Open Source, Standards, and Networks: Tools
of Liberty and Democracy


Keynote speaker:
Bruce Perens



While Open Source has been successful as software, its most
important role is as a tool to empower the individual and
to facilitate communications, free thought, education, and
peace. The greatest threats to Open Source come not from
competing proprietary software, but from national law and
international treaty. Europe has become the “land of the free”
for Digital Rights. Bruce Perens will discuss the success of
Open source, standards, and networks, the challenges that
they face, and the crucial role of NordU2002 attendees in
maintaining Digital Rights.