[Fsfe-ie] could IFSO host a talk by RMS?

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at member.fsf.org
Mon May 3 03:19:51 CEST 2004

Everything in this mail is "As far as I know".  I haven't confirmed the
details yet.

RMS is in England & Scotland for the last third of May and he's looking
for something to do on the 22nd and 23rd (Sat & Sun).

Should we invite him over to give a talk?

(1) We'd need a (big-ish?) venue.  Dublin city centre would be ideal.
    Is Trinity possible?  Any other ideas?

(2) We'd need to fund his flights, taxis, food, bed, venue.  This
    shouldn't be mad expensive, I might be able to fund most of it

(3) What talk should we ask him to give?

    He's currently doing a tour of Europe to raise awareness about
    software patents, so he'll probably want to give his software
    patents talk if he comes over here.

    I think his Free Software talk would be better.

    The general awareness of software politics/ethics in Ireland is very
    low.  A talk about software patents may not attract many people, and
    it may be throwing people too far in at the.

    I think it would be better to use the event to spread awareness
    about Free Software and IFSO, and then make it our job to educate
    the new people about software patents.  We could make print outs of
    his software patents essays available, a flyer about the current
    situation, some ffii docs etc.

    His free software speech would attract a larger audience and would
    be easier to publicise.  Also, his free software speech has a
    patents summary in it anyway.


...and the venue suggestions?

Ciarán O'Riordan
Irish Free Software Organisation: http://ifso.ie

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