It is possible to download some of the fisl13 speeches videos. Just go to one of the computers available in the Telecentro (next to the Users Groups area in the stands hall) and open the shortcut available in the desktop. Links are grouped by room and time, for some time after the speech happened.
Videos for online download will be available after fisl ends and a few weeks are necessary for edition and archiving of the content. so, take advantage and bring your own speech with yourself before you get back home ;)
Filipe Saraiva, KDE developer with 6 years of experience and fisl13 speaker, told the audience that there is a subproject inside KDE called KDE/EDU, in which teachers, programmers, hackers and interested users develop software using the KDE technology. According to him, various softwares created for educational use are freely available.
Filipe quoted Kgeography which is a module devoted to teaching geography, through which it is possible to see flags of various regions, maps, capitals and many other resources. BlinKen, which is a mnemonic game similar to the old "Genius" game. There is also Kig, which provides a cartesian coordinate so you can draw on top of it, KmPlot which plots an equation in a chart, and finally, Kturtle, which introduces programming concepts in a simples way, so as to ake it easy for young kids willing to become developers to get started.
These and many other softwares can be found in the official page of the project.
Filipe says that fisl is an important dialog opportunity for developers and teachers interested in using KDE/EDU in schools, creation of communities and exchange of information. The strengthening of these communities is necessary in order to dialog with the government so as to result in policies of digital inclusion.
The KDe community has a stand in fisl for demonstration and sales of some of the souvenirs such as shirts and keyrings, besides to presence of the very friendly Konqi, the pet dragon.
Written by Rafaela Melo (UFRGS)
The President of the Brazilian Association of Digital Inclusion Center (ABCID), Mario Brandão, said this friday during fisl13 that "Brazil has advanced very little to bridge the current digital divide". According to him, what happened in these last few years was a modification in the forms of access. for example, many people that connected using lan houses now own a smartphone.
Accordingly, he said that "it doesn't mean that more people have access to the Internet". According to CGI.br (Brazilian Internet Committee) data presented by him, 98% of class A have home connection. In classes D and E this percent drops to 21%. "Interent can't be treated as a luxury, something we can marketize". Mario said that "everyone shall be able to use and benefit from the Internet".
In rio de Janeiro, his home town, Mario said that people use the Internet in lan houses to proceed the registration of their children in public schools. Advertiser João Carlos Caribé pointed out that "there are studies showing that the digital native people have different brain structures when compared to the non-native". As an example, he quoted his own story: "I'm in the Internet for 18 years now. I have an 18 years old son. The way he uses the Internet, his cognitive construction is much superior to mine. Because I am 48 years old and I joined the Internet when I was 30."
According to Caribé, data from the Centro de Estudos sobre as Tecnologias da Informação e da Comunicação (Cetic) point that in general Internet reaches 53% of the population. However, in rural areas, this numbers drops to 25%. He also blamed the price of the service as the culprit. "In the north region Internet access is a luxury item".
Both criticized the fact that the Nationl Broadband Plan (government initiative to provide free broadband access) have been transferred to big companies. "Somehow the government was convinced that universalization of the Internet access can be lead by the big companies", said Brandão. Caribé, in the other hand, argued that instead of big companies, schools and access centers should be responsible for the so called last mile of connection.
Written by: Pedro Faustini
fisl13 workshop debates use of information and communication technologies, teachers preparation and free cultureJuly 26, 2012
With capacity for only 20 registered people, the educational workshops track has contributed for the popularization of Free Software in Education and for the elaboration of educational proposals based on network collaboration. Public and private schools educators, students, researchers and curious people from all around the country exchanges their experiences about Free Software use in education. The workshop that is part of a cycle with four different parts, has "Libertarian Education and Proprietary Code" as a subject.
The Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Freire (1995) defines Libertarian Education by saying that for the transformation of society it is necessary to go from the concrete/actual reality to the theoretical context, which requires epistemological curiosity, problem-setting, rigorosity, creativity, dialog, an experience from practice and the lead of real subjects.
Use of Free Software in Education in these context is freeing when it allows for the access and democratization of knowledge, critical thinking, creation of room for productions sharing and stimulus for construction and collaboration in a networked fashion, intellectual autonomy of students besides providing technological and cultural independence (Silveira and Cassino 2003), because the defence of Free Software will help us think about proprietary products and technologies and help build universalization of knowledge.
Vítor Steinhaus from Curitiba-PR, student from the 8th grade fundamental school and one of the speakers in the workshop said that participating in a robotics, Free Software and artificial intelligence has changed his life radically. Now he says he is in love with Free Software and gives his first steps in programming languages learning. During the workshop he said he's confident he'll be able to solve the problems presented and share it all with his friends.
The workshop also discussed the need to develop educational projects that allow for the use of free technologies in school environments and flexibilization of the curricula. Teachers say they have a hard time working with information and communication technologies in the classroom.
Teachers, researchers and students argued that the bad infra-structure of public schools, even of privates, the undervalued work of teachers, are obstacles that need to be circumvented in order to achieve success. It is necessary to discuss and re-elaborate the way that public policies of digital inclusion are built.
Escrito por Rafaela Melo
The Protect IP Act, known as PIPA, will become a reality someday. That's what Alberto J. Azevedo, security expert, believes. He gave a speech about PIPA yesterday, during fisl13. To him, "the industry is not going to give up so easy", because "people with power will always struggle to keep their power", and many profit related interests are at stake.
The project was progressing in the American Senate, but wasn't taken ahead. In January this year a series of protests and demonstrations against the project and another related project (SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act, to be voted that month in the House of Representatives) that included Wikipedia, which remove for one day its english page in a protest. Basically, law projects, if approved, would allow for blocking of websites, including those who host third-party content (such as Facebook and Youtube), in case of copyright violation. Search websites such as Google and Yahoo would be forced to remove links to pages that display protected content without authorization.
"I saw people in Facebook saying "we won!". I thought, god, we didn't. I might have won a battle, but not the war". to support his argument, Azevedo said that "unfortunately, there are two pilars that rule the world: the first and most important is the money. Second is politics. But politics isn't done by idealistic people, but selfish, who worry about getting re-elected again and again". The phonographic industry is a sponsor of many American politics campaigns, which gives them strength to pass copyright laws. Therefore, he concluded that "sooner or later PIPA is going to be a reality".
In the end he said one of the best ways to oppose is by voting, researching the past actions of the candidate - he said this at the same time as he showed a slide with a picture of Darth Vader as a condidate in a voting booth, which took great laugh from the audience.
He also encouraged people to mobilize. "Use the power of the Internet, but let stuff just inside the Internet. Take it to the streets".
Written by Pedro Faustini
The agreement to join the National Open Data Infrastructure (INDA) was signed by Rio Grande do Sul State yesterday at fisl13.
INDA is the specification to be followed by public parties who wish to disclose data in the Brazilian Open Data Portal. The aim of this regulation is to provide disclosure and publicity of information from the federal administration.
Data are open when they allow their utilization, mining and sharing by any citizen. An example application of open data is the "Where is this happening?", built by Opendata-br.
The INDA signing was carried out by Vera Spolidoro (state Digital Inclusion and communication Secretary), Vinicius Wu (Chief if Staff), Wagner Diniz (W3C Brazil Manager), Juliana Botelho (State Chief of Staff), Corinto Meffe (Federal TI and Management Director), and, following the above picture, Beto Grill (Vice-Governor of Rio Grande do Sul State) representing the State Governor Tarso Genro.
One of the debates to open the works in this evening was "Public policies of digital Inclusion: a look from the civil society". Beá Tibiriçá from the Coletivo Digital pointed out that this is an agenda pushed by the society, not only by the State, though the State sometimes wants to drive the discussion. According to Tibiriçá, state support is welcome, but it is the social movements around the subject are the real reasons why the policies do become real, such as the proliferation of Telecentros in the whole country.
The history of the construction of public policies such as the Telecentros.BR Program and so many others who are fundamental for the advancement in this area. Mauricio Serrano (Somos@Telecentros, the main organization representative of the digital inclusion programs in Latin America and Caribe; Vilmar Simon Nascimento, tech manager from CRC Gama-DF, in charge of the deployment and updating of free software solutions and computer refurbishing; Fabiano Flores, Silvana Lemos, education coordinator of the Polo Centro-Oeste de Telecentros; and Domingos Sávio de França - Coordinator of the Center for Computer Refurbishing (CRC).
written by Fernanda Quevedo
Don't be misled to think that FISL is an event for tech discussions. People from every different backgrounds gather here. From techies to activists, the discussion of freedom goes beyond just debating how to distribute a piece of code. To talk about freedom and our relation with tech devices means changing our culture and behaviour. In the picture, Marcelo Branco, from the Associação Software Livre and TC from the Casa de Cultura Tainã talk about the sounding drums that compile the kernel of th soul!
written by Fernanda Quevedo
A meeting of the FLISOL promoters and organizers has just happened at fisl, featuring Luiz Augusto Machado, Thiago Paixão, Ronald Emerson Sherolt da Costa, Wellton Costa de Oliveira and Paulo Henrique de Lima Santana.
The Latin American Free Software Install Festival (FLISOL) is a big event of free software disclosure which happens cince 2005. It tries, as its main goal, to promote the use of free software, by introducing its philosophy, its reach, accomplishments and development to the general public.
(Photo: site Carris)
A partnership between the Porto Alegre Mayorship and Carris will provide transportation to fisl, working from downtown (Largo da epatur) up to the Center of Events (fisl13) in Partenon neighboor.
The bus will be doing the itinerary from Cidade Baixa to the Center of Events at PUC-RS. Check out the routes and schedules:
From wednesday to friday
Leaving at 8:45 AM from Largo Zumbi dos Palmares to the Centro de Eventos at PUC-RS
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