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Free the Future Young Hackers Keynote Panel

Alyssa Rosenzweig, Taowa, Erin Moon

The future of the free software movement depends upon the work of its youngest members, the developers and community members responsible for carrying on the legacy of its founding ideas. As all of us in the world of free software have something to learn from this generation of newcomers, the FSF will be presenting an interview panel with three rising members of the community: Alyssa Rosenzweig, Panfrost developer and former FSF intern; Taowa, the youngest (non-uploading) Debian Developer in the project's history; and Erin Moon, developer of the Rustodon implementation of ActivityPub.

The panel will focus on topics that are crucial to the movement's continuing success and "freeing the future," including keeping our focus on the principles of freedom, making a place for the youngest or historically excluded members of the community, and responding to the rise of surveillance capitalism. The panel will be moderated by Greg Farough, campaigns manager of the FSF.


2 years, 7 months ago

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LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.