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Monday, October 21 • 4:50pm - 5:40pm
Lockdown: Serfs or Citizens in a Connected World? - Karsten Gerloff, Free Software Foundation Europe

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We conduct an ever greater part of our lives through computers in their various shapes. We work on Free Software not only because it's great technology. It's much more than that: A community, and a tool to empower each one of us. Yet power flows both ways, and computers also empower governments and corporations, whose interests may not be aligned with our own. Where does that leave us? What opportunities do the machines in our lives create, and how do their limitations shape the future? In this session, we will discuss the complex links between technology and political power. Are we merely serfs of one digital overlord or another? Or are we citizens of a connected world? What rules will we create for our shared future?

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Karsten Gerloff

President, Free Software Foundation Europe
Karsten Gerloff is the President of the Free Software Foundation Europe. FSFE's mission as an independent not-for-profit organisation is to promote freedom in the information society through Free Software. Karsten works together with developers, activists, business leaders and high-level... Read More →

Monday October 21, 2013 4:50pm - 5:40pm BST
Lammemuir 1

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