OSCAL 2022 (Open Source Conference Albania)

Open Source Conference 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 promote 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 calling for proposals (CFP), we would like to invite developers, speakers and promoters from Albania, the region and overseas to submit proposals before 20.04.2022. The applicants for who want to pitch at OSCAL'22 must be aware that the topic MUST be related with open knowledge, open source software and/or hardware, software freedom or generally open culture. We accept talks and workshops.

While we will most likely be having a working internet connection at the venue, please don't rely your session solely on the WiFi if possible. In this way we can prevent unneeded technical disasters.

Almost all sessions will be held in English. Proposals should also be submitted in English. You are free to propose more than one session, in a separate submission.

OSCAL is organized by Open Labs Hackerspace , which relies on donations and sponsors to operate. If you want to support the community that organize OSCAL, you can become a Patreon of Open Labs.

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/ .

OSCAL 2022 has a Code of Conduct for all attendees. It states our shared ideas about the desired behavior of participants and organizers. You can find it here.

This Call for Papers closed on 2022-04-30 23:55 (UTC).