18 & 19 June 2022 in Tirana, Albania
OSCAL | Open Source Conference Albania is the first annual international conference in Albania organized to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture, and open knowledge. It is organized by Open Labs, a non-governmental, not for profit organization, dedicated to promoting openness, freedom, transparency and access by amplifying its voice as a community altogether.
This year theme is: Internet Freeedom FTW/WTF?!
For years, netizens have praised the collaborative tools empowered from the internet and the decentralized character of 'the network of networks'. At the same time, hacktivists and whistle-blowers have warned us about the raising interest in controlling, filtering and censoring the internet as we know it. On the other side, the new biggest source of information to humanity is being used to spread misinformation and unbased conspiracy theories. This means that unfortunately, nowadays our biggest fears are becoming a reality. We read more and more reports about internet shutdowns, massive surveillance operations being conducted, domain names being blocked, news outlets being censored, massive spread of fake news and governments fighting privacy friendly tools like encryption. How do we counter censorship and surveillance coming from both government and corporations alike? Is there a democratic solution to the spread of misinformation? And are the new stack of technologies referred to as web3 a way forward towards a decentralized internet, or just a rebranding offering more of the same?
The World Wide Web, an amazing tool used to share knowledge, information and one of the fastest communication tools is now being used against us and we need to act! In this edition of our volunteer powered conference we want to emphasise that we are here to fight for internet freedom and against misinformation widely spread on the net!
Now, we are opening booth reservations, and we would like to invite developers, promoters and not only from Albania, the region and overseas to submit their proposals.
You must be aware that the topic MUST be related with open knowledge, open source software and/or hardware, software freedom or generally open culture. If you are interested in sponsoring OSCAL, have a look at the sponsorship prospectus: https://oscal.openlabs.cc/sponsors/
Please note that OSCAL is a non-profit conference fully organized by volunteers and our budget is highly limited. We will highly appreciate if you our your organization can cover your expenses to attend the conference.
Before booking your tickets we suggest you check our website for the latest updated on Covid-19 regulations: https://oscal.openlabs.cc/covid-19/ .