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Chair of Internet Australia George Fong to keynote 2016 Geelong

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Regional and rural technology advocate, Federation University Council Member, former lawyer and Chair of Internet Australia, George Fong, will be one of four outstanding keynotes for in February 2016. Eminently respected within the region for his tireless efforts in advancing technology access, governance and inclusion, his advice and counsel is sought far and wide.

Most recently, Fong has been a driving force in the re-branding of the Internet Society of Australia into Internet Australia, transforming the organisation to be relevant and representative of a broad cross-section of Australians.

“Internet Australia is the peak body representing everyone who uses the Internet. Much of our work is dedicated to keeping the Internet as open and free from undue government interference as possible and seeing innovation thrive in the sector. It goes without saying that a significant part of that process is fuelled by the open source and Linux community.”

"There are new challenges in maintaining the integrity and utility of the Internet. Those challenges are redefining who we are in the technical community and what our roles and responsibilities are for communities and businesses nationally and internationally.”

Conference Director David Bell was thrilled to announce that Mr Fong would be keynoting.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring George’s considered wisdom, academic intellect and world view to 2016 Geelong - LCA By the Bay. The need for well researched, inclusive and representative technology policies is more important than ever given the disruption the world faces in coming years”.

One of the most respected technical conferences in Australia, Linux Conference Australia ( will make Geelong home between 1st-5th February 2016. The conference is expected to attract over 500 national and international professional and hobbyist developers, technicians and innovative hardware specialists, and will feature nearly 100 Speakers and presentations over five days. Deakin University’s stunning Waterfront Campus will host the conference, leveraging state of the art networking and audio visual facilities.

The conference delivers Delegates a range of presentations and tutorials on topics such as open source hardware, open source operating systems and open source software, storage, containers and related issues such as patents, copyright and technical community development.

Linux is a computer operating system, in the same way that MacOS, Windows, Android and iOS are operating systems. It can be used on desktop computers, servers, and increasingly on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Linux embodies the ‘open source’ paradigm of software development, which holds that source code – the code that is used to give computers and mobile devices functionality – should be ‘open’. That is, the source code should be viewable, modifiable and shareable by the entire community. There are a number of benefits to the open source paradigm, including facilitating innovation, sharing and re-use. The ‘open’ paradigm is increasingly extending to other areas such as open government, open culture, open health and open education.

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We warmly encourage you to forward this announcement to technical communities you may be involved in.

George Fong, keynote speaker

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