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Libreplanet logo.svg
FrequencyAnnually, usually during late March
Location(s)Cambridge, MA
InauguratedLibrePlanet Conference 2009
FounderFree Software Foundation
Most recent19–20 March 2022
Previous eventLibrePlanet 2022 Conference
Next eventLibrePlanet 2023
Organised byFree Software Foundation
PeopleRichard M. Stallman
SponsorsAudeo, OpenInventionNetwork, Whole Foods Market Charles River Plaza Boston MA, Google, openSUSE, redhat, EFF

LibrePlanet (literally, "Free Planet") is a community project created and supported by the Free Software Foundation. Its objective is the promotion of free software around the world by bringing every year an international conference to local communities[1] and organizations.[2]


The project was born in 2006, at a gathering of members associated with the Foundation and the will to organize into geographical groups. The wiki serves as the primary portal for people who want to become involved in free software activism in local, grassroots modes of cooperation.

LibrePlanet conference[edit]

The conference is organized annually by the Free Software Foundation in or around Boston, Massachusetts and staffed by a mixture of foundation staff and community volunteers. The conference replaces and incorporates the FSF Annual Members Meeting (AMM) which ran around the same time each year.

Each conference has its own theme and a website. The event typically includes a speech from FSF president, Richard Stallman and FSF executive director John Sullivan, the Free Software awards well as members of the wider free software community and the Free Software awards ceremony[3]

Notable events[edit]

  • LibrePlanet 2020 13-15 March: In-person components were canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Instead a virtual conference and livestream was held.[7]
  • Richard Stallman announced he would be rejoining the FSF board of directors at the 2021 conference.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ LibrePlanet teams. Teams are groups in various cities and towns across the world that host local meetups and conferences and other events.
  2. ^ LibrePlanet 2011.
  3. ^ "libreplanet's media — GNU MediaGoblin". Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  4. ^ Snowden, Edward; Daniel Kahn Gillmor. "Libreplanet 2016: The Last Lighthouse: Free Software In Dark Times" (video, WebM). Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. ^ Gold, Jon (19 March 2016). "Edward Snowden: Privacy can't depend on corporations standing up to the government". Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  6. ^ Popa, Bogdan (22 March 2016). "Snowden Used Free Software Because He Was Afraid of Backdoors in Microsoft Apps". SoftPedia News. Retrieved 2 June 2016. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden attended the Free Software Foundation LibrePlanet 2016 conference remotely from Russia to discuss the advantages of free applications, explaining that he couldn't trust Microsoft software when revealing government's surveillance programs in 2013.
  7. ^ "LibrePlanet 2020: In-person component canceled, but we'll see you online".
  8. ^ "Unjust computing clamps down — GNU MediaGoblin". Retrieved 2021-05-21.

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