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Hi, I'm Sage Sharp! I use they/them pronouns.

I'll mostly be tooting about Outreachy. Outreachy is a paid, remote internship program. Outreachy supports diversity in free software and open source.

There will also be many many cat pictures. I might also talk about Python, Django, and web development.

Opinions are mine alone, and do not represent my employer.

I have an account on now: TidalTraveler. I'm adding pictures and making notes about the tidepool creatures I've seen on my trips.

I love that iNaturalist is open source, allows you to add Creative Commons licensing to photos, and it encourages citizen open science.

Check it out!

Heads up! is on track to ban all commercial activity by projects on Microsoft Store in about a week! This is even worse than their (eventually repealed) 2011 ban on for their app store! 😡️ We demand rollback of this new policy:

uspol, abortion funds list 

There are still some states in the U.S. where abortion is legal. Please consider donating to abortion funds, so people can get their procedure and travel costs covered.

Would anyone experienced in web #accessibility like to bounce some ideas? The HTML generated by lcov and grcov (code coverage tools) is not very accessible, and we need such reports for the accesibility infrastructure libraries.

AI no longer used by child protective services 

AI models are built with data sets. And if your data set has racial bias in it, your AI output will reflect that.

I'm so glad Oregon is dropping an AI tool that was supposed to help social workers decide whether to take action on a child welfare report.

No AI should make these kinds of decisions.

@opensourceseeds @plants So far they have collected over 26k € out of a 30k € initial goal. Their campaign runs out in 2 days, so it is crucial that they at least make the missing 4k.

Head to to find out more about the project and to become part of the open source seed revolution!


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@opensourceseeds @plants Patented seeds and the shift toward F1 varieties exacerbate the situation further, making farmers wholly dependent on the agro industry.

The solution? Open source seed varieties, crowdfunding the significant costs for getting them certified and make sure their derivatives can't ever be privatised.

@opensourceseeds are currently crowdfunding the development of a new rye variety, dubbed "Baldachin".


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I'm supporting @opensourceseeds in their crowdfunding campaign to develop an #OpenSource rye variety.

Why do we need open source seeds?

Over the last few decades seed variety has decreased dramatically due to commercial pressure and most are owned by only a handful of companies.

In many countries (including the EU) small farmers are unable to sell or even pass on heritage seeds without obtaining prohibitively expensive paperwork.

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#sustainability #farming #OpenSourceSeeds @plants

Everyone: Big Tech should support developers, who develop tools Big Tech was built on, so that important FLOSS projects are well-maintained, quickly patched, and secure.

Google: pay us to access versions of open-source software we audited ourselves.

i read a thing recently that blew my mind a little.
went something like:

people can imagine time travel to the past and one little act making massive differences in the timeline

but in their present they think even the greatest effort they can put in will not make any difference to the future

This is a win *not* just for @conservancy! This win indicates that federal courts view GPL is both a license and a contract — as we have long argued. The case now proceeds in state court.
Support this case and our work by becoming a Sustainer:

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In the ruling, 👩‍⚖️ Staton stated “the enforcement of ‘an additional contractual promise separate & distinct from any rights provided by the copyright laws’ amounts to an ‘extra element,’ & ∴ SFC's claims are not preempted“ by federal copyright law

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Hooray! @conservancy convinced a federal judge that the GPL provides extra protections beyond copyright law.

"The ruling is a watershed moment in the history of copyleft licensing. This ruling shows that the GPL agreements function both as copyright licenses and as contractual agreements,” says Karen M. Sandler, executive director of Software Freedom Conservancy.

Now the case goes back to California, where Conservancy will argue for consumer rights to receive source code.

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