Mike Gerwitz

Activist for User Freedom

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+# Restore Online Freedom!
+ Copyright (C) 2016 Mike Gerwitz
+ This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
+ 4.0 International License.
+ You should have received a copy of the license along with this
+ work. If not, see <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/>.
+LaTeX sources for my talk "Restore Online Freedom!" at
+[LibrePlanet 2016][lp2016]. The sources produce the slides; notes for the
+talk are included in the sources throughout, but are not compiled in any
+## Description
+Imagine a world where surveillance is the default and users must opt-in to
+privacy. Imagine that your every action is logged and analyzed to learn how
+you behave, what your interests are, and what you might do next. Imagine
+that, even on your fully free operating system, proprietary software is
+automatically downloaded and run not only without your consent, but often
+without your knowledge. In this world, even free software cannot be easily
+modified, shared, or replaced. In many cases, you might not even be in
+control of your own computing---your actions and your data might be in
+control by a remote entity, and only they decide what you are and are not
+allowed to do.
+This may sound dystopian, but this is the world you're living in right
+now. The Web today is an increasingly hostile, freedom-denying place that
+propagates to nearly every aspect of the average users' lives---from their
+PCs to their phones, to their TVs and beyond. But before we can stand up
+and demand back our freedoms, we must understand what we're being robbed of,
+how it's being done, and what can (or can't) be done to stop it.
+[lp2016]: https://www.libreplanet.org/2016/program/#day-2-timeslot-8-session-3