Free Software Movement of India (FSMI)

 We are a national coalition of various regional and sectoral free software movements operating in different parts of India. The founding conference of was held at Bengaluru on March 20-21, 2010 which marked a historic development in Free Software Movement in India. Second National conference was held in Chennai from 26th- 29th January, 2017. Sixteen Free Software Movements (FSMs) working in various states and sectors came together and decided to form a National coalition of FSMs in this Four-day National conference.

 

The office bearers are

Founding Conference

President
Prabir Purkayastha

 

General Secretary
Y Kiran Chandra

Treasurer
Dr L Pratap Reddy

Vice Presidents
Dr. Sabu
Dr. Debesh Das
Dr. Nandini Mukherjee
Dr. K S Rajan

Secretaries
D Bhuvan Krishna
Siddhartha Malempati
Pramod
Prasanth Radhakrishnan
Ditty Mathew
Raghu Ram

 

Some of the major aims of FSMI are :

  • Take forward free software and its ideological implications to all corners of our nation from the developed domains to the underprivileged
  • Creating awareness among computer users in the use of free software
  • Work towards usage of free software in all streams of sciences and research
  • Take forward implementation and usage of free software in school education, academics and higher education
  • Work towards e-literacy and bridging digital divide based on free software and mobilising the underprivileged
  • Work among developers on solutions catering to societal & national requirements
  • Work towards a policy change favouring free software in all walks of life
  • Stop any penetration of software patents and methods which restrict the development, usage and percolation of knowledge

 
FSMI considers all organisations working for free software, free knowledge, free science & technology and free society as allies and intends working with them closely. It also invites such organisations to join FSMI.
 

Founding Conference