Software Freedom Conservancy

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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Daniel Pono Takamori is Conservancy's Newest Employee

May 13, 2021

Software Freedom Conservancy is pleased to announce that Daniel Pono Takamori has joined as Community Organizer and Nonprofit Problem Solver.

picture of Pono

Pono at Broken Top in Oregon
© Daniel Pono Takamori, CC BY-SA 4.0

Takamori brings a wealth of skills acquired in his previous positions at other prestigious FOSS organizations, including the Linux Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation and the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. Takamori has spoken on a variety of topics at FOSS events, including recently as a keynoter at SeaGL.

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Conservancy's Executive Director to Keynote AI Law & Ethics Conference

Karen Sandler To Explain the Ethical Implications of AI Without Software Freedom

March 23, 2021

This Friday 26 March 2021, Karen M. Sandler, President & Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, will keynote the second day of the Leuven AI Law & Ethics Conference (LAILEC) 2021. Karen's keynote will cover key issues about the ethics and morality of a world increasingly controlled by AI algorithms and software embedded in our bodies.

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So you want to apologize… Now what?

by Sage A. Sharp on April 20, 2021

This blog post will help you craft an effective apology. Read this to avoid common pitfalls that cause misunderstandings!

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Understanding Installation Requirements in GPLv2

by Denver Gingerich on March 25, 2021

Recently, we received many questions about GPLv2's requirements regarding installation of modified versions of GPLv2'd software on the device on which the software was distributed. GPLv2 was drafted in anticipation of future uses of the software, and includes specific license text regarding installation: “the scripts used to control … installation of the executable”. I explain in this blog post what that means in concrete terms for the software freedom and rights that a copyleft license has always sought to protect.

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On the Recent Announcement by FSF's Board of Directors

by Karen Sandler on March 23, 2021

In response to Sunday's announcement by the Free Software Foundation, we ceased our few remaining activities that intersect directly with the FSF.

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