Contribute To Open Source On #OpenCyberMonday

Today is Cyber Monday, the day when everyone in the US goes back to work after Thanksgiving. Cyber Monday is a celebration of consumerism, and the largest online shopping day of the year. Right now, hundreds of thousands of office workers are browsing Amazon for Christmas presents, while the black sheep of the office are on LiveLeak checking out this year’s Black Friday compartment syndrome compilations.

This is the season of consumption, but there’s still time to give back. We would suggest #OpenCyberMonday, an effort to donate to your favorite Open Source foundations and projects.

It’s not necessary to explain how much we all rely on Open Source software, but it goes even further than the software powering the entire Internet. Hackaday is built on WordPress, and the WordPress Foundation is responsible for very important, very widely used Open Source software. The Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to the compilation of all knowledge. The Internet Archive is a temporal panopticon, preserving our digital heritage for future generations. The Open Source Hardware Association is doing their best to drag physical objects into the realm of Open Source – a much more difficult task than simply having the idea of Copyleft.

While everyone else is busy buying Internet-connected toasters and wearable electronics, take a few minutes and give a gift everyone can enjoy. Make a donation to the Open Source initiative of your choice A list of these foundations can be found on opensource.org. This isn’t a comprehensive list of worthy Open Source initiatives, so if you have any other suggestions, put it out on the Twitters.

7 thoughts on “Contribute To Open Source On #OpenCyberMonday

  1. “Hackaday is built on WordPress, and the WordPress Foundation is responsible for very important, very widely used Open Source software. ”

    Donate some security fixes. :-p

    “Cyber Monday is a celebration of consumerism, and the largest online shopping day of the year.”

    Oddly enough the discounts for some were cheaper Black Friday.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this reminder, and to all those whose contributions enable continued support of open source software projects and the communities that manage them. Sometimes we forget, that while code, time, ideas, and other project specific contributions create and further projects, without the organizations, foundations and communities that support and manage the all our favorite open source projects, all those other contributions might not ever reach the tipping point that turns “your project” into “our project.”

    This year, I am giving to those organizations that created and protect the software freedom, and that makes all the software we use available, shareable, editable: Open Source Initiative (https://opensource.org/donate), Free Software Foundation (https://my.fsf.org/donate), Software Freedom Conservancy (https://sfconservancy.org/donate/), Electronic Frontier Foundation (https://supporters.eff.org/donate/button).

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