Distinguished Lecture

A Free Digital Society

Richard Stallman

President and Founder
Free Software Foundation
Thursday, January 17, 2013
4:15pm - 5:30pm
Stamps Auditorium

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Please note: The seminar will begin at 4:15 p.m.

About the Event

Activities directed at "including'' more people in the use of digital technology are predicated on the assumption that such inclusion is invariably a good thing. It appears so, when judged solely by immediate practical convenience. However, if we also judge in terms of human rights, whether digital inclusion is good or bad depends on what kind of digital world we are to be included in. If we wish to work towards digital inclusion as a goal, it behooves us to make sure it is the good kind.


Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.

Additional Information

Contact: Cindy Estell

Phone: 764-6744

Email: cestell@umich.edu

Sponsor(s): CSE

Open to: Public

Video: https://www.eecs.umich.edu/cse/DLS_videos/2013-01-17_Stallman.ogv