May 13 – 15, 2021
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Software Freedom in the Pandemic: Wins, Losses and Lessons Learned

May 13, 2021, 4:00 PM


Legal and Licensing


Karen Sandler


We're over a year into the pandemic and starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. During this tumultuous time, we've seen massive societal changes and struggled as a movement to rise to the challenges presented to us. While there have been quite a few successes as we've held remote conferences, cheered while others learned to work remotely, continued our collaborative communities and supported each other, there are many things that we wish were better. Karen will talk about our biggest triumphs, our lost opportunities and explore how we can learn from all of this to come together to push the software freedom movement forward beyond a return to "normal times" and into the future.

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Karen M. Sandler is the executive director of Conservancy. Karen is known as a cyborg lawyer for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Prior to joining Conservancy, she was executive director of the GNOME Foundation. Before that, she was general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen co-organizes Outreachy, the award-winning outreach program for women globally and for people of color who are underrepresented in US tech. Karen is a recipient of the O’Reilly Open Source Award and cohost of the oggcast Free as in Freedom.

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