Boston Software Freedom Day (2009)

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The Free Software Foundation will be hosting another Software Freedom Day event on September 19, 2009 at:

Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02111

Located in Boston's Chinatown, easily accessible to the Orange and Green T Lines

WiFi networks at this site will be open during the conference and are named:

  • sweetlemon
  • Belkin_G_Plus_MIMO_3976AE

In addition there will be 9 desktop computers running Trisquel GNU/Linux 3.0 (Dwyn).

If you have questions, please write us at

  • 10-10:30 Coffee, snacks and registration
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Updates on FSF Campaigns (our campaign staff)
  • 11:00 - 11:20 Speaking about the Women in Free Software Summit (Deborah)
  • 11:20 - 11:50 Walter Bender from Sugar Labs, re: Turtle Art
  • 11:50 - 12:10 Hacking Your Blog with Laura Quilter (Blogger and Wikipedia Administrator)
  • 12:10 - 12:30 Benjamin Mako Hill (FSF Board Member) on Antifeatures
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:10 Lightning talks (sign up here!)
    1. Joe Corneli "Towards FAIF math!"
    2. Martin Owens "Free Software Economics"
    3. Leslie Hawthorn "Empowering Youth in Free Software"
    4. Steven DuBois "GNU Generation"
    5. Harley Amunfsen "General FOSS"
    6. Nate Aune "Deliverance"
    7. MATT + MAKO - Lightning
    8. Danny Clark "The Quest for a Fully Free Laptop" (if time)
  • 2:10 - 3:10 Workshops (concurrent)
    • "Future Phone Freedom Workshop" Steve Pomeroy (MIT) and Andres Salomon (Collabora)
    • "Writing Free Software for the Web" with Matt Lee, Donald Robertson and Deb Nicholson (GNU hackers)
  • 3:10 - 3:25 Break
  • 3:25 - 4:15 Afternoon keynote
  • 4:15 - 5:00 Campaign action

About the speakers

Walter Bender is the founder and executive director of Sugar Labs, whose mission is to produce, distribute, and support the use of the free software Sugar learning platform. Bender is past-president for software and content development of One Laptop per Child, a not-for-profit association that has put free-software education tools into the hands of more than one-million children worldwide. Before taking his leave of absence from MIT, Bender was executive director of the MIT Media Laboratory, where he encouraged the use of the GPL.

Laura Quilter is a 5-year information law attorney, a 15-year librarian, and a 20-year geek. Most recently she has become a parent, and is splitting her time between coding the infant with language, writing about copyright, teaching about intellectual freedom, and geeking about. She's a wikipedia administrator and administers several wordpress blogs and multiple mediawiki installs.

Steve Pomeroy is a mobile telecommunications hacker and free software developer, exploring the new ways that we will be communicating with one another. He studied computer language construction and computer security at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently works at the MIT Mobile Experience Lab, designing and developing future interactions with mobile communication devices.

Andres Salomon is a Debian developer who focuses (these days) on hardware drivers and systems/kernel level work. He's currently employed by Collabora Ltd, where he works on phone stacks. In his free time, he likes to play with music, bees, and haskell.

Campaign Action Brainstorming

Holmes can bottom-line the second and Matt could do the first. Or... Matt could substitute a Windows7sins related campaign or anything, really.

For people with computers

Defectivebydesign tagging on the PS3 slim and Xbox Elite

  • Pass people the link that describes DbD tagging / negative reviews.
  • They search for the product
  • They start tagging.

For everybody

Videographer Dana Moser will be roving the crowd during lunch and afternoon breaks asking a couple simple questions and making videos of your responses.


  • "What do you do with free software?"
  • "Why is it important to you?"
  • "Why do you like free software?"