The current Administration talks the talk in terms of its adoption of new technology solutions, access to information, and the call for transparency and increased citizen participation. But can it walk the walk? This keynote will address how open source advocates can help the Federal Government unlock the innovative potential of the open source development model. The session will also highlight new initiatives to bring government and community together to create a technology infrastructure that will increase the government’s responsiveness to its citizens.
Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is co-chair of Open Source for America and one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010. He is also an active member of the Military Open Source working group, on the SIIA Software Division Board, and sits on the Board of Advisors for CivicCommons. He is especially interested in cross-domain security, edge innovation, and interagency collaboration through the open source model.
Prior to joining Red Hat, he worked as a developer, systems administrator, and IT director for a number of Internet businesses. He has also been a business and IT consultant to not-for-profit organizations in New York City. During that time, he spearheaded the reform of safety regulations for New York State’s electrical utilities through the Jodie Lane Project.
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