Computing, Freedom and Privacy

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 6:00pm
Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman started the free software movement in 1983.  He initiated development of the GNU operating system which anyone can freely copy and distribute.  Combined with the program Linux, GNU is used on millions of computers.  Among his prizes and honorary doctorates is a MacArthur Fellowship, Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and induction into the Internet Hall of Fame.

In this interview on Singularity Weblog, Dr. Stallman explains “how nonfree software and online dis-services impose their control on us, and some specific kinds of wrong they are designed to do.”  A key initiator of the free software movement and founder of the Free Software Foundation explains what we must do to take back control.

Given challenges to net neutrality, press freedom, and to our own freedom and privacy, the stakes we face in using the internet are enormous.

 

Upcoming Forums & Films

Monday, July 22, 2024 - 1:00pm
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Robert Meeropol
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71 years after the U. S. Government executed Ethel and Julius Rosenberg on charges of “conspiring to steal the secret of the atomic bomb,” is Ethel Rosenberg finally about to be exonerated?

Robert Meeropol, the younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, was six years old in 1953 when his parents were executed. In the 1970s, he... Read more

Monday, August 5, 2024 - 1:00pm
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Book Party
Cynthia Yoder
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Cynthia Yoder's memoir tells her story of working in a new university in Palestine during a time of political strife and upheaval. She describes the joys of life in Palestine against the backdrop of military occupation and the second intifada, which began soon after she arrived in 2000. Rather than give political analysis, the book... Read more

Monday, August 12, 2024 - 1:00pm
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Vijay Prashad
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Each year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) releases its World Migration Report.  In 2000, it wrote that “it is estimated that there are more migrants in the world than ever before.” Between 1985 and 1990, the IOM calculated, that the rate... Read more