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Call for Participation: FSFE Track About "Digital Education" During the Libre Software Meeting in Strasbourg, France

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From 7 to 12 July there will be the Libre Software Meeting in Strasbourg, France. The conference also known as RMLL is annualy rotating and currently the biggest Free Software event in France. This year, the main topic is "Digital Education: building captivity or new empowerment?". With the FSFE track we are looking for inspiring insights about golden cages and liberation not only in educational institutions but in our everyday lives.

FSFE at RMLL 2017
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The Free Software Foundation Europe is happy to align with Hackstub, the Strasbourg hackerspace that is organising the Libre Software Meeting 2018, and to generate an own FSFE track. With the main topic being "Digital Education: building captivity or new empowerment?" we would like to concentrate on the golden cages that surround us and that rope more and more people in every day. For us at the FSFE, digital education is not just about college education. It is also about the digital literacy we need to spread within the digital society.

We have seen a lot of new forms of social exchange and collaboration coming up in the past decade and are in a stage where there is hardly any day passing at our work place, in our social network or our daily environment that does not require the interaction with software in any form. A lot of this software is proprietary or interacts with other proprietary software. Every day, new people teach themselves or are told how to use these proprietary services - be it by order of their employer, by peer-pressure in their networks or even enforcement by administrations. In some way or the other, every day new people get their own "digital education".

In the FSFE's track we look for ways that do not rope us in but empower us instead. Free Software solutions that give us the liberty to keep sovereignty of our data, to collaborate on new technologies and to help everyone to understand the technology behind. You know about a good piece of software that other people can learn from or use in their daily interactions? You have insights on administrative or educative processes? You can explain contexts that lead to dependencies or empowerment?

Then apply for the FSFE track in one of the four categories: "Initiation", "Tech", "Society" or "Culture & Art". We are looking for talks and workshops. You can find more detailed information about the different topics on the LSM2018 pages. The deadline to apply is 30 April.

European Parliament in Strasbourg.