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Speech by Richard M. Stallman on 5 February 2016 in Bern

29.12.2015 | von Forschungsstelle Digitale Nachhaltigkeit

Free Software Foundation founder Richard M. Stallman will speak on Friday, 5 February 2016 at University of Bern about freedom within our digital society. Sign up now with an email to


Friday, 5 February 2016, 15.00h – 17.00h
Main Building University of Bern, Aula (room 210), Hochschulstrasse 4, Bern


There are many threats to freedom in the digital society. They include massive surveillance, censorship, digital handcuffs, non-free 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.


About Dr. Richard Stallman

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system 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 Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.



In order to be prepared for a large number of attendees please sign-up
for the event with an email to rms(at) until 1 February 2016.

This event is organized by the Research Center for Digital Sustainability of the
Institute of Information Systems at the University of Bern together with

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