Broadcasting is the core of a radio station's operation, but for volunteer-based structures such as community radio stations it can be extra challenging to keep things afloat. On this session, we will look into how copyleft and FLOSS can be incorporated into their work in a path towards sustainability.
Community radio has been described by UNESCO “as a medium that gives voice to the voiceless that serves as the mouthpiece of the marginalized and is at the heart of communication and democratic processes within societies”. Community radio stations are therefore seen as important social inclusion structures. At its core, free and open source is about sharing knowledge, enabling participation and action within a community towards a common goal. In this presentation we will use case studies to look into how free and open source software (and culture) can be integrated within community radio stations in terms of content creation, technology operation and community management to provide a sustainable broadcast practice and, thus, ensuring that such social structures remain faithful to their mission of inclusiveness and empowerment through participation.
For nearly a decade, Rute has produced and hosted White Market Podcast, an advocate podcast about free music and free culture. Since 2017, she has been trying to build bridges between open source and community radio stations as a Communication PhD student at ISCTE-IUL. As a volunteer, she is involved with Mozilla as a mentor (former mentee) of their Open Leadership Training and with the Portuguese Ubuntu community; she is also a member of D3 - Defesa dos Direitos Digitais (the Portuguese association for digital rights).