Labor movements and the free software community

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"The labor movement and free software are natural complements to one another. Both rely on (often decentralized) groups of workers that commit to a higher purpose in the pursuit of building something that will advance people on a larger scale."

Original story by LibrePlanet 2021 and the Free Software Foundation. Published 2021-03-21, Originally published 2021-03-21.
This work is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.


Video Copyright LibrePlanet 2021 / Free Software Foundation. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike

I’ll discuss the ways that values of free software and labor movements complement one another. I will outline the practical technology needs of labor organizations that could be met by free software. Finally I will talk about what attendees can do to support labor movements with free software by describing some promising organizations looking to bridge the gap.

"Amanda Sopkin is a San Francisco transplant from Denver, Colorado, who loves mountains and beaches. She is a software engineering manager for Autodesk, in a division focused on connecting businesses in the pre-construction industry. Amanda has spoken on topics in software engineering at conferences like PyCon, SeaGL, and Codemotion. In her spare time, she attends hackathons as a coach for Major League Hacking, to help students have a great experience at the events they attend. She enjoys writing, speaking, and obsessively reading about sharks."

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