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[GNU/FSF Press] Press release: FSF announces details of its Annual Meeti

From: Peter Brown
Subject: [GNU/FSF Press] Press release: FSF announces details of its Annual Meeting
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2007 10:39:29 -0500

Boston, Massachusetts, USA---Wednesday, March 7th 2007---The Free
Software Foundation announced details for its annual associate member
and activist meeting to be held at MIT, Cambridge, MA, on Saturday,
March 24th, 2007.

Keynote speakers Richard Stallman (FSF president) and Eben Moglen (FSF
director and legal counsel) will each address the "Year of the Upgrade"
theme, looking at what issues will demand the free software movement's
attention after the new version of the GNU General Public License
(GPLv3) is released.

This year's meeting will have the ceremony for the FSF's annual free
software awards, where winners of the "Award for the Advancement of Free
Software" and the "Award for Projects of Social Benefit" will be
announced and recognized.  Previous winners have included community
luminaries like Andrew Tridgell, Theo de Raadt and Alan Cox and the
community project Wikipedia.

The meeting will also feature practical discussion among FSF members and
its board of directors about ways to increase free software adoption and
strengthen the free software movement. Staff members will discuss
current FSF campaigns and projects, eliciting feedback and input to
shape plans for the coming year.

Peter Brown, FSF executive director said, "The FSF has had a busy year
revising the GNU General Public License and campaigning successfully
against Digital Restrictions Management. We see 2007 as a year of
opportunity to significantly increase free software adoption, and our
annual meeting will help us develop our priorities for the year ahead".

Now in its fifth year, this annual gathering has become a sounding board
for activities of the Foundation, and a place to develop ideas with the
free software community. As part of an interactive "Members Forum"
session, Benjamin "Mako" Hill, activist and researcher at MIT's Media
Lab, will speak about the impact of free software philosophy on
copyright and culture in a presentation called "Defining Free Culture".

The full schedule of speakers and details for registration and attendees
is published at

About the Free Software Foundation:

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting
computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute
computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as
in freedom) software - particularly the GNU operating system and its
GNU/Linux variants - and free documentation for free software. The FSF
also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of
freedom in the use of software. Their web site, located at,
is an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to
support their work can be made at Their
headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

Media Contact: John Sullivan Free Software Foundation <address@hidden>
Phone: +1-617-542-5942 

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