LibrePlanet 2021 – Online March 20-21, 2021

Updated on 05 March 2021 to include latest programme information.

From the website: “LibrePlanet is the annual conference hosted by the Free Software Foundation. LibrePlanet provides an opportunity for community activists, domain experts, and people seeking solutions for themselves to come together in order to discuss current issues in technology and ethics. The theme for LibrePlanet 2021 is Empowering Users.”

The programme schedule is available here

The keynote sessions will address the need for public funding for free software projects globally (Julia Reda) and the work of the Guardian Project (Nathan Freitas). Another keynote speaker has been announced: Nadya Peek will speak about machine automation designs and how these can be built and customized by individuals.

There is a lot to choose from but I am particularly interested in the 6 talks relating to Free Software in Education: including topics such as gamifying education with free software (Giselle Jhunjhnuwala & Charlie Koch), learning to code and emancipatory political action (Tech Learning Collective), the digital divide in education with free software and hardware (Sripath Roy Koganti), freedom and privacy at stake in remote education (Javier Sepulveda Sanchis), paperless open marking with free software (Victoria Schuster, Dryden Wiebe & Vala Vakilian) and the state of free and proprietary software in schools (Mariah Villarreal).

I’m also interested in Amin Bandali’s talk on Jami, “…the free software for universal communication which respects the freedoms and privacy of its users.”, Mike Gerwitz’s talk on the challenges of adopting free software ideals, and of course, Richard Stallman’s talk “Unjust computing encroaches on life”!!

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