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Thursday, June 13 • 11:15am - 11:35am
KEYNOTE - Free Software: Mainstream in Industry, What About Society

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Throughout history technology has influenced society. Reading, writing, arithmetic, agriculture, printing and radio are all examples of developments that changed the way we interact through trade, art and science. The most important cultural technology of the 21st century is software. It runs our workplaces, laptops, mobile phones as well as less obvious places like trains, cars, televisions, washing-machines, fridges, and many other devices. Today it depends on software how the government can implement laws, who will be able to join which university or job, or if and how long people might end up in jail. As people and companies who create software, we should consider how our actions influence the distribution of power in our society — and thereby our democracy.

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Matthias Kirschner

President, Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)
Matthias Kirschner is President of FSFE. In 1999 he started using GNU/Linux and realised that software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives. Matthias is convinced that this technology has to empower society not restrict it. While studying Political and Administrative Science... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 11:15am - 11:35am PDT
Orange Gardens Hello Lab 44 Avenue de la République, 92320 Châtillon