@fsi This is an important, timely, and well phrased report and the framing of temporarily-open licenses vs forever-open licenses is brilliant.
PS. @conservancy is funded by Google (https://sfconservancy.org/sponsors/) and I protest at my name being included in a list that includes them. If you’re happy taking money from surveillance capitalists like Google, we have nothing in common.
We were not aware that @conservancy is financed by Google. Thanks for pointing this out!
The choice of including the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) in the paper was inspired by the role of Bradley M. Kuhn in the creation of the Affero GPL (https://sfconservancy.org/blog/?author=bkuhn).
Since an involvement of Google conflicts with our standards (as stated in our statute https://wiki.f-si.org/index.php/F-Si_Statute), we have removed the SFC from the white paper. Anyhow, they have not provided any feedback to it.
Are you not concerned that that money that could have been used to fight the corps will now be used for something non-beneficial?
You're implying that the donation was intentional attempt at buying out the conservancy and not just a PR stunt to boost Google's image by donating to some random non-profit
If you have some proof for that I would like to see it
The Free Silicon Foundation has now removed them from the whitepaper also.
I don’t even know what to say anymore. Disappointed doesn’t even begin to cover it.
@aral @fsi @conservancy @fsfe don’t let it get you down. You can only take one step at a time. Well done for noting and pointing out where funding issues are a conflict of interest. Others may now consider there own initial sources of funding going forward if they wish to be in theses spaces/ debates of privacy and free software.
We did not suspect that Google is since 2013 not only **a** sponsor, but **the main** sponsor, of the Free Software Foundation Europe @fsfe :
https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus-2013.en.html . Thanks for the hint!
This is like if ExxonMobil was financing Greenpeace.
I don't think "main" is quite accurate: rather "the biggest", many years in a row.
@fsfe : for more transparency and the concerns raised here, how about publicly stating a precise percentage for any donator above 10%?
This suggests that there are statistical fluctuations of the Google contribution to FSFE oscillating around 10%.
No environmentalist organisation is funded by ExxonMobil. And if they tell you they are, well, then you know they’re not really for the environment.
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