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The Age of Literate Machines

Emerging Topics
Location: D139/140 Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)

Each year, Zak Greant talks to thousands of people about Free Software and Open Source. Many of these people are already engaged with FOSS, using it, sharing it, building it, and advocating it. By and large though—even in the Free Software crowd—people don’t understand why FOSS really matters or how it relates to their society and our future.

This session aims to help correct this problem by providing an engaging story of how the sharing of ideas has acted to reshape our cultures and freedoms, and how FOSS is essential to both societal freedom and individual sovereignty.

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Zak Greant


Zak Greant’s love of Free Software and Open Source is turning him into a penguin. The only visible changes (so far) are a gradual accumulation of blubber, a loss of hair (which he hopes is the prelude to feather growth) and a growing preference for raw fish.

When not practicing how to waddle or wear a tuxedo, he passes the time by running the Foo Associates strategic consultancy and by working with various Free Software and Open Source projects and companies, including the Free Software Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation and the Open Source Initiative.

OSCON 2008