Right to Not Broadcast

C1 | Wed 23 Jan | 4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presented by

  • Karen Sandler

    Karen M. Sandler is the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, which is the nonprofit home of over 40 projects, including Git, Samba, QEMU, Selenium and Inkscape (to name a few). She is known as a cyborg lawyer for her advocacy for free software as a life-or-death issue, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Prior to joining Conservancy, she was the executive director of the GNOME Foundation. Before that, she was the general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen co-organizes Outreachy, the award-winning outreach program for women globally and for people of color who are underrepresented in tech. She is also a pro bono counsel to the Free Software Foundation and GNOME. She is the recipient of the Free Software Foundation's 2017 Award for the Advancement of Free Software as well as an O'Reilly Open Source Award.


As we increasingly live in a world where our devices are interconnected, the line becomes blurrier between strictly private information and information that is shared. From medical devices to in home security systems to oral medication with sensors embedded, our most personal data is often being broadcast by default, sometimes without appropriate security measures and without an off switch. Because of this, it is essential that any device that interacts with personal information have the option of having connectivity disabled. This talk will explore the current state of personal devices and the steps we need to take to make sure we all have the right not to broadcast our most personal information when we need most to protect it. Linux Australia: http://mirror.linux.org.au/pub/linux.conf.au/2019/c1/Wednesday/Right_to_Not_Broadcast.webm YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGZcfS_xy9c