Richard Stallman returns to FSF 18 months after controversial rape comments

Richard Stallman speaking to an audience while seated at a table.

Enlarge / Richard Stallman, then-president of the Free Software Foundation, speaking in September 2015 in Turin, Italy, about GNU and the free software movement. (credit: Getty Images | Pacific Press)

Richard Stallman has returned to the Free Software Foundation’s board of directors 18 months after his resignation over controversial comments about Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking of a minor and age-of-consent laws.

“I have an announcement to make,” Stallman said at the FSF’s LibrePlanet conference. “I’m now on the Free Software Foundation board of directors once again… Some of you will be happy at this and some might be disappointed, but who knows. In any case, that’s how it is. And I’m not planning to resign a second time.”

Video of Stallman’s announcement is available at It’s FOSS News. Stallman gave a talk at LibrePlanet yesterday on “growing injustices in computing,” including “locked-down operating systems; user-restricting app stores; [and] requiring nonfree client software, including Javascript.”

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