Sustained Digital Sovereignty with Free Software


The extraordinary changes of recent months have brought many opportunities for the Free Software world.

We have seen desktop FLOSS usage through COVID increase as people work from home, while at the same time many organizations have quickly deployed temporary solutions that they now need to secure.

At the same time developments in Ukraine has provided a significant push on arguments around Digital Sovereignty that have been used to promote Free Software solutions for many years.

We’ll share some of the trends, successes and failures here, investigate some of the tensions. We’ll look at the challenges of building an economically sustainable Free Software business that works in symbiosis with its diverse community.

Finally I’ll cover some of my passion for documents, and the encouraging changes and new functionality in this area over the last decades that (if sustained) will deliver increasingly compelling Free Software from the operating system upwards on users’ devices.