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 20-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. She currently serves as the CTO at Wikimedia Foundation. Previously Cooper worked for six years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. on the inception and growth of the various open source projects sponsored by Sun (including Netbeans, GridEngine, JXTA, Jini, OpenSolaris, OpenOffice.org, java.net and blogs.sun.com). She was Sun’s Chief Open Source Evangelist and founded Sun’s Open Source Programs Office. She has unique experience implementing open source projects from within a large proprietary company. She has served on the OSI Board since December 2001 has been a Member of the Apache Software Foundation since 2007. Cooper joined Wikimedia Foundation in February 2010, after four years advising Intel on Open Source Strategies and a year working on startup REvolution Computing. She speaks internationally on open source and licensing issues.
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, the Apache Software Foundation, and Mozilla. Now helping various collaboration and Open Source software initiatives in DC.
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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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