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Speaking Topic: The Age of Literate Machines: A Visionary Look at Free Software
Zak Greant's love of Free Software and Open Source is turning him into a penguin. The only visible changes (so far) are a gradual accumulation of blubber, a loss of hair (which he hopes is the prelude to feather growth) and a growing preference for raw fish. When not practicing how to waddle or wear a tuxedo, he passes the time by running the Foo Associates strategic consultancy and by working with various Free Software and Open Source projects and companies.
AbstractThis presentation will provide a visionary look at Free Software, one that explains what Free Software means to our global culture, how it relates to our past and why it is a critical part of our future. Along the way, we'll visit ancient god-kings and accountants, long-dead muftis and heretics, French inventors and monopolist printing guilds.
The major topics covered will be:
- What Free Software is
- Why Free Software matters
- A brief history of human communication, computer and civil liberties
- Why Free Software is an essential human freedom