Free Speech, Free Software Across the World

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Accepted Session
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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 from 9:00 – 9:45am in Hawthorne

Excerpt

How does free software help defend free speech in repressive regimes? Danny O'Brien will draw from the records of the Committee to Protect Journalists to explore how open source can help those at the cutting edge of free expression.

Description

The Committee to Protect Journalists monitors and coordinates assistance globally for those persecuted for their reporting, newsgathering, or analysis. Last year, for the first time, their records show that half of those jailed for speaking freely worked on the Internet: as bloggers, online reporters or Web editors.

This talk draws on the current experiences of these writers and speakers in repressive regimes who use FLOSS software at the frontiers of free speech: what works, and what doesn’t. We’ll develop a TODO list: tools that currently don’t exist but which those working for free expression most desperately need. And we’ll look at newest tools within open source’s own cultural repository, from secure IM to distributed version control, and how they might be expanded and developed to enhance and defend free speech in every corner of the globe.

Speaking experience

Speaker

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    Danny O'Brien

    Committee to Protect Journalists

    Biography

    Danny O’Brien is Internet Advocacy Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists where he works to defend online reporters, bloggers, and editors from censorship and reprisal.

    Prior to joining CPJ he was an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation . He helped found the Open Rights Group , the British grassroots digital rights organization, coined the term life hack , has written and presented science and travel shows for the BBC, and once performed a one man show about the Net in London’s West End, back before everyone was doing it.

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      • Title: Free Speech, Free Software Across the World
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: Hawthorne
      • Time: 9:009:45am
      • Excerpt:

        How does free software help defend free speech in repressive regimes? Danny O’Brien will draw from the records of the Committee to Protect Journalists to explore how open source can help those at the cutting edge of free expression.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/487">Danny O&#39;Brien</a>