Response from Nadine Strossen, former (first woman) president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), to the slander and harassment campaign against Richard Stallman.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago , 2015 was the Free Software Foundation’s (FSF) thirtieth year defending and advancing computer users’ rights. They are taking the occasion of this significant anniversary to start a year-long intensive process of reviewing where they are: Taking stock of their current initiatives, making sure they have appropriate metrics and desired outcomes associated with each one, and assessing how they use their resources in light of that information. With a clearer sense of where they are, they can improve their efficiency, and do a better job at prioritizing what’s most important. Being able to clearly demonstrate their successes will in turn lead to more resources, enabling to expand and take on more projects.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) turned thirty years old on October 4th, 2015. They celebrated the occasion -not just what it means for the organization, but what it means for the success and longevity of the free software movement- with a daytime User Freedom Summit, followed by an evening party featuring toasts by longtime friends and associates of the FSF, and an address by their president Richard M. Stallman (RMS). Friends around the world also celebrated, putting on over 22 events in 8 countries. Individuals who couldn’t attend events watched their free-software-powered video stream.