Talk on "Internet Freedom in the Context of SOPA/ PIPA"


Industry, research and academics have achieved a great progress in the past two-decades owing to the availability of "free" internet. However, the future of internet looks bleak with the introduction of acts such as SOPA and PIPA. Realizing the implications, and with an objective of advocating for a free internet, Swecha has organized a talk on "Internet Freedom in the Context of SOPA and PIPA" on the 8th of February, 2012 at Swecha Plaza, Gachibowli 'X' Roads.


Campaign for Stallman's Visit Kicks Off!

Richard Stallman Talk
Swecha kick started its campaign for Richard Stallman's visit to Hyderabad by releasing a poster today. Swecha requests all the free software enthusiasts and advocates of freedom to spread the word and reverberate our commitment to Internet Freedom.

A Talk by Richard Stallman

Way to Swecha officeSwecha, a part of Free Software Movement of India, invites all Free Software enthusiasts and advocates of freedom alike, from the industry, academia, students, and bureaucracy to the talk by Richard Stallman. The details of the event are as follows:


- Richard Matthew Stallman

- Initiator of the GNU Project

- Pioneer of the concept of Copyleft

-Developer of EMACS and GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)

-President of the Free Software Foundation

-Computer Programmer and Hacktivist


Talk on "Internet Freedom in the Context of SOPA/ PIPA"


On 8th February, 2012

From 3:00 pm onwards


Two-Day Workshop on Free Software Technologies

Swecha is going to organize a two-day workshop on Free Software Technologies on the 28th and 29th of January, 2012 at its office in Gachibowli 'X' Roads. The following topics would be dealt with in this workshop:


1. Free Software Development Model

2. Making of a Computer Suite

3. Converging Programming (PHP, MySQL, Apache Web Server, GIMP, Audacity, KdenLive)

4. Drupal


*  The registration fee for the workshop is Rs. 150 for two days.

*  Certificates would be given to all the participants.

*  All the participants would also be provided with lunch.


For further details, please contact:

Ashish. A



Swecha Stall in 26th Hyderabad Book Fair

Swecha has put up a stall at the ongoing 26th Hyderabad Book Fair being organized at People's Plaza, Necklace Road in Hyderabad. The book fair was inaugurated on the 15th of December, 2011 and the stall received a reverberating response. All the visitors to the stall commended the work done by Swecha in bringing out 'Swecha OS' in telugu.

“I have been feeling bad that the number of telugu speaking people is reducing day by day. Being an ardent admirer of telugu, I feel glad on seeing the kind of work Swecha has been doing to promote the language in one of the most revolutionary technologies of the present day- computer. I congratulate the Swecha team and hope that they continue to do the kind of work they're doing,” said an IT employee who'd visited the stall on the inaugural day.

“The idea of digitizing and including into the latest release of Swecha OS some of the bed time stories narrated by our grandmothers to put us to sleep is commendable. It brings back into existence those old stories the present generation had almost forgotten,” quipped another visitor Rama Rao, an octagenarian.

West Godavari District Workshop

Swecha in association with Swarnandhra Institute of Engineering and Technology has organized a two-day district workshop as a part of Software Freedom Fortnight on the 23rd and 24th of September, 2011.


This district workshop catered to the students of engineering colleges of West Godavari district. Around 250 students from more than 15 engineering participated in this workshop. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. D. Madhu, Principal, Swarnandhra Institute of Engineering and Technology. Ashish from Swecha explained the importance of FOSS technologies to the participants after the inaugural session. Chaitanya and Ravi Teja, members of the student chapter of Swecha, free software hacktivists and a students of MVGR College of Engineering have taken technology sessions on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Python Programming
  • Content Management Systems using Drupal
  • Making of a Computer Suite
  • Multimedia: Audacity, KdenLive


Ms. G. Prasanthi, HOD, Dept. Of Information Technology, SIET, led the team of student volunteers from SIET who undertook the onus of organizing the workshop. The participants evinced interest in working with FOSS technologies.

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