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FOSDEM 2021 Schedule
Legal and Policy Issues

PANEL: Organizers of the Legal & Policy DevRoom

Organizers of the Legal & Policy DevRoom discuss the issues of the day
The organizers of the Legal and Policy DevRoom for FOSDEM 2021 discuss together the issues they've seen over the last year in FOSS, and consider what we can learn from the presentations on the track this year, and look forward together about the future of FOSS policy.
The organizers of the Legal and Policy DevRoom for FOSDEM 2021 discuss together the issues they've seen over the last year in FOSS, and consider what we can learn from the presentations on the track this year, and look forward together about the future of FOSS policy.

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