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Platform cooperativism, surveillance capitalism, predictive analysis, and you

Micky Metts, Keegan Rankin, Chris Thompson


Our data makes us unique. How can we own our data? Are we more powerful if we align into groups? How do we own the software platforms we use? How does cooperative development work? How do we share work on large projects? Why and how will free software help us in this era of surveillance? There are so many questions, and very little time for us to come up with solutions or responses. The tech industry has all but left free software in the dust, while spreading malware and using disingenuous advertising campaigns. We can find ways to build the future with free software, but we also need to raise awareness. Although free software is not the answer to all of society's problems, it plays a huge role in how much control we have over our own data and our own future as citizens and as workers.



3 years, 7 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


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.