A Free Digital Society, a Quello Lecture by Richard Stallman


March 11th, 2017

April 11, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CAS 145
404 Wilson Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
Anne Marie Salter

A Free Digital Society

Quello Lecture by Dr Richard Stallman


There are many threats to freedom in the digital society. They include massive surveillance, censorship, digital handcuffs, nonfree software that controls users, and the War on Sharing. Other threats come from use of web services. Finally, we have no positive right to do anything in the Internet; every activity is precarious, and can continue only as long as companies are willing to cooperate with it.

Biographical Sketch

Richard Stallman

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

A flyer for this event is here: RMS

Richard Stallman will be bringing material from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), so bring
cash if you’d like to buy FSF merchandise! This is one concrete way to support the foundation.


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