## Nominations are open for the 14th annual Free Software awards
BOSTON, October 4, 2011 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the
GNU Project today announced the opening of nominations for the 14th
annual Free Software Awards.
### Award for the Advancement of Free Software
The Free Software Foundation Award for the Advancement of Free
Software is presented annually by FSF president Richard Stallman to an
individual who has made a great contribution to the progress and
development of free software, through activities that accord with the
spirit of free software.
Last year, Rob Savoye was recognized with the Award for the
Advancement of Free Software for his contributions to compiler and
testing tools, and his leadership of the GNU Gnash project, a
fully-free replacement for Adobe Flash. Savoye joined a prestigious
list of previous winners including John Gilmore, Wietse Venema, Harald
Welte, Ted Ts'o, Andrew Tridgell, Theo de Raadt, Alan Cox, Larry
Lessig, Guido van Rossum, Brian Paul, Miguel de Icaza and Larry Wall.
### Award for Projects of Social Benefit
Nominations are also open for the 2011 Award for Projects of Social
Benefit. The Social Benefit award recognizes a project that
intentionally and significantly benefits society through collaboration
to accomplish an important social task.
Last year, The Tor Project received this award, in recognition of its
work to fight against surveillance inflicted by increasingly
restrictive governments and to improve the safety and wellbeing of all
Previous winners have included the Internet Archive, Creative Commons,
Groklaw, the Sahana project, and Wikipedia.
In the case of both awards, previous winners are not eligible for
nomination, but renomination of other previous nominees is
encouraged. Only individuals are eligible for nomination for the
Advancement of Free Software Award (not projects), and only projects
can be nominated for the Social Benefit Award (not individuals).
The award committee has not been finalized, but is made up of previous
winners, free software activists and FSF president, Richard Stallman.
Please send your nominations to <award-nominations@gnu....>, on or
before Monday, November 7th, 2011. Please submit nominations in the
* In the email message subject line, either put the name of the person
you are nominating for the Award for Advancement of Free Software, or
put the name of the project for the Award for Projects of Social
* Please include, in the body of your message, an explanation (40
lines or less) of the work done and why you think it is especially
important to the advancement of software freedom or how it benefits
* Please state, in the body of your message, where to find the
materials (e.g., software, manuals, or writing) which your nomination
is based on.
Information about the previous awards can be found at
<http://www.fsf.org/awards>. Winners will be recognized at an awards
ceremony at the LibrePlanet conference tentatively scheduled for March
2012, in Boston, Massachusetts.