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Last chance to submit your nominations for the FSF Awards!

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Nov 02, 2018 04:10 PM
Contributors: Jake Glass

Is there someone who you think has advanced the progress of computing freedom, someone you think of as a free software hero? How about a great project that uses free software principles to benefit society? Now is your chance to nominate them for a Free Software Foundation (FSF) Award. The deadline to submit your nominations of individuals or projects for the FSF Awards is Sunday, November 4th, 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

Each year the FSF gives out two awards at the LibrePlanet conference; the Award for the Advancement of Free Software and the Award for Projects of Social Benefit. The winners of the 2018 awards will be announced at LibrePlanet 2019, happening on March 23rd and 24th, 2019, in the Greater Boston Area.

The FSF 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. Last year's award was accepted by Karen Sandler, the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, as well as a perennial LibrePlanet speaker. Previous winners include Alexandre Oliva, Matthew Garrett, Alan Cox, Larry Lessig, Guido van Rossum, Miguel de Icaza and Larry Wall. Submit your nomination for this individual award at

The FSF Award for Projects of Social Benefit is presented to the project or team responsible for applying free software, or the ideas of the free software movement, in a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society in other aspects of life. Last year, Public Lab, a community and non-profit organization with the goal of democratizing science to address environmental issues by utilizing free software tools and techniques, received the award. Previous winners include SecureDrop, GNU Health, Tor, the Internet Archive, Creative Commons, and Wikipedia. Submit your nomination for this project/team award at

The free software movement is powered by dedicated individuals and has fostered many incredible projects that are making a difference in both local and global communities. What are you waiting for? Take a few minutes to give props to people and projects that have changed the world.

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