Organizing this year’s LibreOffice conference

Conference opening

Leif Lodahl opening the conference, emphasizing among other things that LibreOffice is about free software - as in freedom.

At the instigation of my colleague Leif Lodahl, I had the honour of co-organizing this year’s LibreOffice conference here in Aarhus. It was an amazing experience to see the community behind one of the world’s most important free software projects, a system with many millions of users that is a cornerstone of any attempt to migrate existing organisations away from proprietary software.

As an organizer I didn’t really have time to speak with anyone, but I did meet a lot of good people – far too many to mention, but including The Document Foundation’s director Florian Effenberger, FSFE Hamburg coordinator Eike Rathke and former FSFE employee Sam Tuke. If I manage to go to FOSDEM next year, I hope to meet some of the people again and maybe this time have a chance to talk.

There were a lot of interesting talks, many of them about some quite advanced subjects, including some of the more esoteric aspects and uses of C++11. The event was kindly hosted by the municipality of Aarhus in its new, high-tech library building Dokk1.

All in all, the conference seemed to be a success, with three days packed with talks, hackfest and other social events in the evenings and about 150 registered attendees from at least 33 countries.

See also: Announcing the LibreOffice Conference for 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark

Relaxing at LiboCon

Relaxing with a beer after the first day of the conference.

Preparing hackfest and dinner party

Preparations for the hackfest and dinner party - the latter part kindly hosted by the University of Aarhus

Attendees listening to a talk.

 

Call for Papers for Book on Technoshamanism

From July 1st till October 30th we are accepting materials for our forthcoming publication TECHNOSHAMANISM. It will be a bilingual edition (in Portuguese and English) and is published as a collaboration between editors in Brazil and Denmark.

We are inviting papers on the subjects of technoshamanism, animism, indigenous people’s culture and rights, shamanic practices, biodiversity, agroforestry, permaculture, retelling of shamanic experiences, hallucinogenic plants, indigenous struggle, DIY culture, science and technology, art and electronics, transhuman interfaces based on technological gadgets, and any other topic related to the broader concept of technoshamanism.

The publication will discuss the issue of ancestral knowledge and new technologies and will pursue ecological alternatives as well as models and aesthetics to obtain new parameters for acting in the world in an era where not only the water supply, but also the very existence of forests and their peoples, of nature itself, are at risk.

We are accepting articles as well as fiction or techno fiction, images, comics, photonovels and any other suitable means of expression, as long as they are no longer than ten pages for each person or group. The publishing, in print as well as online, will be taken care of by the technoshamanist network. We will accept submissions in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Please send your material to the following email address: xamanismotecnologico@gmail.com

On behalf of all editorial staff

Fabiane Borges
Carsten Agger

Speaking about Open Data and Hacktivism

Hacktivist: Christian Panton

Tonight, I did a talk on “Open Data and Hacktivism” at Open Space Aarhus, the local hackerspace. The event was hosted in collaboration with “Aarhus Data Drinks”, which is a social initiative associated with Open Data Aarhus, the municipal portal for publication of open data.

I covered a number of subjects but focused on hacker ethics and focused on the inherent contradiction between government interests (in Denmark, innovation and productivity, i.e. mainly business related values) and a hacktivist agenda (transparency, accountability, freedom).

After a detour around Aaron Swartz and Danish Hacktivism, I spoke a lot of the Brazilian “TransparĂȘncia Hacker” – a bunch of cool people who are completely dedicated to free software. I expect to see their hacker bus on my upcoming trip to Brazil.

Link: Slides (PDF)