The Circle of HOPE (2018): "Introduction to User Freedom" (Download)
Saturday, July 21, 2018: 6:00 pm (Ritchie): If you are coding, writing, or making art or any other creative works, at some point you need to pick a license for how you want to share what you’ve done. A license represents a series of ethical, legal, and values decisions. Instead of proprietary "software" and "culture," you have "free software" and "free culture." The licenses used to accomplish this are the legal embodiment of a set of ideals represented in the four freedoms of free software. This talk will provide a historical and philosophical overview of just what it means for something to be free, why it matters, and what your responsibilities are in a world where our experiences, our selves, and our lives have become intellectual property that may not always belong to us.