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Introducing Saurabh, FSF campaigns intern

by Zak Rogoff Contributions Published on Apr 24, 2013 07:38 PM
Hi, I'm Saurabh. I'm working as an intern with the campaigns team during the spring semester.

I worked with Mozilla when I was in college as a Campus Rep and as a Rep later. I'm also a member of Greenpeace and have done a little online activism with DemandProgress, SumOfUs, etc. Since college, I've been working as a professional web developer for the past two years, and I love my job. My areas of interest include accessible technical documentation, standardization, realtime communication technologies and freedom. I blog sometimes at and write pretty obsolete and useless code for my own entertainment by the name jsx. You can also find me on Freenode by that name.

I'm a huge fan and follower of the free culture. I believe that freedom -- whether digital or otherwise -- is a fundamental right of everyone. This includes all kinds of freedoms: freedom to live, learn, express and share. Even when you 'buy' software from Microsoft (or the like), you don't own it in reality. And the overpriced shiny Apple gadget that you bought is no different, if not worse. What kind of freedom is it when the program you are supposed to "own" doesn't allow you to modify it or let you learn how it works, or even share it with your grandmother? How can we say that we are living in a free society when we are not allowed to install programs on our mobile phone that are not pre-approved by the device manufacturer? I, like many others, dream of a world where we control the devices we use and where information is a shared wealth that's accessible to all. I believe that free software and software freedom are the way to that goal.

When it comes to digital freedom, we often overlook how far away we are from being "free." We adjust with the way things are just because we don't think it's worth fighting it. Organizations like the FSF, EFF, etc. are our last resistance against this corporate control. We take these guardians and their efforts for granted and don't realize or acknowledge how they are making the world a better place until one day they are gone -- until the day no one else is left fighting for us. I don't know what more to say. I'm so proud and excited that I got this chance to work with the FSF. Everyone I've met here so far is really nice and I look forward to working with them. I know I won't be changing the world overnight, but I do believe I can do something that amounts to something.

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