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The campaigns team and the community work together for free software

by Greg Farough Contributions Published on Jul 25, 2023 10:26 AM

Campaigning for software freedom isn't an easy task. Each and every day, the tech press has headlines about some product a multinational conglomerate is trying to get us to buy, while at the same time trying to tempt us to hand over our freedom in exchange for flashy features and convenience. All too often, we ourselves are the products. This is because nonfree software, when we don't refuse it, can send our data to its developers. Meanwhile, Internet platforms sell information about our habits to the highest bidder. In response to this, the campaigns team's message is a consistent one: all computer users deserve the right to freely study, share, and modify the software that they use in their daily lives. This hasn't changed in our long history, and it isn't going to change.

Luckily, we're not alone in the fight for user freedom. We're continually inspired by the work of free software contributors or groups of contributors that dedicate their time and energy to developing software that supports rather than attacks our freedom. Today, we're sharing Working Together profiles of just three of these individuals. While their voices may be those of just a small fraction of the community, we hope their outstanding dedication to the free software movement will inspire you. We hope that you'll share them with others, too, under the #WorkingTogether hashtag.

  • Our first profile follows two developers from the Free Software Award-winning GNU Jami project, a free as in freedom solution for private videoconferencing. Adrien and S├ębastien from the project tell us about their reasons for writing free software, what motivates their work on GNU Jami, and why all software should be free.

  • Next, we hear from fellow Free Software Award winner Protesilaos Stavrou on what motivates his work on GNU Emacs. In addition to his prolific writing and recorded introductory GNU Emacs materials, Prot is the developer of the Denote and Logos packages, as well as the Modus and Ef color themes. As Prot is a relative newcomer to free software development and the free software movement, his work shows how much a dedicated beginner can learn and accomplish in a short amount of time.

  • We round out this update to the Working Together profiles with an interview of Ali Miracle, a developer with the Uruk project. In the interview, you'll learn about Ali's unique introduction to free software, and how he's using his background to help others learn about software freedom.

As you may have read in our fundraiser extension email, we were unable to meet the first ambitious goal we set for ourselves during this season's associate member drive. We rely on your support to fuel our campaigning for free software across our many different campaigns, both newer efforts like Fight to Repair and the Freedom Ladder as well as our older campaigns like Defective by Design. This said, the surge in new members during the extension, which ends Friday, July 28 has been encouraging, and is precisely the momentum we need to keep offering such campaigns.

Can you join as an FSF associate member to help us support FSF campaigns, GNU, our technical work, and the Licensing and Compliance Lab? The associate member program started in November of 2002 to maintain the core work of the free software movement, independent from major individual or corporate donors. The FSF wanted to be sustained by the community we serve. As of today, associate membership dues and individual donations make up most of the FSF's operational costs. Without members we would not be able to carry out the important work the FSF does for the free software movement.

The associate membership program keeps us working, and the FSF campaigns team is nonstop working for the free software community. Together with your help, we can strive towards a world where computer user freedom is universal. You can start an FSF associate membership for as little as $10 per month ($5 for students), or $120 per year.

You'll be able to enjoy all the associate member benefits, which include merchandise discounts, a 16GB bootable membership card, and use of our associate member videoconferencing server. When you join as an annual associate member at $120 or more, you'll also be eligible for this year's sustainable and stylish, genuine wood GNU head sticker.

Thank you for following our efforts as we work for computer user freedom. We're a small team up against much larger and much better-funded groups, but we have the dedication that we need to succeed. While this year has been a challenge for the FSF, we're determined to, by working together with you, keep fighting the good fight.

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