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Who am I?
Bastien Guerry, 44yo, Free Software developer and hacktivist (bzg).
I am a GNU Emacs user since 1998 and a contributor since ~2006.
My day job is "head of the Free Software unit" within the French Inter-Ministerial Directorate for Digital Affairs.
Our mission is to convince public administrations and agencies to use more Free Software, to publish their source code under a free software license and to attract people in the administration who can help reach these two goals.
I want to convince you how this job is important for the Free Software movement in general.
As a Free Software hacktivist
- I first promoted Open Access within my lab
- We started Move Commons with some friends
- I worked for One Laptop Per Child
- I worked for Wikimedia France
- I contributed to ShareLex.org
- I launched jecode.org (now defunct)
- I started FundTheCode.org
"From counterculture to cyberculture", Fred Turner (2012)
There is a myth about the Internet revolution, one of self-organizing individuals building a free culture. Fundamental rights always evolve thanks to a cultural change within existing institutions.
What I concluded: it is important to educate and convince political parties about free software and to promote a cultural change within public administrations, because it is the best way to defend software freedom as a fundamental right.
Free software history
- 1970-1983: Prehistory
- 1983-1991: History
- 1991-1998: Build the system
- 1998-2010: Conquer the market
- 2010-2020: Enter tech giants
- 2020-2030: Enter public administrations
- Public money, public code
- Administrations are stable institutions
- Administrations serve the "public interest"
- Public sector rules favor diversity
The technical and legal fights are not enough!
Let's fight for a cultural change where it matters most.
What we do in the Free Software unit
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