July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR
John Sullivan

John Sullivan
Executive Director, Free Software Foundation

Website | @johns_FSF

John Sullivan started working with GNU Press and the Free Software Foundation in 2003 and then became the FSF’s first campaigns manager, working on outreach efforts like Defective by Design, BadVista, and PlayOgg. In 2011, John became the executive director after four years as manager of operations. His background is mainly in the humanities, with an MFA in writing and poetics and a BA in philosophy, but he has been spending too much time with computers and online communities since the days of the Commodore 64. He’s become a dedicated GNU Emacs user after first trying it around 1996, and contributes code to several of its extensions. John has been speaking regularly at free software events since 2004, including keynotes at the Libre Software World Meeting, Open World Forum, and LibrePlanet. Prior to the FSF, John worked as a college debate team instructor for both Harvard and Michigan State University.


4:10pm–4:50pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Collaboration E147/148
John Sullivan (Free Software Foundation)
The FSF turns 30 this October. Don your freedom goggles and trip with its beardless executive director through 30 years of entertaining memorabilia and historical happenings (including "Who's this 'open source' kid and why's he on my lawn?"), then emerge, blinking, in the present. What are the challenges for user freedom in the next 30 years and how do we build a united movement to tackle them? Read more.