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Software Freedom Day


• Thank you RED HAT for sponsoring coffee in the morning!

• Thank you RACKSPACE for sponsoring post-event drinks at The Tasty Burger!

• Small schedule tweaks.

Learn more about free software and catch up on current issues!

Software Freedom Day is celebrated all over the world. We'll be talking about privacy, government transparency and user freedoms online. You'll hear updates from local groups and voices from the wider free software movement. Expect learning, celebrating and plenty of networking. This event is free and open to the public!


9:30 - 10:00 Coffee and networking - Thank you to Red Hat for sponsoring!

10:00 - 11:00 Protect Your Privacy in the Digital Age
Presenter: Steve Revilak, Massachusetts Pirate Party

11:15 - 12:15 A Post-Prism Journey Outside the Big Twelve Social Media Platforms
Presenter: Will Rico, LibrePlanet Boston

12:30 - 2:00 Tables: Hacker/Maker show and tell, User groups
Plus lunch on your own

2:00 - 2:30 Cake for the GNU 30th Anniversary

2:30 - 3:00 GNU 30 Years
Presenter: Libby Reinish, Free Software Foundation

3:00 - 3:45 Government Transparency
Presenter: Paul Tagliamonte, Sunlight Foundation

4:00 - 4:45 Lightning Talks (x8)
Jason Pramas, Digital Media Conference
Molly DeBlanc, Free Software for the non-tehnical user
Spots available (sign up now or morning of event)

5:00 - 5:30 Closing keynote on Technology and Dystopia
How Free Software Could Save the World
Presenter: Deb Nicholson of Open Invention Network and GNU MediaGoblin

6:00    Join us for after-event drinks and food at The Tasty Burger in Harvard Square. Thank you to Rackspace for sponsoring!

Please note some agenda items are subject to change or move around.  Please check back here for up-to-date information.

We'd Love to See You

Our meetup group is helping organize Software Freedom Day and it would be wonderful to see as many of our member in attendance, along with family and friends.  I expect this to be a truly enjoyable experience for everyone: welcoming to old FOSS friends reconnecting, new people being introduced to free software, and everyone in between.

We'd Love to Hear From You - Lightening Talks

If you'd like to give a lightening talk, please sign up during coffee & networking (9:30 - 10am).  If you have any questions about lightening talks or the event in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Volunteering Opportunities

We'd love to have a couple of volunteers to assist with signing people in and pointing them to the right direction.  If interested, please contact me.

Free as in Freedom and Beer

There is no charge for this event.  Bring friends.  Spread the word.


Cambridge College (1000 Mass Ave) is close to the Harvard Square stop on the MBTA Red Line and accessible by the #1 bus. Lunch is on your own, but coffee will be provided.

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