US programmer Richard Stallman visited the University of Salamanca to deliver a conference entitled “Free Software in Ethics and Practice”.

Richard Stallman is a free software advocate par excellence, and defends it at all costs. To him we owe the GNU operating system, as well as the founding of the Free Software Foundation, an agency that promotes the concept of free software. At the moment he is dedicated to spread the GNU philosophy around the world through talks, conferences and workshops.                                                                                                      

It has been a pleasure to be able to listen to him and find out about his ideas and proposals directly from him. Stallman has told us that he does not have a mobile phone, and is not planning to get one until these devices have free software. He takes great care by browsing through specific websites only, in order not to give access to his browsing history and generally avoids using any device that can leave some trace in the network.

Stallman has been named Doctor Honoris Causa in 17 different universities and countries, notably the Universities of Vriji Brussels (Belgium), Pavia (Italy), Lakehead (Canada), Cordoba(Mexico), Glasgow (United Kingdom) and Pierre and Marie Curie (France) and received several awards such as the MacArthur Fellowship, the Pioneer Award, the Takeda Techno-Entrepreneurship Award for Social / Economic Well-Being and the ACM Software System Award.

The Students Section of the ACM association of the USAL was in charge of organizing this talk in collaboration with the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences. Good work and thanks for the initiative. It is seldom to see the Faculty´s hall so filled with people.

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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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