Who talks at conference for Free Software?

Bernhard E. Reiter bernhard at fsfe.org
Thu Jun 13 13:47:40 UTC 2019

Am Montag 27 Mai 2019 10:21:02 schrieb Christian Imhorst:
> I think there
> should be more people in the FSF besides RMS talking at conferences.

There are already other people speaking, especially for FSFE. 

And two challenges would need to be overcome to make it much more:

 * Many conference organisers mostly care about the fame of the
   speaker, so they often invite RMS even if he is not especially
   flexible or well versed in the topic. It is like inviting the world
   soccer star to talk at an IT conference, it is not that she has deep
   insight on the main topic, it is that people attent just to see the
   famous person.

 * Doing good talks needs a lot of time for preparations, practice,
   research and travel. This needs a lot of funding or someone who
   makes this her main personal mission in live (and thus disregards
   other goals family, health or securing a standard of living for
   retirement). Most people are not willing to make this sacrifices
   and money is scarce as well for FSFE independent mission.
   (Money is the reason why industry lobbyist get so much speaking time.)

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