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Remote education: My children's freedom and privacy at stake


Javier Sepulveda Sanchis is the founder of VALENCIATECH, in Spain, which runs GNU/Linux servers using free software exclusively. Javier was a professor of computer science for over ten years, and is an avid free software activist, donating plenty of time to the GNU Project and the Asociación de Usuarios de GNU/Linux de Valencia.

When the coronavirus pandemic caused schools to switch to remote education last spring, Javier was determined to protect his children and their classmates from the abuses of proprietary videoconferencing programs. In this talk, he explains why proprietary programs like Zoom and Skype are unacceptable for use in education, and discusses his efforts to get teachers and school administrators to switch to freedom-respecting programs, including Jitsi Meet.


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.