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Conservancy will continue our basic community services, thanks to our first 750 Supporters! We still need 809 more Supporters to avoid reducing licensing work & hibernating our enforcement efforts in 2017.
1,031 have joined so far. Thus, our 750 goal was achieved & 281 have joined beyond that. Also, match pledges reduced our 2,500 maximum need by 660 !

Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy is a not-for-profit charity that helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects. This allows FLOSS developers to focus on what they do best — writing and improving FLOSS for the general public — while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that do not relate directly to software development and documentation.

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September 14, 2016

Conservancy's Executive Director Delivered Keynote Address at BroCon

Karen Sandler, Software Freedom Conservancy's Executive Director, delivered the keynote address at BroCon yesterday in Austin, Texas. BroCon is the annual conference of the Bro Network Security Monitor Project. Bro is one of Conservancy's member projects, having joined Conservancy in 2015. BroCon is where the Bro user and developer community meet to discuss the Bro project and strategize on methods to better secure computer networks. While the Bro Project is 20 years old, the conference has grown by over 50% in recent years.


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See you at OSCON EU!

Posted by Karen Sandler on October 14, 2016

Karen talks about this upcoming week at OSCON EU, where she is giving a session talk about worldwide enforcement efforts, a keynote entitled "Is Software Freedom a Social Justice Issue?" and, with kind volunteers, will be staffing a booth on the expo floor. If you are attending OSCON EU, come say hello!

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ContractPatch, Step 2: Understanding the power balance

Posted by Karen Sandler on September 26, 2016

This is the second installment in the Contract Patch initiative. With ContractPatch, our goal is to help provide knowledge to employees, along with sample language for better contract terms. The first step in this process is understanding the dynamics at work in employment arrangements. Step 1 is knowing that everything is negotiable and step 2 is knowing where you stand in the negotiation. Quite simply, you likely will never have as much power as you do the moment just before you sign your employment agreement.

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