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* Event: Manchester Free Software's August Meeting

* Workshop: Campaigning on Software Freedom
* Speaker: John Rooke

* Date: Tuesday, 15th August 2017 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 21:00 (and then on for social)

* Location: Madlab (Manchester Digital Laboratory)
  - http://madlab.org.uk/
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
  - Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter.
  - http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48413/-2.23639


== Details ==

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software
philosophy.

Every meeting we start with an opportunity for informal key signing.
For an explanation of what this is about see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_signing_party


=== Talk ===

The main part of the meeting will be a workshop with free discussion.

The workshop will address some of the current threats and challenges to
software freedom.

John Rooke will propose a number of topics for discussion, including (at
least):

* International trade treaties
* DRM (Digital Restrictions Management)
* Proprietary JavaScript
* Open document standards

Participants are welcome to suggest additional topics. The focus will be
on what we, as a group, are willing and able to do to campaign on these
issues.

More information:

*
https://fsf.org/blogs/licensing/the-many-headed-monster-of-international-trade-agreements
* https://fsf.org/campaigns/drm.html
* https://fsf.org/campaigns/freejs
* https://fsf.org/campaigns/opendocument

If you have experience of campaigning then please consider giving a
lightning talk at the meeting.


== Event Planning ==

Upcoming events that need planning/work are:

* Software Freedom Day 2017 in Manchester (Saturday, 16th September)


== After-meeting ==

The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in
the Terrace (which is next door to Madlab).  There are non-alcoholic
drinks available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol.


== Location ==

The meeting will take place at the usual venue of Madlab, details above.


== Transport ==


=== Parking ===

Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost
after 8pm on Tuesday so you will have to pay up until then and the
maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY ALL THIS on parking.

There are paid parking lots around the venue, they are marked by a blue
P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.  Most of those
parking lots are owned by NCP <http://www.ncp.co.uk/>.

If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale
<http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.


=== Public Transport ===

Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram and bus station,
and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab,
see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
<http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.

Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
Station are not too far away either.


== More Information ==

Information about Manchester Free Software can be found on the
Manchester Free Software pages on LibrePlanet
<https://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester>.

Regards,
Mike.
MFS Chair.

-- 
FSF member #9429
http://www.fsf.org/register_form?referrer=9429
http://www.fsf.org/about
"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide
mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all
free software users."

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