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'Free as in Freedom' miniconf Call for Participation (CfP)

Are the original ideals that motivated the free software movement still relevant today? What makes Wikipedia a truly "free" encyclopedia? How are governments licensing public sector information? Is having an "open source" Facebook or Skype important? How do the current copyright and patents systems affect innovation and digital culture? How can educational resources be pooled and shared more effectively? Does citizen journalism matter? How are open access policies changing academic publishing? What are the potential pitfalls of all these trends towards "openness"?

The Free as in Freedom miniconf, running for the first time in January 2009 at in Hobart, Tasmania, invites speakers to answer these questions, and more.


Sessions are invited on any of the following topics, or related ones that you may devise:

  • Free software movement's history and evolution
  • Free hardware
  • Free documentation
  • Free network services
  • Open standards
  • Copyright/legal reform
  • Free/open licensing schemes
  • Participatory culture
  • Open knowledge
  • Projects to develop free cultural works
  • Government initiatives in relation to licensing/availability of public sector information
  • Initiatives of cultural institutions regarding access to cultural works
  • Open access initiatives
  • Open educational resources

This is not a comprehensive list - talks on related topics are also encouraged. Talks may be overviews, case studies, stories of personal experience, etc. They may be focused on technical, legal or social/community aspects, or a mix. Talks that relate multiple topics are especially welcome.


Submissions are welcome for 25 or 50 minute slots (including question time). If there is sufficient interest a lightning session of 5 minute presentations may also be held.

Presenters are encouraged to publish and license any submission and/or their slides under a free content license, e.g. CC-BY-SA, CC-BY, public domain dedication.

Important: Please note that in order to give a presentation or attend the miniconf you must be signed up for the main conference. Presenting at the miniconf does not entitle you to discounted or free registration at the main conference nor priority with registration.

Note: Miniconf speakers can access free day passes to the miniconf days (Monday and Tuesday). This does not give them access to the main conference. If miniconf speakers wish to attend the main conference they must register like everyone else.. :)


  • 6 Oct 2008 - Submissions open
  • 31 Oct 2008 - Early submissions close
  • 7 Nov 2008 - Notification for early submissions
  • 10 Nov 2008 - Final submissions close
  • 20 Nov 2008 - Final miniconf programme confirmation

Making a submission

Email with the subject "Free as in Freedom miniconf" or similar. In the email please include

  • your talk title and description/abstract
  • your preferred talk length (25/50min)
  • your name and relevant experience/qualifications (for organisers only)
  • your preferred contact details
  • any other requests or information relevant to your proposed talk.

Submissions made by October 31st will be notified by November 7th. Submissions made between October 31st and November 10th will be notified by November 20th.

Further information

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Any unanswered questions can be asked via .

Thank you dear speakers!

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