Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Mail Exchange Hotel, 688 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Robert Lechte, Unions - Hacking society's operating system
Lots of people who make software want to make a better world. We're
attracted to Linux and open source because we want community solidarity
and because we want to build things in the interests of the common good
rather than the interests of shareholders or short term profit.
And we all know that in software lies power: More than any other job,
software developers have the power to shape the future. And yet, we're
throwing away power because we don't unionise and organise and stand up
for our rights at work. Why let our bosses keep all the power? Why
squander our ability to be a powerful political voice? Why let our
bosses control the technology, make all the decisions, and take all the
money we software workers generate through our long hours of labour?
Robert will talk about the importance of unionising and organising, and
how to build a movement that gives us real power against the bosses and
the ruling class, helping us build better software, better communities,
and a better future.
Robert Lechte works on software for the union movement in Melbourne, and
on a few of his own open source projects.
Robert likes talking about software at length. He likes talking about
politics even more. Some say his ideas cannot be truly explained, only
experienced. But he'll try to explain anyway, with slides.
Food and drinks will be available on premises.
Linux Users of Victoria is a subcommittee of Linux Australia.