Speech Dr. Richard Stallman: Computing, Freedom and Privacy

Digital technology is developing in a way that increasingly threatens our freedom on our computers and on the internet. What are these threats, and what must change for the sake of freedom and privacy in the digital age? Dr. Richard Stallman, founder of the free software movement, will discuss these questions on May 15 in the Aula of the main building of the BFH-TI in Biel.

15.05.2019, 16:30-18:30 o'clock – Aula, Quellgasse 21, Biel


Dr. Richard Stallman will give a speech on the subject: “Computing, Freedom and Privacy”. He will show the political, social and technical measures that need to be taken in order to grant the freedom of users in their increasingly digitalised everyday life.

The speech will be hold in English. The subject discussed is not of a technical nature and is therefore accessible for everybody.

About the speaker

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy and redistribute it and to study and change the program in source code form. The term “free software” isn’t a reference to price, but to the freedom of everybody to work with the software as they please. For hit developments and merits around the free software movement, Richard Stallman has been awarded with several prices and honours; amongst which are the ACM Grace Hopper Award, the ACM Software and Systems Award as well as several doctorates honoris causa. Furthermore, he has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Dr. Richard Stallman
Dr. Richard Stallman

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  • Start date 15.05.2019, 16:30-18:30 o'clock
  • Place Aula, Quellgasse 21, Biel
  • Costs free