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LibrePlanet free software conference returns to MIT this weekend, March 25-26

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Mar 21, 2017 03:40 PM
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, March 21, 2017 -- This weekend, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and MIT's Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) collaborate to bring the LibrePlanet free software conference to Cambridge, March 25-26, 2017, 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 2017 will feature sessions for all ages and experience levels.

In accordance with the theme "The Roots of Freedom," the conference's sessions will examine the roots of the free software movement, including the Four Freedoms, the GNU General Public License and copyleft, and the community's focus on security and privacy protections. Other sessions will explore new ideas and current work that has arisen from those roots, reaching in to activism, the arts, business, and education.

Keynote speakers include Kade Crockford, Director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and author Cory Doctorow, Changeset Consulting founder Sumana Harihareswara, and Free Software Foundation founder and president Richard Stallman.

This year's LibrePlanet conference will feature over 50 sessions, such as The secret life of the bitcoin blockchain, SecureDrop: Leaking safely to modern news organizations, and Accessibility, free software and the rights of people with disabilities, as well as workshops covering digital security for beginners, an introduction to the Ansible tool for system administrators, and an in-depth look at how to create reproducible software packages.

"The LibrePlanet conference has expanded over the years, from a relatively small meeting of Free Software Foundation members to a two-day conference with social gatherings, the contributions of dozens of speakers and volunteers, and hundreds of people exploring free software," said Georgia Young, program manager at the Free Software Foundation. "This year, people have the opportunity to do lots of hands-on learning, self-organize conversations about free software topics they're interested in, and even give an impromptu lightning talk. Whether grappling with worldwide concerns or using free software tools for the first time, there are lots of different ways to explore the roots of software freedom here."

Due to high demand, advance registration is closed, but attendees may register in person at the event. For those who cannot attend, this year's sessions will be streamed at and recordings will be available after the event at

About LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is the annual conference of the Free Software Foundation, and is co-produced by MIT's 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 and students. Sign up for announcements about the LibrePlanet conference.

LibrePlanet 2016 was held at MIT from March 19-20, 2016. About 400 attendees from all over the world came together for conversations, demonstrations, and keynotes centered around the theme of "Fork the System." You can watch videos from past conferences at, including the opening keynote, a conversation with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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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