Simon Phipps is creating insights into open source, digital rights and free culture
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patrons

$91
per major posting
TL;DR:  
I write, speak, comment and tweet 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 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. I still write as often as I can, breaking news and providing comment on what's happening in open source, digital rights and free culture. During 2014 for example I was frequently first with the independent analysis of happenings like Microsoft's opening of .Net, Google's support for ODF (a story I broke) and various "fauxpen source" startup strategies. Before that, I was the origin of useful ideas in open source like "the freedom to leave is the reason to stay", of various written resources like a series of papers explaining open source to businesses.

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. 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 could: 
  • free me to devote more time to OSI, ORG, TDF and others
  • allow me to write for sites like Opensource.Com, Opensource.org 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
Rewards
Pledge $1.50 or more per major posting
4 patrons
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 won't claim a reward for more than five in any given month.
Pledge $5 or more per major posting
4 patrons
Print Posts: In addition to Post Alerts, 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). Again, it will be capped at 5 per month and that will be a rare event.
Pledge $10 or more per major posting
1 patron
Stickers: In addition to all the above, to thank you for pledging I'll occasionally send you a selection of stickers for your laptop.
Pledge $20 or more per major posting
0 patrons
Coffee Coaster: In addition to everything above, to thank you for pledging I'll send you a ceramic white tile coaster with my purple thistle logo in recognition of your generosity.
Pledge $50 or more per major posting
1 of 5 patrons
Topic Request:  At this reward level, you may request I include coverage of a topic of your choice related to my areas (subject to confirmation). My coverage will be public.
Goals
$91 of $250 per major posting
Freelancing means looking for a publication to buy every story, usually for between $130 and $250. Meeting this goal will mean feeling free to write the articles that need writing and not the ones that an editor will pay for (after it's been rewritten a few times to match his or her worldview).
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TL;DR:  
I write, speak, comment and tweet 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 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. I still write as often as I can, breaking news and providing comment on what's happening in open source, digital rights and free culture. During 2014 for example I was frequently first with the independent analysis of happenings like Microsoft's opening of .Net, Google's support for ODF (a story I broke) and various "fauxpen source" startup strategies. Before that, I was the origin of useful ideas in open source like "the freedom to leave is the reason to stay", of various written resources like a series of papers explaining open source to businesses.

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. 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 could: 
  • free me to devote more time to OSI, ORG, TDF and others
  • allow me to write for sites like Opensource.Com, Opensource.org 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

Recent posts by Simon Phipps

Rewards
Pledge $1.50 or more per major posting
4 patrons
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 won't claim a reward for more than five in any given month.
Pledge $5 or more per major posting
4 patrons
Print Posts: In addition to Post Alerts, 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). Again, it will be capped at 5 per month and that will be a rare event.
Pledge $10 or more per major posting
1 patron
Stickers: In addition to all the above, to thank you for pledging I'll occasionally send you a selection of stickers for your laptop.
Pledge $20 or more per major posting
0 patrons
Coffee Coaster: In addition to everything above, to thank you for pledging I'll send you a ceramic white tile coaster with my purple thistle logo in recognition of your generosity.
Pledge $50 or more per major posting
1 of 5 patrons
Topic Request:  At this reward level, you may request I include coverage of a topic of your choice related to my areas (subject to confirmation). My coverage will be public.