Fridrich Strba is a slovak, Free Software enthusiast and evangelist.He worked in the code base of LibreOffice during years, improving various aspects of the file filters, starting with the wordperfect filter. Then he migrated to security issues and filters for other formats such as Wordperfect Graphics, MS Works, Visio, among others. Currently he works for SUSE at SUSE Linux Enterprise.
Fridrich continues to dedicate his time to free proprietary documents from vendor lock in. He also acts as a mentor, including new hackers into the project.
Mr. Strba is also a polyglot.
Can he speak portuguese? We´ll find out at FISL15!
In 2014, finally, the International Free Software Forum will officially reach Brazil's north region, confirming that Free Software is a national passion, from Oiapoque to Chuí.
The event is a warm-up to the 15th edition of FISL n Porto Alegre, May, from 7 to 10.
Starting in Belem do Pará, FISL AMAZÔNIA will happen April, from 10 to 11, at the Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Pará.
“In order to have Freedom, there has to have a homework. I think it is our duty as citizens to take precautions to preserve the Internet as we know it, to preserve our liberties"
Jérémie Zimmermann - french, born in 1978 - is vice-president of April, a french non-gov organization that pioneered the defense of Free Software. The ngo, composed by individuals, companies and associations from various origins, has become an important part in the democratization of open standards, working to increase awareness of the dangers posed by the private appropriation of knowledge and information.
Zimmermann also is a speaker and cofounder of the Paris Headquarter of La Quadrature du Net, a group of the civil society focused in defending the fundamental liberties of the Internet, by means of disclosure of legal projects which may threat civil liberty, economic development in the digital age.
La Quadrature du Net advocates specifically the adaptation of the french and european legislation to the principles that founded the Internet, such as the free flow of knowledge. The association engages also in debates of public policies such as freedom of expression, copyright, media regulation and online privacy. By disclosing information and tools, it hopes to stimulate citizen participation in public debates about rights and freedoms in the digital age.
A good example of the group's acting is “Political Memory”, a tool designed to help europeans to monitor the members of the european parliament and track their voting registry about questions related to the online fundamental freedoms.
It is our pleasure to receive you, Jérémie!