Chennai Hosts the 2nd National Conference on Free Software
The 2nd National Conference of Free Software Movement of India (FSMI), which is one of the biggest gatherings of free software activists, developers, hackers, geeks and students in India, will be held in Chennai from January 26-29, 2017. The event will be hosted by Free Software Foundation Tamil Nadu (FSFTN) and BS Abdur Rahman University, one of the most reputed universities in Chennai. would be the venue for this event.
FSMI has made significant interventions in the campaign against Facebook’s “Free Basics” internet service, to safeguard the “Net Neutrality”; which means having a free internet and stop the balkanisation of the internet. Facebook received severe criticism from various sections including political parties for their promotion of Free Basics. After a consultation paper, which resulted in receiving lakhs of emails against Facebook, TRAI had to arrive at a decision to uphold the Net Neutrality.
“This landmark conference in Chennai will be an occasion to have an exchange of the activities and discuss the trajectory of the movement and the new challenges faced by the community. FSMI and its member organisations, developers and networks will discuss and deliberate on the way forward with the inputs of experts, policy makers, hacktivists and community leaders from across the world.” the press note stated.
FSMI is a national coalition of various regional and sectoral free software movements operating in different parts of India. The founding conference was held in Bangalore in 2010. Sixteen Free Software Movements (FSMs) working in various states and sectors came together and decided to form a National coalition of FSMs in that two-day National conference in Bangalore. The conference was attended by 286 delegates from all over the country. The total participants in the conference, including the delegates are 1826. This is so far the highest number of participation in a free software event in the country. Eighteen parallel sessions that deal with the policy issues, free software models and more.
“FSMI appeals to all the member organisations, donors, patron and all democratic-minded sections of the society to come forward and extend full support to Free Software Foundation Tamil Nadu (FSFTN) in hosting the conference,” the Free Software activists from FSMI requested.
FSMI stands for taking forward the free software and its ideological implications to all corners of the nation from the developed domains to the underprivileged, creating awareness about free software, work towards the usage of free software in all streams.