Software Freedom And Ethical Technology

9:15am - 10:00am on Friday, October 5 in PennTop South

Karen M. Sandler



As a lawyer and free software enthusiast with a life-critical medical device implanted in their body, Karen Sandler has come to understand how the critical choices we are making about software will have huge societal impact. In the age of corporate surveillance and walled-garden platforms, where every week there is a new known software vulnerability, software freedom is more important than ever.

Karen will touch on potential avenues for accountability, transparency, and access to remedies as we hurtle towards an Internet of Things built on proprietary source code that prevents us from knowing exactly how these vital devices work, what data they are collecting and to what ends, what their vulnerabilities might be, and the extent to which their closed, proprietary nature keeps us from developing societal mechanisms and review processes to keep us safe.

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