[PLUG] Fwd: Nominations are open for the 14th annual Free Software awards
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Subject: Nominations are open for the 14th annual Free Software awards
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Nominations are open for the 14th annual Free Software awards
BOSTON, October 4, 2011 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU
Project today announced the opening of nominations for the 14th annual Free
Award for the Advancement of Free Software
The Free Software Foundation Award for the Advancement of Free Software is
presented annually by FSF president Richard Stallman 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, Rob Savoye was recognized with the Award for the Advancement of
Free Software for his contributions to compiler and testing tools, and his
leadership of the GNU Gnash project, a fully-free replacement for Adobe
Flash. Savoye joined a prestigious list of previous winners including John
Gilmore, Wietse Venema, Harald Welte, Ted Ts'o, Andrew Tridgell, Theo de
Raadt, Alan Cox, Larry Lessig, Guido van Rossum, Brian Paul, Miguel de Icaza
and Larry Wall.
Award for Projects of Social Benefit
Nominations are also open for the 2011 Award for Projects of Social Benefit.
The Social Benefit award recognizes a project that intentionally and
significantly benefits society through collaboration to accomplish an
important social task.
Last year, The Tor Project received this award, in recognition of its work
to fight against surveillance inflicted by increasingly restrictive
governments and to improve the safety and wellbeing of all Internet
Previous winners have included the Internet Archive, Creative Commons,
Groklaw, the Sahana project, and Wikipedia.
In the case of both awards, previous winners are not eligible for
nomination, but renomination of other previous nominees is encouraged. Only
individuals are eligible for nomination for the Advancement of Free Software
Award (not projects), and only projects can be nominated for the Social
Benefit Award (not individuals).
The award committee has not been finalized, but is made up of previous
winners, free software activists and FSF president, Richard Stallman.
Please send your nominations to award-nominations at gnu.org, on or before
Monday, November 7th, 2011. Please submit nominations in the following
In the email message subject line, either put the name of the person you
are nominating for the Award for Advancement of Free Software, or put the
name of the project for the Award for Projects of Social Benefit.
Please include, in the body of your message, an explanation (40 lines or
less) of the work done and why you think it is especially important to the
advancement of software freedom or how it benefits society, respectively.
Please state, in the body of your message, where to find the materials
(e.g., software, manuals, or writing) which your nomination is based on.
Information about the previous awards can be found at
http://www.fsf.org/awards. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony
at the LibrePlanet conference tentatively scheduled for March 2012, in
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