Opening access to the digital means of production: free software for a more equitable economy

Sunday, June 8th, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Room 433

Free Software means Free as in Freedom. Non-free software is inherently designed to restrict control and access to software for huge profits. For nearly 30 years, the Free Software Movement has sought to fight freedom-restricting non-free software. Now that proprietary technology dominates modern life, using Free/Libre software has become essential to providing access and tools for justice movements. What important roles do Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) play in developing the New Economy? What kinds of challenges do we face when Google, Microsoft, and Facebook dominate the tech industry? These panelists will discussing the free software movement and it's vital role in creating the technological infrastructure in which a New Economy can thrive.