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Prospects for free software and free culture in the workplace

Mustafa Shameem

One avenue for advancing free software and free culture is the workplace. It's the one place where we spend a substantial (if not the majority) of our time, have potential access to large audiences, funds, and resources. The talk explores free software, free culture, and the prospects for both in the workplace. Questions explored include: What kind of workplaces are amenable to free software? What is the impact of the current economic trends (increasing job insecurity, short work tenure, stagnating wages, and increasing hours worked)? How is free software leveraged in environments where workers have limited control or agency? What is the impact of wide scale adoption and intensifying of 'stick' models of employee management in place of cooperative models?


2 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.