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Ambjörn Elder
Day Saturday
Room AW1.125
Capacity 76
Start time 11:30
End time 12:00
Duration 00:30

The Methods of FOSS Activism

When changing laws threaten the FOSS community, it pushes back with activist campaigns lead by NGOs and non-profits. These campaigns look much like the ones conducted by other groups of activists such as the human rights network. When FOSS gets political, it typically uses a handful of common strategies. This talk will build on information gathered from interviews and other research to describe what techniques free software advocates use when they try to influence government policy. It will briefly evaluate their effect, taking examples from the ACTA campaign and from the reaction to proliferating three-strikes laws aimed at enforcing IP policy. Then it will compare with other activist projects in other fields: FOSS advocates might expand their vocabulary of political action by borrowing the approaches used in other issue areas.

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