A Free Digital Society
20 Jun 2012
Dr Richard Stallman, Free Software Movement, will discuss his ideas on Tuesday 26 June (5-6.30pm) in Theatre A, Roscoe Building.
After the Turing 100 conference (22-25 June 2012), Dr Richard Stallman, Free Software Movement, will discuss ideas on A Free Digital Society (or What Makes Digital Inclusion Good or Bad?).
Activities directed at 'including' more people in the use of digital technology are predicated on the assumption that such inclusion is invariably a good thing. It appears so, when judged solely by immediate practical convenience.
However, if we also judge in terms of human rights, whether digital inclusion is good or bad depends on what kind of digital world we are to be included in. If we wish to work towards digital inclusion as a goal, it behoves us to make sure it is the good kind.
Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today.
Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.
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