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October 31, 2019
Last September, the Nextcloud Conference brought more than 250 people to Berlin to share ideas, collaborate on Nextcloud and meet new friends, colleagues, partners and fellow users. Over 1500 people watched our live stream while made a series of big announcements and we’re happy to announce today that the videos can now easily be watched on our YouTube channel!
Frank’s keynote started big, with a series of announcements! After reminding everyone of the goals and motivations behind Nextcloud and our mission and principles, he announced:
Watch the full keynote here:
The Sunday keynote was delivered by the Executive Director of the Smart Citizenship Foundation and international human rights lawyer, Renata Avila. She talked about the fight for a better, fairer and more open internet, digital colonialism and digital sovereignty, wikileaks, surveillance and especially censorship. Censorship is a intangible, arbitrary, unaccountable yet very powerful force on the web and a growing threat.
She made a powerful argument about how vulnerable our systems are to the whims of foreign, especially US companies and what a mistake it was to not deal with this issue over the last decades.
The opening keynote was followed by Jillian C. York, Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a fellow at the Center for Internet & Human Rights at the European University Viadrina. She talked about where our society is going when privacy falls apart. After her Markus Feilner gave a funny talk about the importance of good documentation.
Geraldine de Bastion Talked about robots and why open hardware matters for development on Sunday, while Thomas Lohninger called strongly on the audience for more activism for digital rights.
We organized two panels. The first was on Public money – Public code with participants from the Free Software Foundation, Deutscher Bundesjugendring, Open Knowledge Foundation and Nextcloud. We discussed the difficulties of explaining public organizations the benefits of using open source, sharing their code and avoiding the lock-in from proprietary vendors. And we asked – how can you help? The answer might surprise you – so watch the video!
A second panel covered diversity in open source, with Laura Gaetano, Frank Karlitschek, Jessica Green and Princiya Sequiera. Watch it here.
Of course, a big part of every Nextcloud conference are the lightning talks. The following talks were given on Saturday:
Sunday we had the following talks:
We know a lot of you would have loved to be there! Stay tuned for next year, we’ll share the news as soon as we have a location fixed. The conference takes place in Berlin every year and we always strive to provide a great program!