Free Software: the idea, the values and where it's going

Some thoughts:


Who of you listeners owns a mobile phone? Everyone of us are carring a small computer all the time, but question is who control this device?


Why software matters?

Because there is so many computers in every home

If you don’t believe, count the amount of computers in your home…

 There is software almost “everywhere”, t.ex. fridge, there can be software inside the nowadays fridge

All these computers run by softwares.

Who control softwares controls computers.


Free software gives you four freedoms.

- freedom of use

- freedom to use or study and to understand the code

- freedom to share software

- freedom to improve


The history of free software started 1983 with practical problem; how this printer works and could it work better?


Knowledge of coding give possibility to make you own applications based on other works. 


Free softwares t.ex.:

- gimp

- firefox

- wikipedia à idea: sharing knowledge

- google

- linux



Free software is usually based on lisences like Common Creatives.


How free software works?

 Study, share and use the program as you want à  Licences say what is right and when you go to a wrong side of the law. 


Data vs. metadata

- data shows what you say and metadata says what you do.


Free software is more political than techical question.


Technology gives us possibilities. It allows many things, but not all are good.


There is no such thing as free lunch:

t.ex. facebook and google knows exactly what you are doing in internet. This is because when you visit in the net page where is facebook “like” button, facebook will register it even you don’t press the button. They make money of it.

When you use google, you sell your privacy. Be aware of that.


Good to realise what you write stays in the net.

“One day they arrested me and they showed me everything. They showed me a list of all my phone calls and they played a conversation I had with my brother. They arrested me because we talked about politics on the phone. It was the first phone I ever owned and I thought I could finally talk freely.”

-former member of an Oromo opposition party in Ethiopia, now a refugee in Kenya. May 2013.


In conclusion

à let’s try to find new ways to act freely in this new environment. 


Questions to discuss:

What is open data of the Church?

What we can share with people so that they can make applications?