Simon Phipps

is creating digital rights interventions
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Post Alerts: I'll send you a link and TL;DR summary of the article as soon as it's posted. Most months I write between one and four "major posts" (which includes FLOSS Weekly appearances and conference talks). I'll also post non-public summaries when I intervene at meetings and events.

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Print Posts: In addition to Supporter benefits, I'll also send you the text of each article that is published in print or non-public publications where that's allowed (you will most likely get my pre-edit final draft). I may ask you for input on early drafts as well.

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Stickers: In addition to all the above, to thank you for pledging I'll occasionally send you a selection of stickers for your laptop.




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About Simon Phipps

I'm an older, hands-on activist who volunteers, writes, speaks, comments and tweets on open source and digital freedom in the meshed society. I would value support so I can freely write Meshed "Explainers", co-host FLOSS Weekly, write for OpenSource.OrgOpenSource.Com, and volunteer at the Open Source Initiative, the Open Rights Group, the CONSUL Foundation and The Document Foundation.

The Details:

I've been around the computer industry all my working life. You may remember me from my days at large computer companies like IBM and Sun, but these days I'm independent and this work is funded entirely by patronage here and by direct consulting (please get in touch!) 

Most of what I spend my time on is voluntary work, such as serving on the boards of the Open Rights Group and The Document Foundation. Volunteering doesn't pay the bills, so I have supported this by writing, speaking and consulting. It's increasingly hard to get publications to pay for freelance writing and I would like to be able to post more often than any publications will support. I also try to accept speaking engagements, but these days few events on the free culture calendar even cover travel costs, let alone pay speakers.

Your support will: 
  • free me to devote more time to Consul, OSI, ORG, TDF and others;
  • help me intervene personally in current digital rights issues - at meetings, with papers, online;
  • allow me to write for sites like Opensource.Com, and others that never pay contributors;
  • enable me to travel to attend events like FOSDEM to provide an independent eye and voice that's not controlled by the big corporate contributors;
  • comment freely on political and corporate moves that affect open source, digital rights and free culture.
$97 of $175 per major posting
Freelancing means looking for a publication to buy every story, usually for between $130 and $250. Meeting this goal will ensure I write an article regularly rather than waiting to find an editor to commission one.
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