A free digital society – Presentation at UCLan

Speaker: Richard Stallman, free software foundation



Date: 02 March 2011


Reception (by free ticket only – registration mandatory) 17.30 until 18.20. After 18.20 any unused spaces will be offered to the public. Lecture starts 18.30.


Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCLan (SITE MAP)

About this event

Activities directed at “including” more people in the use of digital technology are predicated on the assumption that such inclusion is invariably a good thing. It appears so, when judged solely by immediate practical convenience. However, if we also judge in terms of human rights, whether digital inclusion is good or bad depends on what kind of digital world we are to be included in. If we wish to work towards digital inclusion as a goal, it behooves us to make sure it is the good kind.

The lecture will also cover hot topics, such as the impact of recent projects such as Wikileaks, on the global digital world and wider audiences.

Speaker Biography: Richard Stallman launched the development of the GNU operating system (see ) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. 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 honorary doctorates.

This event is being produced by the IET North West LNs, BCS and LUGs and is kindly hosted by University of Central Lancashire.


Due to restrictions on accommodation size, registration for this event is MANDATORY. Registration link


Rich Grant, IET


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