I wanted to highlight some past LibrePlanet talks that you might be interested in!
I first attended in 2018 and it was definitely a place that made me feel welcome and like i could be part of the free software community. I still feel super betrayed by what happened this year and I’m certainly not alone but a lot of the people and organizations who have given talks are still doing great work and are worth following! This is just some highlights of talks I’ve enjoyed, but it’s a starting point! (ie I have missed cool orgs and people here, apologies, this is just a few starting points in case you’re interested)
2021, Luis Villa (Tidelift) and Katherine Maher (Wikipedia) talking about change at big values centred non-profits, very interesting stuff (I was very hopeful when I saw this talk title on the program re: the FSF situation with RMS and the board. But I should add that both of them said they wouldn’t have done this talk if they’d known about RMS coming back ahead of time. still worth a watch though!)
2021, Mariah Villarreal, some really useful thinking about the responsibility educators have towrads students, chromebooks in classrooms, etc, that certainly has relevance for libraries:
2021, Folks from Right to Repair and iFixit:
2018 and 2019:
Shauna Gordon McKeon on free software as a commons – v. useful and interesting background re: economics in terms of the “tragedy of the commons”, myths around that, and Elinor Ostrom’s work (she won a Nobel Prize)
Totally fascinating talk about free software at the Department of Defense (US):
Software freedom and health devices, from Dana Lewis working on openAPS for people with diabetes to Karen Sandler’s story of her defibrillator software: Freedom, devices, and health — GNU MediaGoblin
Karen Sandler of Software Freedom Conservancy on GPL enforcement and Outreachy
LFI’s talk of course!