FOSSMeet 2020

FOSSMeet is an annual event at NIT Calicut that brings together the Free and Open Source Community from around the country.

FOSSMeet is the annual Free and Open source software meet at NIT Calicut. We are inviting proposals for talks and workshops at FOSSMeet 2020.

What we are looking for

At FOSSMeet, we allow the attendees(mostly students) to delve into the field of development and free software. We’re inviting proposals for lectures, demos, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and panels for FOSSMeet‘20. Separate proposals will be taken for one-hour sessions by professionals and thirty-minute talks by students. Upvotes will not be considered in the selection procedure.

Fair warning - if the contents of your session is the ‘I am feeling lucky’ result of a Google search, there is little probability of it being accepted. However, we welcome and celebrate every single proposal we receive. Do treat the above as guidelines rather than rules. Looking forward to your suggestions and seeing you folks at FOSSMeet‘20!

Note : Along with your proposal, you must send a 7-10 minute demo video (or a link to video) on any topic of your choice to us at speakers@fossmeet.in. Visit speakers.fossmeet.in for more details.

Audience

Your audience (mostly) comprises of smart GNU/Linux aware individuals.

Important dates

Call for proposals opens: February 19, 2020
Proposal and video submission deadline: March 6, 2020
Proposal acceptance: March 10, 2020
Presentation upload and dry run: March 20, 2020

Contact Us:

For more information about proposals, contact speakers@fossmeet.in.

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Anivar Aravind

@anivar

Understanding #Openwashing : The emerging threat to Software Freedom

Submitted Mar 5, 2020

“Openwashing” is a term derived from “greenwashing” to refer to dubious claims about openness. One of the best things about the free and open-source software community is that it that it’s quite resistant to deception. But what happens while the definition abuse target is not the developer and FOSS communities, but the public policy space.

Outline

A language of openness is used for the last few years by lobbying groups to hijacking the ‘open source’/’open standard’/’open content’/’open government data’/’Open data’ friendly policy space created in India by FOSS communities and other digital commons movements. These efforts resulted in a new trend of proprietory technologies and fenced access-controlled APIs marketing themselves as “Open” and as “digital public goods”, with continuous definition abuse. These closed and fenced API projects falsely themselves as ‘open protocols’ and ‘open standard’ against all definitions. Efforts to replace software freedom adoption in government with this new openwashing language is now a threat to software freedom in India & world.

The talk is in the light of Consulatation paper on “National Digital Open Ecosystem (NODE)” published by MEITY.

Speaker bio

Anivar Aravind is a public interest technologist, working at the intersection of technology, politics and digital rights. He is actively evangelizing the need of software freedom as an essential precondition to ensuring Digital rights.

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