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Award for the Advancement of Free Software

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on May 19, 2011 12:48 PM
The FSF gives an award for the advancement of Free Software every year at the LibrePlanet conference.

The Free Software Foundation Award for the Advancement of Free Software is presented annually to an individual who has made a great contribution to the progress and development of free software, through activities that accord with the spirit of free software. The winner of the 2018 award was announced at LibrePlanet 2019.

Nominations for this year's award are now closed.

Individuals who describe their projects as "open" instead of "free" are eligible nonetheless, provided the software is in fact free/libre.

The 2018 award was accepted by Deborah Nicholson, who, motivated by the intersection of technology and social justice, advocates access to political information, unfettered freedom of speech and assembly, and civil liberties in our increasingly digital world. She joined the free software movement in 2006 after years of local organizing for free speech, marriage equality, government transparency and access to the political process. The Free Software Foundation recognizes her as an exceptional opinion leader, activist and community advocate.

Previous winners include Karen Sandler, Alexandre Oliva, Werner Koch, Sébastien Jodogne, Matthew Garrett, Dr. Fernando Perez, Yukihiro Matsumoto, Rob Savoye, John Gilmore, Wietse Venema, Harald Welte, Ted Ts'o, Andrew Tridgell, Theo de Raadt, Alan Cox, Larry Lessig, Guido van Rossum, Brian Paul, Miguel de Icaza and Larry Wall.

For awards prior to 2004, historical award information is also available.

Title Effective Date
News Item OpenStreetMap and Deborah Nicholson win 2018 FSF Awards Mar 23, 2019 07:30 PM
News Item Public Lab and Karen Sandler are 2017 Free Software Awards winners Mar 24, 2018 06:50 PM
News Item SecureDrop and Alexandre Oliva are 2016 Free Software Awards winners Mar 25, 2017 07:15 PM
News Item Library Freedom Project and Werner Koch are 2015 Free Software Awards winners Mar 19, 2016 07:55 PM
News Item Sébastien Jodogne, Reglue are Free Software Award winners Mar 21, 2015 07:05 PM
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News Item The Free Software Foundation opens nominations for the 17th annual Free Software Awards Oct 17, 2014 01:05 PM
News Item D source code Matthew Garrett, GNOME Foundation's Outreach Program for Women are Free Software Award winners Mar 22, 2014 07:10 PM
Blog Entry text/texmacs Who takes free software to new heights? Oct 03, 2013 07:15 PM
News Item D source code 2012 Free Software Award winners announced Mar 23, 2013 06:35 PM
Blog Entry Last day to submit Free Software Awards nominations! Nov 15, 2012 02:05 PM
Blog Entry Nominate your free software heroes Oct 18, 2012 05:20 PM
News Item The Free Software Foundation opens nominations for the 15th Annual Free Software Awards Oct 15, 2012 01:10 PM
News Item D source code 2011 Free Software Awards announced Mar 26, 2012 02:10 PM
News Item D source code 2010 Free Software Awards announced Mar 22, 2011 06:30 PM
News Item 2009 Free Software Awards Announced Mar 20, 2010 05:30 PM
News Item Wietse Venema and Creative Commons announced as winners of the 2008 annual free software awards Mar 24, 2009 04:20 PM
News Item Harald Welte and Groklaw announced as winners of the FSF's 2007 annual free software awards Mar 19, 2008 02:15 PM
News Item Ted Ts'o wins the 2006 Award for the Advancement of Free Software Mar 26, 2007 01:30 PM
News Item 2005 Free Software Award Winner Announced Jan 25, 2006 02:15 PM
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