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F2C: Freedom to Connect 2015 will occur on March 2 and 3, 2015 at Civic Hall, 156 Fifth Avenue at 20th Street, New York, NY 10010. Confirmed speakers to date include William Binney,  Susan Crawford,  Tom Drake,  Dan Gillmor,  Rebecca MacKinnon,  Chris Mitchell,  Friedrich Moser,  David P. Reed,  Bruce SchneierZephyr Teachout and J. Kirk Wiebe.


The Big Idea of F2C: Freedom to Connect 2015

F2C: Freedom to Connect is an exploration of the technology, economics and politics of Internet freedom. The freedom to connect stands on three legs.

The first leg is infrastructure, the rights of way, the poles and conduits, the wires and fibers and binder groups and cables, the electromagnetic spectrum, towers, antennas, receivers and transmitters, how they work, how their economics and business models work, and how the regulation of infrastructure promotes and impedes public telecommunications services.

The second leg is the fundamental nature of the Internet, namely well-specified, well-understood public protocols, universally implemented with universal connectivity and open to all who meet its specifications.

The third is the use of the Internet to promote government of, by and for the people, and to counteract autocratic government power. 

In previous years at F2C: Freedom to Connect . . .

F2C 2013:

F2C: Freedom to Connect 2012 featured keynotes by Aaron Swartz, Eben Moglen, Susan Crawford, Vint Cerf, Lawrence Lessig, and others. Here is a video of a few highlights from F2C 2012. The entire proceedings are on video here, including this great talk by Professor Eben Moglen, and Aaron Swartz's famous speech on How We Stopped SOPA.

[F2C was on hiatus in 2010 and 2011.]

The theme of F2C: Freedom to Connect 2009 was “The Emerging Internet Economy.” All eyes are on the economy. The Obama Administration has declared the Internet a keystone. Columnist Tom Friedman was our keynote speaker.

The theme of F2C: Freedom to Connect 2008 was “The Netheads Come to Washington.” Open fiber projects in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Louisiana and Vermont were presented. Netroots US Representative Donna Edwards and security expert Bruce Schneier spoke. In addition, F2C devoted half a day to “Making the Internet Carbon-Negative.”

The theme of F2C: Freedom to Connect 2007 was “The Wealth of Networks” featuring Yochai Benkler. Vermont Governor Jim Douglas announced Vermont’s e-state initiative, and FCC Commissioner Adelstein spoke and played the harmonica.

The theme of F2C: Freedom to Connect 2006 was “The Network Neutrality Battle.” James Q. Crowe was the keynote speaker, FCC Commissioner Copps made an appearance, and Representative Rick Boucher gave a frank insider’s view of the politics of the unsuccessful telecom bill of 2006.

The theme of F2C: Freedom to Connect 2005 was “The Future of Communications.” Vint Cerf was the keynote speaker.

Musicians in Residence

Music is a communications technology that predates the Internet by some 50,000 years. Therefore it is an integral part of F2C: Freedom to Connect.

F2C 2014 Musicians in Residence: TBD and the Mysteries

The musicians in residence for F2C 2014 will be announced soon.

Past F2C Musicians in Residence include:


F2C: Freedom to Connect would not happen without many people who give freely of their time and expertise. Thanks especially to Dewayne Hendricks & Judi Clark for essential assistance with F2C's infrastructure from the beginning, to the ISOC-enabled video team headed by Paul Brigner, and to many others who have contributed their time, expertise and care.