We define and study extensions of the Artin and Perron–Vannier representations of braid groups to topological and algebraic generalizations of braid groups. We provide faithful representations of braid groups of oriented surfaces with boundary as automorphisms of finitely generated free groups. The induced representations of such groups as outer automorphisms of finitely generated free groups are still faithful. Also we give a representation of braid groups of closed surfaces as outer automorphisms of finitely generated free groups. Finally, we provide faithful representations of Artin–Tits groups of type 𝒟 as automorphisms of free groups.
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