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📰 ICYMI: The program approved 733 applicants to continue onto the contribution period; they received a record 3,308 initial applications for this mid-year round. 🎉

So many unreached potential contributors. Read more about this round, and donate a little money if you can to support this important program.

As usual, taking a moral stand for what's right:

"In keeping with our values, we will stop providing funding or attendance to any sponsored events and any events at which Richard is a featured speaker or exhibitor. This also applies to any organization where he has a leadership role."

The ray of hope at the end of this week is that I believe the free and software movements are more unified than ever before that intolerance, abuse, and disrepect from our leaders will no longer be allowed. That's a great thing and a good first step toward visions like .

For every new threat I receive from supporters, I will be making a donation to to help purge our movement of sexism, bigotry, and abuse by making it truly a movement for everyone.

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For the past 36 hours, I have been getting death threats from cult supporters of Honorary "Doctor" Richard , for demanding accountability after his decades of abusive behavior.

And I'm far from alone.

The @fsf is not only irrelevant to in the 21st century, it must be shut down.

Kudos to for its integrity in publicly banning and affiliated projects from participation in the program due to the reinstatement of Richard to its Board of Directors.


(2/2) If you have not yet canceled your membership, I encourage you to do so. could be playing a critical role in the (and ) movements, but its founders syndrome means that they continue to be more interested in persisting toxic leadership then promoting a positive future.

I am disappointed but not surprised. Our movement deserves better than what the FSF is able to offer us.

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So happy the intimable Bradley Kuhn of @conservancy just announced as recipient of the 2020 award for the Advancement of Free Software. Can't think of anyone so deserving, especially in this of all years.

board of directors voting is now open. There are two individual member seats and two affiliate member seats up this time around. If you are a member, take a thoughtful look at the candidates, then check your email for your ballot.

Get an job! is hiring a senior software engineer for a flexible hours contract. Write code that helps lives around the planet.

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Nominations for the Initiative's (OSI) 2021 board elections open February 9, 2021, and close Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 (11:59 p.m. PDT).

The latest snub from the license is nothing new, just an example of the recurring "rights ratchet". @webmink from Meshed Insights explains:

If you've participated in in the past, or you're interested in learning more about it, mark your calendars for 8 February when there will be a Twitter Chat (yes, I know!) Q&A session.

Outreachy is a great opportunity for new people to get involved in and , so please spread the word about both the Q&A session and the program itself!

More information:

And finally ICYMI, a more recent recap on from @sir --

"You don’t own it. Everyone owns it. This is why open source is valuable. ... if you choose to make it , that means something, and you have the moral obligation to uphold."

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ICYMI from 2019, excellent insights about type situations from @vmbrasseur --

"They knowingly released their secret sauce under permissive licenses and have discovered that doing so means that competitors can create more compelling product offerings based upon the same technology ... The only problem with this is that it came as a surprise to these companies and now they’re reacting poorly."

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Good recap article (and comments) posted today at looking back at the license evaluation and why it didn't pass community review.

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