Open Source License Clinic DC speakers

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David A Wheeler

Analyst, Institute for Defense Analyses

Dr. David A. Wheeler works at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA); he is an expert on open source software (OSS) and on developing secure software. His works on OSS include Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!, How to Evaluate OSS/FS Programs, Publicly Releasing Open Source Software Developed for the U.S. Government, and Open Source Software is Commercial. His works on developing secure software include Secure Programming for Linux and Unix HOWTO and Fully Countering Trusting Trust through Diverse Double-Compiling (DDC). Other works of his include Software Inspection: An Industry Best Practice and Ada 95: The Lovelace Tutorial.

Dr. Wheeler has a PhD in Information Technology, a Master's in Computer Science, a certificate in Information Security, and a B.S. in Electronics Engineering, all from George Mason University (GMU). He lives in Northern Virginia.

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Deb Bryant

OSI board director & clinic facilitator

Deborah Bryant brings to the OSI board a perspective from a decade of work focused on the adoption and use of open source software and open development models in the public sector spanning private and public industry and academia, following a decade in start-ups and management the high tech industry. While at OSUOSL, she founded and produced the annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) from 2005-2011. She founded the Bryant Group in 2011 and continues assisting government and others in private practice, and serves on numerous boards and councils with public trust agendas and an emphasis on open source as enabling technology.

  • Welcome, Thu 9th May 9:00am to 9:05am
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Jim Jagielski

President, Apache Fdn & Board Director, OSI

Jim Jagielski has been hacking and contributing to Open Source since long before it was even called that. Jim is best known for his deep, long-term involvement in open source and with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Within the ASF, which he co-founded, Jim is an active, core developer in numerous projects, including Apache Tomcat, Apache APR, and Apache HTTPd, in which he is the longest active committer within that project. He also serves on the board of directors of the ASF, a position he has held since its inception. He is also on the board of directors with the Outercurve Foundation. Over his career, Jim is currently Sr Consulting Software Engineer for Red Hat working under the office of the CTO. He founded jaguNET Access Services, a web solutions company and he also was a manager and engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Luis Villa

Clinic Moderator + Presenter

Luis is Deputy General Counsel of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that supports Wikipedia. The Foundation's legal team handles a variety of issues, including open source and Creative Commons licensing, privacy, trademarks, and everything else needed to keep the world's fifth largest website running.

Prior to Wikimedia, Luis was an associate at Greenberg Traurig, focusing on open source and peer production of software and media. Clients included the Knight Foundation, Google, and Facebook. He also worked at Mozilla, where he led the drafting of version 2.0 of the Mozilla Public License.

Outside of Wikimedia, Luis is a director of the Open Source Initiative, chair of the OSI's licensing committee, and is an invited expert on the World Wide Web Consortium's Patents and Standards Interest Group. Before practicing law, Luis trained as a programmer and was a manager at a successful Linux startup.

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Mark Bohannon

VP Corporate Affairs & Global Public Policy

Mark Bohannon is Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy at Red Hat, Inc. He leads Red Hat's worldwide team managing the company’s public policy agenda and representing the company's interests before policy makers in government, industry consortia, and other venues on issues such as technology and innovation policy, open source and standards adoption, intellectual property legislation, government technology initiatives, and tax regulation.

Mark joined Red Hat from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal U.S. trade association for the software and digital content industry, where he was General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Public Policy. During his ten years at SIIA, Bohannon was responsible for the association's public policy agenda and worked with leading software companies on strategic trends affecting company products and services. Among his various leadership roles, Bohannon has served as chairman of the Executive Committee of the United States Information Technology Office (USITO), the voice of the United States ICT industry to China.

Earlier in his career, Mark was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he served as Chief Counsel for Technology and Counsellor to the Under Secretary for Technology. He provided strategic advice on a broad array of technology, trade, intellectual property, computer security, encryption and competitive initiatives and facilitated public-private partnerships and technology joint ventures. Bohannon also served on numerous United States Government delegations to bilateral negotiations and multilateral bodies and served as Vice Chair of the OECD's Working Party on Information Security and Privacy.

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Mike Milinkovich

Executive Director, Eclipse Fdn & Board Director, OSI

Mike Milinkovich has been involved in the software industry for over almost thirty years, doing everything from software engineering, to product management to IP licensing. His primary experience in open source has been as the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation since 2004. In that role he is responsible for supporting both the Eclipse open source community and its commercial ecosystem. Prior to joining Eclipse, Mike was a vice president in Oracle's development group. Other stops along the way include WebGain, The Object People, IBM, Object Technology International and Nortel. Mike earned his Masters of Science degree in Information and Systems Sciences and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University.

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Vicki Allums

Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property, DISA DOD

Vicki E. Allums has more than fifteen years of legal and policy experience as a government and corporate attorney in the areas of domestic and international intellectual property, international trade, technology, e-commerce, cyberlaw and information security. She has been a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and has extensive experience representing the United States in bilateral and multilateral negotiations and in training programs in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

She is currently Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a component agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. Her other government experience includes working as a senior attorney in the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in the Intellectual Property Branch at U.S. Customs. Vicki’s private sector experience includes working as Associate General Counsel at the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”), a non-profit membership organization, and as Assistant General Counsel at National Public Radio (NPR).