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Introducing Jake Glass, FSF campaigns and licensing intern

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Nov 13, 2018 10:35 AM
Contributors: Jake Glass

Hello software freedom supporters! I am Jake Glass, and I will be interning for both the campaigns and the licensing teams this fall/winter. I am a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where I earned an engineering degree in computer science, and I am currently in the process of applying to law school.

During my summers as an undergraduate, I worked in software development, where I began to consider the ethical ramifications of computing. I realized that my peers and I were often unintentionally building tools to exert social and political control. As the Snowden leaks were emerging around this time, it became clear to me that the pervasiveness of these tools is an imminent threat to freedom worldwide. This was my original motivation in supporting the free software movement: how can we be sure the programs running on our own machines are not spying on us without having access to the source, as required by the Four Freedoms? My interest in these issues concerning copyrights, patents, and civil rights on the Internet has convinced me to attend law school, where I can engage in formal study of these topics.

The FSF's campaigns target important opportunities for free software adoption and development, empower people against specific threats to their freedom, and build communities around free software. My work with the campaigns team will focus on preparing written material for the Libreplanet 2019 conference and the 2019 fundraising season. On the licensing side, I will be assisting in the FSF Licensing & Compliance Lab, the preeminent resource of free licensing for free software developers for over 20 years. Specifically, I will be helping free software developers with their questions sent to, along with creating some new licensing educational material for and I like to quickly describe my internship as copywriting and copyrights! I’m excited to explore the legal and ethical questions concerning computing while building my writing and analytical skills through a organization contributing to global good.

Outside of internet and software freedom, my technology interests include machine learning, data science, and distributed systems. When I'm not working with tech, I enjoy cooking, hockey, biking, and card games.

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