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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The Institute for Computing in Research Announces Portland Cohort

6 new interns set to explore computing research and software freedom in Portland

August 3, 2021

2019 Santa Fe interns with Program Manager, Rhonda Crespo

2019 Santa Fe interns with Program Manager, Rhonda Crespo
© Mark Galassi, CC BY-SA 4.0

One of Conservancy's member projects The Institute for Computing in Research is launching a new branch of their mentoring and internship program for high school students this week in Portland, Oregon. This unique paid internship introduces high school students to software freedom as part of a summer research position that focuses on introducing young scholars to computing in areas of physical science, life science, social science, arts and humanities. We're very happy to be hosting and facilitating an initiative that is lending long time experience to fostering a new generation of scientists.

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How We Hired Our Last Employee: Equitable Hiring Processes for Small (and Large) Organizations

by Karen Sandler on October 15, 2021

Like many small organization that are overloaded with work, it's hard to make the time to conduct a proper hiring process, and no one on staff is dedicated to making sure the process goes smoothly. Because it is very important to our organizational values to make sure that our hiring is fair and also that we wind up with the best person for the job, we were very careful in how we designed our search.

Here's a short list of some of the key things we did:

  • bring in an independent review of the candidates
  • ask all of the candidates the same questions
  • design an exercise that connects to the actual work the employee will be doing in the role
  • judge the exercise responses on an anonymous basis
  • keep the time required for applicants to invest in the interviewing process as minimal as possible
  • pay applicants who are required to invest more substantial time in the process

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