Barack Obama was elected on a platform for change and transparency, prompting some pundits to dub him the first “Open Source President”. But Obama isn’t the only one calling for change and increased transparency in government. Meet the movers and shakers in the transparent government movement and learn how to Open Source government and practically influence local and national government transparency.
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Danese Cooper has an 22-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Ms. Cooper has held many leadership roles within the computer science sector. She has managed teams at Symantec and Apple Inc. and for six years served as Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun Microsystems before leaving to serve as Senior Director for Open Source Strategies at Intel. She advised on open source policy to the R community while at REvolution Computing (now Revolution Analytics), and she served from February 2010 to July 2011 as Chief Technical Officer for the Wikimedia Foundation. She currently runs a successful consultancy to companies wishing to pursue open source strategies, which has served the SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation among other clients. She is a director on the boards of the Drupal Association, and the Open Source Hardware Association, a board advisor for Mozilla and Ushahidi, and has served since 2005 as a Member of the Apache Software Foundation. She was a board member for 10 years at Open Source Initiative.
Greg Elin created the Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation in 2006 and now serves as the organization’s Chief Data Architect, where he researches and evangelizes new ways to share heterogeneous, incomplete government data. The Sunlight Foundation is a Washington DC-based non-partisan grant making and programming foundation committed to helping citizens, bloggers and journalists be their own best congressional watchdogs, by improving access to existing information and digitizing new information, and by creating new tools and Web sites to enable all of us to collaborate in fostering greater transparency. Greg Elin is also the creator of Fotonotes, an open-source image annotation technology, and has attended Etech for many years and learned a great deal.
Co-founder and board member of various non-profits and for-profits in the tech sector, most specifically focused on Open Source: CollabNet, Benetech, EFF, and Mozilla. Co-instigated the Apache Software Foundation. Worked at the White House OSTP and Dept of Health and Human Services. Now looking for companies out to significantly change the world over the next ten years.
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Michael Tiemann wrote the GNU C++ compiler (1987), started the world’s first open source copmany (Cygnus Support, 1989), raised the first venture capital for an open source company (1996), joined the OSI Board (2003) and became President of the OSI in 2005.
He is also VP of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat.
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