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Deb Nicholson

Deb Nicholson
Director, Community Operations, Software Freedom Conservancy

Website | @baconandcoconut

Deb Nicholson works at the intersection of technology and social justice. She has over fifteen years of non-profit management experience and got involved in the free software movement about five years ago when she started working for the Free Software Foundation. She is currently the Community Outreach Director for the Open Invention Network – the defensive patent pool built to protect Linux projects. She is also the Community Manager for GNU MediaGoblin, a brand new federated media hosting program. In her spare time, she serves on the board of OpenHatch, a small non-profit dedicated to identifying and mentoring new free software contributors with a particular interest in building a more diverse free software movement.


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Deb Nicholson (Software Freedom Conservancy)
Wondering how patents and copyright and trademark laws work with free and open source software projects? Deb is ready to share her knowledge. Find out if legislation and recent court decisions about patent trolls will keep you from being sued, and how the landscape likely to change. None of this is legal advice, just good solid background! Read more.
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Deb Nicholson (Software Freedom Conservancy)
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There's been a lot of talk about patent trolls, but how can the free and open source software community address the more complicated (and potentially more damaging) problem of anti-competitive litigation? Read more.