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A network of Australians working together to advance free software and free culture as a movement for social justice.

Our society has become completely dependent on the use of computers and software for many activities. From buying groceries, playing music, conducting business and keeping in contact with friends and family.

For a society to enjoy freedoms of associate, expression and privacy, people need to have control over the technology they use in their homes, schools, businesses and government. For society to control technology, it needs to use software that respects the users' freedom. This means that the user can run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price1.

1 https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

We are a passionate free software activists group and while there are plenty of computing meet-ups and user groups in Australia (which we also attend), most are about the technology rather than the social issues like freedom and privacy. We feel there is a clear niche for people wanting less technical, more activism flavoured meet-ups.

We hold physical meet-ups to work and socialise with other free software activists. We share the values of the Free Software Foundation, the GNU Project and LibrePlanet — a worldwide network of free software groups. We also work alongside other local and national GNU/Linux groups to spread the word about software freedom.

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    Local discussion groups

    Local discussion groups are a great way to meet others who share your interest in free software. Please let us know if you'd like to start a free software discussion group in your area.

    Free Software Melbourne

    Every third Thursday evening we meet to discuss current news in free software, perhaps a talk from a member or a visitor, followed by some group discussion. It's very relaxed and informal with no prior knowledge expected. For those able, we also follow on for tasty dinner at a nearby restaurant.

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    Free Software Sydney

    A Free Software Activist group that is currently being organised by Andri Effendi and Olivier Mehani.

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    LibrePlanet Brisbane

    LibrePlanet Brisbane is a group focused on free software activism, advocacy and education. We meet on the first Thursday of each month, at The Edge, a facility of the State Library of Queensland in South Brisbane.

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    What is free software?

    Free-software that respects and protects users freedoms provides the following “four freedoms”

    1. freedom to run the program as you wish.

    2. freedom to study how the program works.

    3. freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour.

    4. freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.

    These four freedoms help a society to be free to share, collaborate and help others. Otherwise, the technology society uses can be used to infringe on peoples privacy, liberty and freedoms.

    The FSA values the freedoms of all software users to run, copy, distribute and change software that enables society to improve, evolve and achieve great things.

    For more information, read What is free software, by the Free Software Foundation.