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Be a guide for tech giving

by Zak Rogoff Contributions Published on Dec 11, 2015 02:03 PM
In the flurry of holiday advertising that happens at the end of the year, many people are swept into buying electronics gifts that trample their recipients' freedom and that take more than they give.

Flyer Handoff The FSF's Giving Guide is designed to make it easy for you to choose tech gifts that respect recipients' rights and avoid those that don't. But to have the greatest possible impact, we also need you to spread the word about ethical tech this season.

This guide is an easy-to-use resource that can make a difference in what people buy. We just need to get it in front of them, and we're doing that with events called Giveaways.

Can you spread the word by organizing a Giving Guide Giveaway in your community? Get started now with our primer.

Giveaways are public meet-ups where we gather to hand out our attractive Giving Guide flyer to holiday shoppers trying to decide which electronics to pick up. By having face-to-face interactions with people in your area, you'll be getting your message across way more effectively than we can by talking about it online. And you'll be building our activist community as well, as you meet and make friends with like-minded people in your area. The flyer is available in multiple languages thanks to the work of many volunteers, and we hope to have more soon!

The FSF is organizing our own Giveaway in Somerville, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, December 16th. If you're in our area, we'd love to have you join us! See the details and RSVP.

We've created a primer to get you started organizing a Giveaway. Get a few friends together for a small Giveaway, or make a splash with a big one -- it's about spreading the message this season in whatever way is best for you. If you aren't able to get people together for the Giveaway, you can have an impact just by printing out some flyers and leaving them at your office or a community space. Check out the primer now, and organize your Giveaway!

One more thing: a key FSF directive is to educate people about computer user freedom, so that they can be empowered to fight for it. With the Giving Guide, our LibrePlanet conference and our internship programs, we go offline and use face-to-face interaction to light a fire of knowledge and ethical conviction in those we touch. The impact is multiplied when each member of our community lights the flames of others. But as powerful as we are together, we cannot keep our flame burning without financial support. If you can, please donate or become a member today, and carry us towards our goal of $450,000 by January 31st.

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