FSCONS 2009/Call For Participation

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Call for Participation


The Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) is a meeting place for social change, focused on the future of free software and free society. The growing speed of new and innovative changes taking place within digital culture, as well as the pressing need for members of a marginalised society to gain access to important and updated information without financial or governmental barriers, means that the 2009 FSCONS will deal with an array of hot topics.

Open discussion and brainstorming are two of the primary factors that pave the way for change. The conference seeks to engage, inform and motivate social change through these discussions. The essential goal of FSCONS is expansion: expanding the accessability of digital and technological information to everyone in the world; expanding the interest and promotion of free culture and free software; expanding the opportunities for all interested parties from around the globe to engage with others in hopes of changing the future of digital culture.


For this years conference we're looking for talks on a number of different issues or projects (both full-length and lightning talks), but we're also looking specifically for workshops to be held during the conference, or in the week before as pre-conference activities. All proposals that are submitted will be reviewed by members of the community before the programme committee makes the final decisions regarding what proposals to accept into the programme.

In order to submit your proposal, please go to FSCONS 2009 Submit Proposal. This form is to be used for your own submissions. If you have ideas of other people you want to listen to, please feel free to suggest those in the FSCONS 2009 Wiki. When you fill out the form, we would like to ask you to provide the following information. Please keep in mind that the title and summary may be read by community reviewers. When deciding on the appropriate timeslot, please calculate about five minutes for questions and answers by the audience, as well as five minutes for changeover. For example, a 45 minute talk will be 35 minutes of presentation, five minutes for questions and five minutes for switching to the next speaker.

  • Author name(s)
  • Contact Information
  • Participation type (Talk, Workshop or Other)
  • Preferred timeslot (10, 30, 45 or 90 minutes, or other time)
  • Title of proposal
  • Summary of proposal
  • Intended audience

For workshops, we are flexible when it comes to scheduling it and you can give suggestions for this in the summary. Participants will be able to register for the workshops when registering for the conference, and the number of participants in each workshop will be limited to the capacity of the rooms.

Important dates

The deadline for submissions is the 21st of June 2009. Accepted proposals will be notified as soon as possible after that date, but at the latest on the 26th of July 2009.

If your proposal for a talk is accepted, we would like to ask you to submit your full presentation in PDF format at latest one week before the conference. If your presentation will include audio or video material, we would prefer to receive those in Ogg Theora and Ogg Vorbis formats, so that we can make sure that they can be played during the presentation. We understand that not all would be able to give their presentation as PDF, or have other technical requirements that needs to be addressed. Please note those in your proposal, so that they can be taken into consideration when planning your session.

Topics and Theme

We're looking for topics that relate to Free Society or Free Software generally, as well as those which are at the crossroads of the two or which take the philosophy of Free Society and Free Software and brings them to a whole new field. The theme for the conference is "The Road Ahead in the Nordic Countries", and includes current topics, as well as a look ahead towards the future, and comparisions between the Nordic countries. It's impossible to list all possible topics, but to give you some ideas of what kind of topics that those attending the conference previous years would have liked to see more of, as well as those suggested for this year, here's a sample of potential topics:

  • Social and Societal
    • Networking culture and collaborative development
    • Free Culture in Art
    • Journalism in a Free Society
    • Women in Free Culture and Free Software
    • New Perspectives on Innovation
    • Economics of Free Software and Free Culture
    • Free Software in Schools and Government
    • Free Culture and Free Software in Developing Countries
    • Open Standards
  • Technical
    • P2P and Filesharing Technologies
    • Blacknets and Darknets
    • Linux kernel development
    • Any Free Software Project
    • Open Hardware
    • Digital Security
    • Usability of Free Software
  • Legal issues of Free Software and Free Culture
    • Freedom of Speech and the Internet
    • Digital Rights on a Digital Frontier
    • Censorship online
    • Fair and Equal Treatment in Public Procurement
    • IPRED, ACTA and other laws and legal instruments
    • Licensing culture and software
    • Patents
    • Anonymity on the Internet