swatantra

Fifth International Free Software Conference, Kerala
18 - 20 December 2014, Hotel Hycinth by Sparsa, Trivandrum

Theme: Free Software for a Free World

Draft Proceedings of Swatantra 2014 released
(2 Feb 2015)


The draft Conference Proceedings of Swatantra 2014 is now available for download here.



Theme: Free Software for a Free World


Swatantra 2014, the Fifth Triennial Free Software Conference, Kerala, was conducted successfully during 18-20 December 2014. The Conference was inaugurated on 19 Dec 2014 by Dr. Richard Stallman, President, Free Software Foundation, who also delivered the Conference Keynote Address on 18th December.

The conference summary is in the process of preparation, and will be published shortly. The media coverage generated by the Conference is being updated here.


About Swatantra 2014

After India's first-ever Free Software event, “Freedom First!” that was convened in Trivandrum in 2001, Kerala had organized international Free Software conferences in 2005, 2008, and 2011. These conferences were an occasion to highlight Kerala's achievements in the domain of Free Software, as well as to bring together the community to discuss priorities and action items.

ICFOSS is proud to present the fifth international Free Software conference of Kerala, Swatantra 2014, scheduled during 18-20 December 2014 at Thiruvananthapuram.

The theme of the conference is “Free Software for a Free World”. This reflects emerging concerns that citizens and communities face vis-a-vis privacy, online rights & freedoms, and security at the global level. Free Software provides a viable alternative to proprietary software which often compromises on these aspects. Further, Free Software also provides a technologically robust and cost effective alternative to other genres of software for all public uses, notably in Academia, Government, and personal computing, and even in the Arts & Culture domains.

International dignitaries participating at the Conference include Dr. Richard Stallman and Ms. Nina Paley. Several luminaries from the FOSS world within the country are also expected to take part.

About 150-200 Free Software enthusiasts, including practitioners, developers, researchers, academics, students, as well as representatives from civil society institutions, industry and the Government are expected to participate in the three-day conference.



Organized by

ICFOSS, Govt. of Kerala


Supported by

  • FSF-India
  • Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore
  • SFLC.IN, Delhi
  • Swathanthra Malayalam Computing
  • FOSSEE, IIT-B
  • SPACE
  • DCBB, Kerala University
  • Spoken Tutorials, IIT-B
  • IEEE Kerala Section

Parallel Sessions

  • Indian Language Computing
  • Wikipedia/Wikimedia
  • Computational Biology & Sciences
  • Free Culture
  • Freedom on the Cloud
  • Free Mobile Platforms
  • Education & Spoken Tutorials
  • Surveillance, security and privacy & Internet Governance
  • Mapping & OpenStreetMaps
  • Computing for the Differently-abled
  • Free Software in e-Governance
  • Open Hardware & IoT

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