Are 15 years of history, and along this trajectory of growth and learning, International Free Software Forum was always proposing the most urgent debates about technology and freedom. Our success is the result of work, collaboration and involvement of thousands of people who believe in free educational and technological solutions, knowledge as a public good and in the power of information technologies as tools of empowerment for democracy.
So we fight since our first issue for maintaining transparency in technology, whether the codes in open standards, the struggle for free and neutral internet. And although it is not new in our agendas, this year's theme will be the Security and Privacy: Free Software in combating espionage.
Porto Alegre will once again host the biggest gathering of Free Software communities in the world, which are not only the public but also the filmmakers that our big event, full of ideas and enthusiasm, share knowledge, innovations and also concerns with a common motivation: the belief that through knowledge grow as fairer humanity.
The FISL is not only done by the Organizing Committee and the contracted consultancies. It is made by hundreds of speakers who offer themselves to add their knowledge, and invest their own resources to come from various corners of Brazil and other countries.
It is done by hundreds of volunteers who give their intelligence and their workforce to collaborate in the production, communication, logistics, and even publicize the event and flags of Free Software from the network of their own homes.
And it is backed by dozens of civilians, government and private entities who believe that Free Software can indeed change the world. And is changing!
Over those fifteen years FISL thank everyone who donated a little - or a lot! - Of themselves to build this story. And invites everyone to celebrate with us, in Porto Alegre, a de 7 May 10, 2014 .
It will be an honor to have you on our party! ;)