Brussels / 3 & 4 February 2018


John Sullivan

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John Sullivan has worked in several different positions at the Free Software Foundation since 2003, including Campaigns Manager and Manager of Operations. He became the Executive Director in 2011. Since 2011, the FSF has grown by over 50% in staff size. John is deeply involved in every area of the Foundation's work, including outreach and advocacy, licensing education and enforcement, technical development and infrastructure, and business operations.

His background is mainly in the humanities, with an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and a BA in Philosophy from Michigan State, but he has been spending too much time with computers and online communities since the days of the Commodore 64. He's a dedicated GNU Emacs user, and has contributed code to several of its extensions.

Prior to the FSF, John worked as a college debate team instructor for both Harvard and Michigan State University.

John has been speaking regularly at free software events since 2004, including keynotes at the Libre Software World Meeting in Spain, Open World Forum in Paris, Salon du Logiciel Libre in Montreal, and LibrePlanet in Cambridge, MA.



Title Day Room Track Start End
People can't care when they don't know
Improving how major sites communicate licensing information
Sunday UA2.220 (Guillissen) Legal and Policy Issues 14:00 14:25