[Melbourne-pm] Software Freedom Day: Saturday September 15

Lev Lafayette lev at levlafayette.com
Tue Sep 4 17:10:46 PDT 2012

Linux Users of Victoria and Free Software Melbourne is hosting Software
Freedom Day in Melbourne!

At a conference dedicated to the theme of free software in a free society,
confirmed speakers include Jon Lawrence of Electronic Frontiers Australia,
Chris Samuel of the Victorian Life Sciences Initiative, Alec Clews of the
Melbourne Raspberry Jam, Andy Gleme of the Connected Community
HackerSpace, Daniel Jitnah of GreenwareIT, and Lev Lafayette of Linux
Users of Victoria. There is a possibility that Belgian social theorist
Michel Bauwens ‏will be attending.

Presentations will cover the recent Internet surveillance laws, the
importance of free software in scientific computing, new embedded
technologies and micro-computers, free software and 3D printers, free
software in education, and the business of free software.

Software Freedom Day will be opened by Dr. Alison Parkes, senior lecturer
in business information systems at the University of Melbourne, and Greens
candidate for Lord Mayor of Melbourne.

Free Software Melbourne will be hosting a games area, the One Laptop per
Child project will be present, as will the Raspberry Jam group. There will
be plenty of free software available, as well as copies of the OpenDisc.

Software Freedom Day will come with a free lunch (with open sauce!).

Software Freedom Day will be held at the Melbourne Unitarian Church hall
(110 Grey Street, East Melbourne). It's about 5 minutes from Jolimont
Station, or a brisk 10 minute walk from Parliament station. There's plenty
of parking at the site as well!

Free software has changed the world! Twenty years ago, free software
advocates took on the multi-billion proprietary operating systems in the
server, supercomputer, and mainframe world - and we won. Ten years ago, we
took on the big online encyclopaedias with a free alternative - and we
won. Now we're taking on producers themselves with three-dimensional
printers. We'll win that as well.

Come celebrate software freedom!

For more information contact Deb Henry on 0409338182

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