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Thursday, March 27 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Identity Crisis: Are We Who We Say We Are? - Karen Sandler, GNOME Foundation

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Karen Sandler, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, will discuss the peculiar tension in the intersection of free and open source software and corporate interest. Working in free software often triggers a complicated set of allegiances. When tricky situations arise how do developers decide what their priorities are? As a community how do you know whether a contributor is advocated the best for the project of the best for their employer? How much can governance help? And at the end of the day, how do the ideological components to these projects really play out? And how should they?

The audience is anyone interested in free software development and the evolution of our communities. Attendees should emerge with a more informed perspective on community discussions and ideas about governance based solutions.

This is a very confusing area in free and open source software communities. It's very hard to sort out on whose behalf developers are often talking. I hope this presentation will shed light on the situation and propose proactive solutions   


Karen Sandler

Executive Director, Software Freedom Conservancy
Karen M. Sandler is Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, the nonprofit home of dozens of essential free software projects. She is known for her advocacy for free and open source software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. She was previously... Read More →

Thursday March 27, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
Salon V

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