17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

Is software freedom a social justice issue?

Karen Sandler (Software Freedom Conservancy)
9:25–9:40 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Location: King's Suite
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With so many important issues on a global scale, just how important is software freedom? Software freedom is a fundamental issue, a threshold that underlies our ability to effectively solve any social problem, so we need a new way of thinking about it in relation to social justice causes. Karen Sandler shares the evolution of her own thoughts about free and open source software on a bigger political and social scale and examines the ways we should frame discourse around the issue.

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Karen Sandler

Software Freedom Conservancy

Karen M. Sandler is the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Karen is known for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Previously, she was executive director of the GNOME Foundation, where she has since been elected to the board of directors, and general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen co-organizes Outreachy, the award-winning outreach program for women, and is an advisor to the Ada Initiative. She is also pro bono counsel to the FSF and GNOME and pro bono general counsel to QuestionCopyright.Org. Karen is a recipient of the O’Reilly Open Source Award and cohost of the oggcast Free as in Freedom.