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Bradley M. Kuhn - 5 months ago 2021-11-23 17:56:17
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<h3 id="NewStaff">New staff!</h3>
 
<div data-read-more="Click more for on our new staff&hellip;">
 

	
 
<p>At the end of last year we were able to hire <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/news/2020/dec/02/sharp-newest-employee/">Sage Sharp</a> as Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion and they are rounding out their first year with us. And finishing up his first six months is <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/may/18/pono-introduction/">Daniel Pono Takamori</a> our Community Organizer & Non-Profit Problem Solver. These two have been very welcome additions to our team of just five full time employees, and one part time employee. We are proud of the breadth of skills and dedication of our team.</p>
 
<p>As a testament to "practice what you preach", we undertook what we consider a fair and equitable hiring process which our executive director Karen wrote about <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/oct/15/equitable-hiring/">here</a>. We lead by example with transparency and making sure we cast a wide net to avoid just hiring within our circles.</p>
 

	
 
<p>We also spent some time updating our website to make it easier to use and better convey our mission and work. Our chat platform moved to <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/jun/21/chat-options/">XMPP</a>. Bridging to IRC and Matrix is supported, so you are welcome to join with whatever client you like (unlike other loose options). As mentioned above, we are committed to using free software for communication and demonstrating that organizations of all sizes can make the same commitment.</p>
 
<p>At the end of last year, we
 
  hired <a href="/news/2020/dec/02/sharp-newest-employee/">Sage Sharp</a> as
 
  Senior Director of Diversity &amp; Inclusion; they about to complete their
 
  first year with us. Meanwhile, finishing up his first six months
 
  is <a href="/blog/2021/may/18/pono-introduction/">Daniel
 
  Pono Takamori</a>, our Community Organizer &amp; Non-Profit Problem
 
  Solver.  These two are very welcome additions to our team of <em>just five</em>
 
  full-time employees, and <em>one</em> part-time employee. We are proud of the
 
  breadth of skills and dedication of our team.</p>
 

	
 
<p>As a testament to &ldquo;practice what you preach&rdquo;, we undertook
 
  what we consider a fair and equitable hiring process which our executive
 
  director
 
  Karen <a href="/blog/2021/oct/15/equitable-hiring/">described
 
  in detail on our website</a>. We
 
  lead by example &mdash; with transparency and casting a wide net to avoid just hiring within our circles.</p>
 

	
 
<p>We also updated our website &mdash; hopefully, you'll find it easier to
 
use and that it better conveys our mission and work.  Our chat platform moved
 
to <a href="/blog/2021/jun/21/chat-options/">XMPP</a>. Bridging to IRC and
 
Matrix is supported, so you are welcome to join with whatever client you like
 
(unlike other loose options).  Throughout the seemingly-endless video
 
chatting during the pandemic, we have been one of only two FOSS organizations
 
who insist on using FOSS video chat platforms like Big Blue Button.  We are
 
committed to using free software for communication and demonstrating that
 
organizations of all sizes can make the same commitment.</p>
 
</div>
 

	
 
<h3 id="WritingAndSpeaking">Writing and Speaking</h3>
 
<div data-read-more="Find out about our writing and speaking engagements&hellip;">
 

	
 
<p>Software Freedom Conservancy team members published some very important writings this year to both give further historical context and modern interpretation. Denver Gingerich wrote about the <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/mar/25/install-gplv2/">installation requirement for the GPLv2</a>. Bradley Kuhn documented the historical record in his related piece about <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/jul/23/tivoization-and-the-gpl-right-to-install/">“Tivoization” and Your Right to Install Under Copyleft</a>. And he writes about <a href=" https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/jun/30/who-should-own-foss-copyrights/">It Matters Who Owns Your Copylefted Copyrights</a>, which garnered a lot of great community conversations. In another vein, Sage Sharp of Outreachy wrote a tremendous piece titled <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/apr/20/how-to-apologize/">So you want to apologize… Now what?</a>, which has helped explain the entire life cycle apologizing for your own behavior. We can all learn from this piece about how to act more humanely in our shared spaces of production.</p>
 
<p>Software Freedom Conservancy team members published important writings this year to both give further historical context and modern interpretation. Denver Gingerich wrote about the <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/mar/25/install-gplv2/">installation requirement for the GPLv2</a>. Bradley Kuhn documented the historical record in his related piece about <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/jul/23/tivoization-and-the-gpl-right-to-install/">“Tivoization” and Your Right to Install Under Copyleft</a>. And he writes about <a href=" https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/jun/30/who-should-own-foss-copyrights/">It Matters Who Owns Your Copylefted Copyrights</a>, which garnered a lot of great community conversations. In another vein, Sage Sharp of Outreachy wrote a tremendous piece titled <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2021/apr/20/how-to-apologize/">So you want to apologize… Now what?</a>, which has helped explain the entire life cycle apologizing for your own behavior. We can all learn from this piece about how to act more humanely in our shared spaces of production.</p>
 

	
 
<p>This was another long year of online conferences. While the traveling was easier (by not doing it), we miss the face to face relationship building that we've come to expect from our big conference gatherings. We can't wait to get back to a sense of normalcy and at least have a little less latency between us.</p>
 
<p>Karen, our executive director, gave two keynotes this year, one at the <a href="https://sfconservancy.org/news/2021/mar/23/karen-lailec-2021/">Leuven AI Law & Ethics Conference</a> and another at <a href="https://conf.linuxappsummit.org/event/3/contributions/71/">Linux App Summit</a>. Karen also spoke with Marina Zhurakhinskaya at All Things Open about the 10+ year history of Outreachy. She was also an invited speaker at <a href="https://heales.org/2021/05/28/conference-big-data-a-i-and-healthy-longevity-how-to-progress-faster-and-better-for-all-scientists-thursday-september-9-2021/">Big Data, A.I. and Healthy Longevity.  How to progress faster and better for all scientists</a>.</p>
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