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A Free Digital Society: An Evening with Richard Stallman

This event will be streamed LIVE at: www.HuffingtonPost.com/code


UPDATE: Given all the interest in Dr. Stallman's talk, we've opened up extra seating and set up a simulcast just across the street. Please try to arrive early: all unclaimed seats will be opened to the public when the event begins.


The NY Tech MeetupHuffPost Code, and Cooper Union are delighted to present a talk by Dr. Richard Stallman, the founder of the GNU project (a free software, mass collaboration project) and president of the Free Software Foundation.


"A Free Digital Society"

Dr. Stallman will address the many threats to freedom in our digital society. He'll focus on issues of digital surveillance that undermine the foundations of democracy, including massive surveillance, censorship, digital handcuffs, non-free software that controls users, and the ‘War on Sharing’. 

The event will be held at The Great Hall in Cooper Union's Foundation Building on East Seventh Street between Third and Fourth Avenues.


About Dr. Stallman

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) 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 the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. 

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  • tcz

    It was a rare chance to hear how a person defends freedom. Ideas were clearly explained.

    February 22, 2014

  • Brandon D.

    This event will be streamed LIVE at: www.HuffingtonPost.com/code

    February 20, 2014

    • matthew

      Ditto.

      February 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Same here

      February 21, 2014

  • polina

    Listening to Richard Stallman. Love the philosophical ideal: the four freedoms of software; not limited to openness, but guaranteed digital freedom

    2 · February 21, 2014

  • Bilal A

    Dr. Stallman was eccentric, but his views on free software and a free digital society reverberated loud. The talk was very informative, for newbies and GNU experts alike.

    1 · February 20, 2014

    • Brandon D.

      Thanks for the kind words! It was definitely an eccentric talk -- I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      February 21, 2014

  • Sean D.

    Very interesting talk. I never realized that there is a vision behind "free software" - users controlling software instead of the reverse. This seems to have been lost with the more purely pragmatic "open source" term. The goals of the free software movement seem to be, for access and sharing, analogous with the dreams, for content, of pioneers like Englebart and Kay/Xerox Parc

    2 · February 21, 2014

  • ben

    Does anyone know if it has begun? Huffington post's feed is blank, and when I click the direct video url I get an error.

    February 20, 2014

  • Ilana

    Livestream is now available here:
    www.huffingtonpost.com/code

    February 20, 2014

  • Giordano H.

    Yerr

    February 20, 2014

  • mark p.

    is it true you don't have to have a huge beard to attend, but it doesn't hurt?

    February 20, 2014

    • Joshua M.

      It's not required. It's just an indicator of how many days you've spent lost in the lower levels of your computer without conveniences like razors.

      February 20, 2014

  • Larry C.

    Rec'd email of welcome with calendar note, but no ticket of any kind.

    February 20, 2014

  • Thomas K.

    I got a mail from the organizer asking me to print my ticket (I am actually a +1), but the link "Print ticket" leads me to a page about the event, not something printable saying that I have a ticket...

    2 · February 20, 2014

    • Thomas K.

      Brandon, our organiser sent me an email saying this behaviour is normal, we should print this.

      2 · February 20, 2014

    • Ayauhtli O.

      Weird.

      February 20, 2014

  • anna z.

    I was bumped off the waitlist - thanks but is there a way to do a +1 rsvp?

    February 20, 2014

  • Robert C.

    Was bumped up off the wait list in the NYTM event. Thanks!

    1 · February 20, 2014

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