Boston Software Freedom Day (2013)

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Software Freedom Day 2013, in Boston

Everyone is Welcome

At this year's Software Freedom Day, we will be talking about privacy, government transparency and user freedoms online. You'll hear updates from local groups and voices from the wider free software movement. Expect learning, celebrating and plenty of networking. This event is free and open to the public!

Everyone is welcome: old FOSS friends reconnecting, new people being introduced to free software for the first time, and everyone in between.


On Saturday, September 21:

  • 9:30 - 10:00 Coffee and networking. Thank you to Red Hat for sponsoring!
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Protect Your Privacy in the Digital Age, Presenter: Steve Revilak, Massachusetts Pirate Party
  • 11:15 - 12:15 A Post-Prism Journey Outside the Big Twelve Social Media Platforms, Presenter: Will Rico, LibrePlanet Boston
  • 12:30 - 2:00 Tables & Lunch: Hacker/Maker show and tell, Parts and Crafts, User groups + lunch on your own
  • 2:00 - 2:30 Cake for the GNU 30th Anniversary
  • 2:30 - 3:00 GNU 30 Years, Presenter: Libby Reinish, Free Software Foundation
  • 3:00 - 3:45 Government Transparency, Presenter: Paul Tagliamonte, Sunlight Foundation
  • 4:00 - 4:45 Lightning Talks,
    • Jason Pramas, Digital Media Conference
    • Molly DeBlanc, Free Software for the non-technical user
    • Nick Montfort, Popular Programming and Free Software Prehistory
    • Chris Johnson
    • Kendra Moyer
    • John Mark Walker
    • Saul Tannenbaum, Meet sqrrl: The Cambridge company commercializing the NSA's surveillance enabling open-source software
    • Albert Willis
    • Martin Owens, I'm a Free Software Developer
    • Erick Rosales, Proyecto Juan Chacon
    • Langdon White
  • 5:00 - 5:30 Closing keynote: Technology and Dystopia: How Free Software Could Save the World, Presenter: Deb Nicholson of Open Invention Network and GNU MediaGoblin
  • 6:00 Join us for after-event drinks and food at Tasty Burger in Harvard Square. Thank you to Rackspace for sponsoring!

Please note some agenda items are subject to change or move around. Please check back here for up-to-date information.


Cambridge College has graciously offered to donate space at 1000 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA. To get here:

Lightning Talks

If you'd like to give a lightening talk, please sign up during coffee & networking (9:30 - 10am).


If you have any questions about lightening talks or the event in general, please don't hesitate to Will Rico.