LibrePlanet free software conference coming to MIT March 21-22

Organized around the theme “Free Software Everywhere,” the conference’s sessions touch on the many places and ways in which free software is used around the world, as well as ways to make free software ubiquitous. Keynote speakers include Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman, Software Freedom Conservancy executive director Karen Sandler, and University of Washington professor Benjamin Mako Hill.

This year’s LibrePlanet conference will feature over 30 sessions, such as Attribution revolution — turning copyright upside-down, Fighting surveillance with a free, distributed, and federated net, and Librarians fight back: free software solutions for digital privacy, as well as a hands-on workshop showing participants how to replace even the low-level proprietary software on laptops with something that respects their freedom.

“If you’re bothered by the loss of control over your computer and cell phone and all your digital information, and want to know what you can do about it, come to LibrePlanet. The LibrePlanet program is full of presenters who are working from a variety of disciplines to protect our freedom, privacy, and security as computer users,” said Libby Reinish, a campaigns manager at the Free Software Foundation.

Online registration for LibrePlanet 2015 is now open; attendees may also register in person at the event.

About LibrePlanet

LibrePlanet is the annual conference of the Free Software
Foundation, and is co-produced by the Student Information Processing Board. What was once a small gathering of FSF members has grown
into a larger event for anyone with an interest in the values of
software freedom. LibrePlanet is always gratis for associate members
of the FSF. To sign up for announcements about LibrePlanet 2015, visit

LibrePlanet 2014 was held at MIT from March 22-23,
2014. Over 350 attendees from all over the world came together for
conversations, demonstrations, and keynotes centered around the theme
of “Free Software, Free Society.” You can watch videos from past conferences at

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to
promoting computer users’ right to use, study, copy, modify, and
redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and
use of free (as in freedom) software — particularly the GNU operating
system and its GNU/Linux variants — and free documentation for free
software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and
political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites,
located at and, are an important source of information
about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF’s work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for
journalists and publishers, is at

Media Contact

Libby Reinish
Campaigns Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942

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