BLUG 18. Oktober 2012 – All watched over by machines of loving grace?

Bergen (BSD and) Linux User Group fortsetter møteserien “Last Thursday”,

OBS: midt i måneden denne gangen!
The lecture will be given in English.

Torsdag 18. Oktober 2012 kl 19
Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek
Strømgaten 6, 5015 Bergen[1],

med temaet
“All watched over by machines of loving grace?”,
ved Karsten Gerloff from Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)

Computers are woven into the fabric of our daily lives. They are the machines we use to create knowledge, they let us talk and write to each other, they are the cars, trains and planes that we use to move around.

Computers are so tremendously useful because they are general purpose machines. We routinely use them to create and do things that the people who built them never dreamed of.

Yet we are in the middle of an intense battle for control of these computers. Corporations are busy turning general purpose computers into mere shopping devices. Instead of choosing our destiny, we only get to choose our masters.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Are we heading for a world of corporate surveillance, where our choices will be bought and sold? Or are we going to create a world where we live in freedom and take charge of our lives?

BLUG welcome Karsten Gerloff from Free Software Foundation Europe, whose work focuses on technology and politics in the EU. FSFE’s mission as an independent not-for-profit organisation is to promote freedom in the information society through Free Software.

Featured image credits: CC: BY Tim Simpson on Flickr