freedoms, bringing together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and tackle challenges facing the free software movement.

LibrePlanet 2016 will feature sessions for all ages and experience levels, and a promotional video for the event has just been released.

Organized around the theme "Fork the System", the conference's sessions will examine how free software creates the opportunity of a new path for its users, allows developers to fight the restrictions of a system dominated by proprietary software by creating free replacements, and is the foundation of a philosophy of freedom, sharing, and change. Keynote speakers include NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in conversation with the ACLU's Daniel Kahn Gillmor; Open Source Initiative board president Allison Randal; Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman; and Software Freedom Conservancy executive director Karen Sandler.

This year's LibrePlanet conference will feature over 40 sessions, such as Yes, the FCC might ban your operating system, Trans Code: Free software as model & critique of diversity by transgender hackers, and Ending Online Tracking! Privacy Badger and Beyond!, as well as a hands-on workshop showing participants how to use the free software 3-D animation program Blender and a Libreboot install workshop.

"This year's LibrePlanet conference will be our biggest ever, and it's not hard to see why," said Georgia Young, program manager at the Free Software Foundation. "From the conversation with Edward Snowden, to strategy sessions aimed at helping activists use free software in their social change work, to talks encouraging free software advocacy in school and your workplace, the conference offers intriguing ways for anybody to Fork the System."

Due to high demand, advance registration is closed. Attendees may register in person at the event.

About LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is the annual conference of the Free Software Foundation, and is co-produced by the Student Information Processing Board. What was once a small gathering of FSF members has grown into a larger event for anyone with an interest in the values of software freedom. LibrePlanet is always gratis for associate members of the FSF. To sign up for announcements about LibrePlanet 2016, visit

LibrePlanet 2015 was held at MIT from March 21-22, 2015. Over 350 attendees from all over the world came together for conversations, demonstrations, and keynotes centered around the theme of "Free Software Everywhere." You can watch videos from past conferences at

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

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