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Bradley M. Kuhn - 5 months ago 2021-11-23 17:49:24
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  technology providers accountable to the people most 
 
  impacted by their actions.</p>
 

	
 
<p>This year, we filed more DMCA exemption requests than any organization in
 
<p id="dmca-exemptions">This year, we filed more DMCA exemption requests than any organization in
 
  the country &mdash;
 
  and <a href="/news/2021/oct/28/2021-DMCA-final-exemptions-win/">we won on
 
  every single one</a>.  We clarified the right to jailbreak of routers (an
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<h3 id="Highlights">Highlights from some of our member projects</h3>
 
<div data-read-more="Read more about our projects&hellip;">
 
<p>Software Freedom Conservancy have helped our projects engage in critical work this year. Overall, we funded $1.7 million in work to improve software freedom, this year alone! </p>
 
<p>We helped <b>Outreachy</b> expand to its largest cohorts ever. Our last round accepted 71 interns, and we announced this week that the current round will have 62! (that's 133 interns, an 27% growth from the previous two rounds!) We're grateful to be able support Outreachy to serve more communities who are committed to helping to push back against systemic underrepresentation in technology and software.</p>
 

	
 
<p><b>Godot</b> has continued to push the boundary of what we thought was possible with an open source game engine, with an impressive team contracted by Software Freedom Conservancy. The team is building their community and we are so proud to see how their <a href="https://godotengine.org/community">focus on community</a> has been to their benefit. To see the cutting edge of what creators are making, see their <a href="https://godotengine.org/article/announcing-2021-godot-games-showreel">newest showreel</a>.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Software Freedom Conservancy is also proud to support the <b>Reproducible Builds</b> team as they ensure the security of computer systems of all shapes and sizes around the world. We know that as time goes on we'll see how necessary and vital this project is. The <a href="https://reproducible-builds.org/tools/">tools they've made</a> are freely available to help others increase reproducibility in their own projects.</p>
 

	
 
<p><b>OpenWrt</b> had their OpenWrt 21.02 release which increases the default security options including optional SELinux and <acronym title="Address Space Layout Randomization">ASLR</acronym>. This project empowers users to run a free operating system on their routers, and combined with our DMCA exemption, makes the landscape of free firmware much easier to explore and deploy. Another member project, <b>coreboot</b>, has further grown the supported hardware list for freeing your bootloader. These two projects are at the core of our <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/copyleft-compliance/firmware-liberation.html">firmware liberation initiation</a>. As more and more companies find out, consumers are drawn to hardware that can run copyleft software and contrary to popular belief, are willing to pay for it!</p>
 

	
 
<p><b>The Institute for Computing in Research</b> has furthered it's mission by expanding it's intern cohort to include a selection of six high school students in Portland, Oregon. This unique paid internship introduces high school students to software freedom as part of a summer research position that focuses on introducing young scholars to computing in areas of physical science, life science, social science, arts, and humanities. Supported by academics at Portland State University, Reed College, and Oregon State University, the cohort in Portland has projects in computational biology, natural language processing, pure math, and AI and game theory. </p>
 
  <p>Software Freedom Conservancy helped our projects engage in critical work
 
  this year. Overall, we funded <strong>$1.7 million</strong> in work to
 
  improve software freedom &mdash: this year alone!  Those funds
 
  go <em>directly</em> to fund <acronym title="Free and Open Source Software">FOSS</acronym>
 
  contributors.  We do the arduous work to sustain these FOSS communities:</p>
 

	
 
<p>We helped <b>Outreachy</b> expand to its largest cohorts ever. Our last
 
round accepted 71 interns, and we announced this week that the current round
 
 will have 62! (That's 133 interns &mdash; an <strong>27% growth</strong> from the previous two
 
rounds!) We're grateful to be able support Outreachy to serve more
 
communities who are committed to helping to push back against systemic
 
underrepresentation in technology and software.</p>
 

	
 
<p><b>Godot</b> has continued to push the boundary of what anyone thought was
 
  possible with an open source game engine.  Godot's impressive team, funded
 
  through contracts with Software Freedom Conservancy, continues to building
 
  their community and their excellent codebase.  We are so proud of their beneficial
 
  <a href="https://godotengine.org/community">focus on community</a>.  Watch
 
  their fun, exciting,
 
  and <a href="https://godotengine.org/article/announcing-2021-godot-games-showreel">brand
 
  new showreel</a> to see what these cutting edge creators are making.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Software Freedom Conservancy also proudly supports, with direct funding of
 
  contributors, the <b>Reproducible Builds</b> team.  They ensure the
 
  security of computer systems of all shapes and sizes around the world.
 
  This necessary and vital project becomes even more essential in the age of
 
  direct attacks on technological
 
  infrastructure. The <a href="https://reproducible-builds.org/tools/">tools
 
  they've made</a> are freely available to help others increase
 
  reproducibility in their own projects.</p>
 

	
 
<p><b>OpenWrt</b> recently had their OpenWrt 21.02 release &mdash; which
 
  increases the default security options including optional SELinux
 
  and <acronym title="Address Space Layout Randomization">ASLR</acronym>. 
 
  OpenWrt empowers users to run a free
 
  operating system on their routers.  Combined with <a href="#dmca-exemptions">our DMCA exemption</a>,
 
  the landscape of free firmware is now much easier to explore and
 
  deploy.  Meanwhile, another of our projects, <b>coreboot</b>, has further grown the supported hardware
 
  list for freeing your bootloader. These two projects are at the core of
 
  our <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/copyleft-compliance/firmware-liberation.html">firmware
 
  liberation initiative</a>. As our work continues,  more companies will learn
 
  what most router companies already know: consumers
 
  prefer hardware that can run copylefted software and &mdash; contrary to
 
  popular belief &mdash; will gladly pay <em>more</em>  for hardware that
 
  respects their rights and freedoms!</p>
 

	
 
<p><b>The Institute for Computing in Research</b> has furthered its mission.
 
  After two successful rounds of interns in Santa Fe, New Mexico,
 
  <acronym title="The Institute for Computing in Research">ICR</acronym>
 
  expanded its intern cohort to include a selection of six high school
 
  students in Portland, Oregon. These unique paid internships introduce high
 
  school students to software freedom as part of a summer research position
 
  that focuses on introducing young scholars to computing in areas of
 
  physical science, life science, social science, arts, and
 
  humanities. Supported by academics at Portland State University, Reed
 
  College, and Oregon State University, the cohort in Portland has projects
 
  in computational biology, natural language processing, pure math, and AI
 
  and game theory. </p>
 
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