'Each year the Free Software award goes to someone making "a great
contribution to the progress and development of free software, through
activities that accord with the spirit of free software." This year's
winner is a former executive of the GNOME Foundation, Karen Sandler.
Jeremy Allison - Sam, Slashdot reader #8,157, brought this
Richard Stallman, President of the FSF, presented Sandler with the
award during a ceremony. Stallman highlighted Sandler's dedication to
software freedom. Stallman told the crowd that Sandler's "vivid
warning about backdoored nonfree software in implanted medical devices
has brought the issue home to people who never wrote a line of code.
Her efforts, usually not in the public eye, to provide pro bono legal
advice to free software organizations and [with Software Freedom
Conservancy] to organize infrastructure for free software projects and
copyleft defense, have been equally helpful."
In her acceptance speech, Sandler spoke about her dedication to free
software as a patient, advocate and professional. "Coming to terms
with a dangerous heart condition should never have cost me fundamental
control over the technology that my life relies on", said Sandler...
"This issue is personal not just for me but for anyone who relies on
software, and today that means every single person." '
-- source: https://news.slashdot.org/story/18/03/31/0322217
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