FSCONS 2012/Keynote Speakers

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Gabriella (”Biella”) Coleman

Trained as an anthropologist, Gabriella (”Biella”) Coleman researches and teaches on the politics of free software, hackers, the law, and digital activism. Her first book, “Coding Freedom: The Aesthetics and the Ethics of Hacking” is forthcoming with Princeton University Press and she is currently working on a new book on Anonymous and digital activism. Universitets webbplats: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty_bios/view/Gabriella_Coleman Egen webbplats: http://gabriellacoleman.org/ Courses:

  • Politics of Digital Media (activism, piracy, commons, radical tech collectives)
  • Introduction to Human Culture and Communication
  • Technolgy, Media, and Society
  • The Culture and Politics of Computer Hacking

Research Interests:

  • Computers, Hacking, Free and Open Source Software, and Trolling
  • Activism and the Internet
  • Psychiatry and Psychiatric Suvivors/Consumers/Peer to Peer patient activism
  • Technology and the Body

Valerie Aurora

Valerie Aurora (formerly Val Henson) has over ten years of experience as both a Linux kernel developer and as a women in open source advocate. She worked as an operating systems developer for several leading open source companies, including Red Hat, IBM, and Sun Microsystems.


Mary Gardiner

Mary Gardiner, Director of Operations and Research

Mary Gardiner is an open source developer, computer science graduate student, and women in open source advocate with over ten years of experience. Mary’s research is in lexical semantics and concentrates on how changes in word choice can affect meaning and tone.

Mitchell Baker

As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser and other Mozilla products.

Francesca Coppa

Francesca Coppa is one of the founders of the Organization For Transformative Works http://transformativeworks.org (OTW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and preserving fan works and culture. As part of that mission, the OTW is designing and building the Archive of Our Own http://archiveofourown.org, the largest female-led and female-dominated Open Source project on the web.

Selena Deckelmann

Selena Deckelmann http://chesnok.com/

Selena Deckelmann is a consultant and database analyst for Emma http://www.myemma.com. She’s a major contributor to PostgreSQL http://postgresql.org. She speaks internationally about free software, developer communities and trolling. She founded and co-chaired Open Source Bridge http://www.opensourcebridge.org , a developer conference for open source citi...

Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner <http://suegardner.org/

Sue Gardner is Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation http://wikimediafoundation.org/, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia.

Leigh Honeywell


Leigh Honeywell is co-founder and current President of HackLab.TO http://hacklab.to/, a hackerspace in downtown Toronto devoted to connecting people who do interesting things with hardware and software. She is currently taking a break from the information security industry to complete her Computer Science and Equity Studies degree at the University of Toronto, while building robots and helping break Open Source software for fun.

Nóirín Plunkett

Nóirín Plunkett is a geek English translator, community facilitator, and professional communicatrix. Executive Vice President at the Apache Software Foundation and board member of the Open Cloud Initiative, Nóirín...

Alex Bayley

Alex Bayley, best known as Skud in online and technology circles, has been involved in open source and more recently open culture, data and similar areas as a open source developer, advocate, and community manager. In the past she has been active in the Linux, Perl, and Freebase communities and a number of other projects, and is presently leading the Save Australian Music Project. She describes herself as having moved from open source to "open stuff".

Kathy Sierra

Kathy Sierra is a writer, blogger, and presenter on topics including Java and user experience. Her blog is/was Creating Passionate Users.

Kathy is (unfortunately) best known because of the incident in 2007 when she received harrassment and death threats which led to her cancelling speaking engagements and ceasing to blog. She was prior to this extremely well-known in the software community as a keynote speaker at web and other software conferences, and for her blog which was a top technology blog.

Kristen Carlson Accardi

Kristen Carlson Accardi is a Linux kernel developer who works for Intel Corporation. She has been a device driver developer since the 1990s and began concentrating on Linux in 2005. She maintains the PCI hot-plug subsystem in the Linux kernel. At least as of 2007, she was the only woman who was a subsystem maintainer for Linux. She lead the organisation of the 2008 Linux Plumber's Conference.

Cat Allman

Cat Allman is a long-time Unix user and currently works in Google's Open Source programs group.

Conference presentations:

   * Getting Started in Open Source (with Leslie Hawthorn) at OSCON 2009
   * Open Source for Newbies: Attracting and Retaining Talented People for Your Project (with Leslie Hawthorn) at LCA2010 

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker is Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Internet.


Angela Brown

Angela Brown is the Event and Marketing Manager at The Linux Foundation.

Christine Caulfield

Christine Caulfield lives in Leeds, UK and works for Red Hat on Linux clustering, principally writing code for the the 'cman' cluster manager and corosync.

Her spare time open source projects are

   * Linux DECnet: Principal (sole!) maintainer including, officially at least, the kernel module.
   * Vienna 1: A cix offline reader for OS/X
   * iPlayerGUI: A small program for OS/X that helps with downloading BBC programmes and is a wrapper around get_iplayer 

Mel Chua

Mallory Chua (most widely known by her gender-neutral nickname "Mel") worked on the One Laptop Per Child project and is involved in the Fedora Community.

Mel wrote on her blog about the effects of her gender-neutral nickname, proclaiming that she is indeed a young woman.

Leah Culver

Leah Culver was a co-founder and the lead developer of the social network and micro-blogging website Pownce, which was acquired by blog juggernaut Six Apart in November 2008, then as a software engineer at Six Apart, Leah used her experience with Pownce to develop large scale social applications for future Six Apart projects. Now she works at Convore, a real-time chat startup she co-founded. While creating the Pownce API she co-authored both the OAuth and OEmbed open API specifications and now maintains the popular Python OAuth library. Leah promotes open source, APIs, and the Django web framework on her blog at leahculver.com. In her free time she likes to play around with new technology and try new restaurants near her home in San Francisco.


Alexia Death

Alexia Death is a core GIMP developer.

A summary of Death's contributions to GIMP circa early 2011 can be found on LWN http://lwn.net/Articles/422412/


Janis Johnson

Janis has been contributing to GCC since 2001; she's the GCC testsuite maintainer.

Speaker bio from Open Source Bridge http://opensourcebridge.org/users/185

Pamela Jones

Pamela Jones was the winner of the 2007 Google O'Reilly Open Source Award for "Best FUD Fighter".

Karen Pauley

Karen Pauley is a Perl community volunteer. As of March 2010, she is the President of The Perl Foundation and is a board member of both The Perl Foundation and the YAPC Europe Foundation.


Deb Richardson

Deb Richardson is the founder of LinuxChix and the developer relations lead for Mozilla.