NEOACM and Kent State Computer Science Department are proud to bring Dr. Richard Stallman to Kent State University for the first time. Dr. Stallman's will present his non- technical speech, A Free Digital Society, that addresses the many threats to freedom in our digital society, focusing on issues of proprietary software that controls users, digital handcuffs, massive surveillance, and censorship that undermine the foundations of democracy. Dr. Stallman is a software freedom activist and the main author of the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license.
Stallman developed the GNU operating system along with a number of widely used software components including the GNU compiler collection, symbolic debugger, and Emacs installed on millions of computers today. He is also the founder and president of the Free Software Foundation. Following the speech, there will be a Q & A session with Dr. Stallman and attendees will be able to purchase his books and essays.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. This event will be held in the Kiva Auditorium on Kent State Campus 800 E Summit St, Kent, Ohio.
"If in my lifetime the problem of non-free software is solved, I could perhaps relax and write software again. But I might instead try to help deal with the world's larger problems. Standing up to an evil system is exhilarating, and now I have a taste for it." - RMSFor more information, please visit http://www.neoacmchapter.org/stallman_at_kent or http://www.meetup.com/Northeast-Ohio-ACM-Chapter-Meetup
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