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Werner Koch

Werner Koch (born 1961-07-11) is a German free software author. He is best known as the principal author of the GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or GPG). He was also Head of Office and German Vice-Chancellor of the Free Software Foundation Europe.

He lives near Düsseldorf, Germany. Wikipedia page

Jeremiah Foster

My interest and experience is in Linux and Free Software with a focus on developing software for the Internet. I have done a variety of work in this area, from testing to software design and development. I have also written a fair amount of technical documentation, both for Ericsson, O'Reilly Media, as well as for The Perl Review. I speak at conferences, mostly with debian and perl as my subject matter. Working with debian through helping the debian-perl team or managing packages is a how I try to reach my goal of helping the Free Software ecosystem thrive.

Jeremiah Foster’s Specialties:

Software design and development, system administration, automated testing, web development.


       * debmaster at
       * Co-founder at Gnutiken
       * Package maintainer at debian
       * Module Developer at CPAN
       * Owner at (Sole Proprietorship)


       * Software developer / Systemutveklare at ResourcePoint AB
       * Software Design at Ericsson
       * Web Developer at Free Software Conference Scandinavia
       * Developer / Sys Admin at The Clickstore AB
       * Consultant at EWS
       * Sys Admin at Archemix


       * Gothenburg University
       * Harvard University
       * Boston University

Mazen Harake

Mazen Harake is 27. He's Lebanese, grew up in Sweden, working with Erlang Training and Consulting in the UK. He works as Software Engineer at Erlang Training and Consulting, Technical Consultant at Ericsson, Technical Consultant at Erlang Training and Consulting Ltd.

Carlos Garnacho

Carlos Garnacho is from Spain. He is Developer at Imendio AB and Software developer at GNOME. He used to work as Software engineer/Manager at Tecsidel and Software engineer at Banco Santander Central Hispano (BSCH). Summary: Application Developer, particularly interested in Unix based environments and Graphic programming using GTK+/GNOME technologies. Specialties: C, GTK, GNOME/FreeDesktop tecnologies in general, of course Linux/Unix

Johan Söderberg

Johan Söderberg Academic background: BA Science and Technology Studies, Lund University (1996), BA Illustration, Falmouth College of Arts (2001). Present position: PhD candidate. Research interests: Hacking, alternative licenses, user-centred development of technology and technology-becoming-aesthetics. Theoretical homage: Influential schools are post-Operaismo and the Frankfurt school. Some important philosophers that I draw from are Karl Marx, Herbert Marcuse, Lewis Mumford, Slavoj Zizek, Jacques Ranciere.

Mattias Wecksten

Mattias Wecksten area of expertise is research, tutoring and external courses. Teaching: Administration of computer systems, of operating systems as well as Data extraction from digital media. Area of research: The BERT (Budgeting for Embedded Real-Time Systems) project is focusing on how to, primarily in early design, cope with the growing system complexity. To increase engineering efficiency, we develop scheduling, allocation and analysis methods that can be integrated into a tool to help in the design of distributed embedded computer systems.

Björn Lundell

Dr. Björn Lundell has been researching the Open Source phenomenon for a number of years. He co-lead a work package in the EU FP6 CALIBRE project (2004-2006) and was the technical manager in the industrial (ITEA) research project COSI (2005-2008), involving analysis of the adoption of Open Source practices within companies. He is the project leader for the Open Source Action (OSA)-project (2008-2010), and the project leader for a Nordic (NordForsk) OSS Researchers Network (2009-2012). His research is reported in over 60 publications in a variety of international journals and conferences. He is a founding member of the IFIP Working Group 2.13 on Open Source Software, and the founding chair of Open Source Sweden, an industry association established by Swedish Open Source companies. He was the organiser of the Fifth International Conference of Open Source Systems (OSS 2009), which was held in Skövde, Sweden.

Oscar Swartz

Oscar Swarts started Sweden's first Internet Service Provider, Bahnhof, in 1994. He was a full-time writer at that time. Then, after 10 years of entrepreneurship, he went back to writing. He was also a co-founder of Scandinavia's largest gay media group, QX.

Now he is a leading critic in Sweden of intellectual "property" in the digital age. He has also published two reports for libertarian think tank Timbro about state surveillance of internet communication. He often occurs in Swedish media as a writer or commenter. He also lectures at conferences, both in Sweden and internationally and gives advice to firms on how to behave in this new world where copies are worthless. He went to a PhD program in financial economics at Columbia University in New York as a Fulbright Fellow after having graduated from Stockholm School of Economics. And in Berlin, where he currently writes a book on the future of culture in a digital world where copies can be made at no cost. Nevertheless he is also a bird-watcher and nature-lover now and then. He is driven by his passion for freedom of communications and love Schumpeterian creative destruction. He writes about the Pirate Bay, The Pirate Bureau and The Pirate Party and about other things that happen in Sweden. There is a Swedish way of looking at the future. We hope others will follow! He received several awards, stipends and nomination for prizes in the last few years for his blogging and activism.

Johan Thelin

Johan Thelin is an embedded systems engineer working with HW, real time systems, device drivers and system SW in the automotive, marine and industrial areas. His special interest is Qt/Qtopia and he is the author of the "Foundations of Qt Development book" (APress).

  • The author of the Independent Qt Tutorial.
  • The editor of the Qt 4 Resource Center.
  • The developer of the Qt Widget Gallery.
  • The developer of the JSeries.
  • The developer of the Designer IDE patch.
  • The developer of Gt.
  • The developer of Frakter.
  • The author of several articles.
  • A developer of the JAM CPU.
  • The developer of summa.

Øystein Jakobsen

Øystein Jakobsen focuses on methodology and architecture and works as senior software developer, architect and mentor. He is currently employed as a Consultant at Bouvet AS and he used to work as Chief Consultant at DnB NOR Bank ASA, Cofounder and partner at Anzur AS, formerly IConsult AS and Senior Consultant at GC Computer AS.

Magnus Hagander

Magnus Hagander is database architect, developer and systems administrator. Database focus on PostgreSQL with a lot of work on SQL Server as well. Developer in C/C++, C# and many different scripting languages. Experienced in managing large Windows networks, from ethernet to to the top of the stack, and on Linux. Development focus on database backed systems or the database itself. Semi-frequent speaker at opensource conferences. Magnus Hagander’s Specialties: Database systems, primarily PostgreSQL and MS SQL Server. Development in C# or C/C++, both web and fat-client. Platform integration.

Lennart Guldbrandsson

Lennart Guldbrandsson is scenarist, script doctor and the Chairman of Wikimedia. He writes blogs about TV and everything related to movies. He's been writing, giving lectures and helped others to write since 2001. Vulkan published two of his books. Through his company Element X one can get suggestion and guiding through the process of writing.

David Tenser

David Tenser works for Mozilla as the project lead for Mozilla’s global open source support platform SUMO and the Firefox Support website. Mozilla has been his hobby since 2001 and he has still hard to believe that his hobby is now his full-time job. To some people, he is perhaps more known as djst, the author of the original Firefox Help and Thunderbird Help websites. Aside from being a big fan of Mozilla, he is also a strong believer in open source and a former computer science student. His first open source contribution was made back in 1996 when he wrote the game Battleship on his TI-82 calculator, a game that quickly spread out to the entire school. He lives in Eskilstuna, Sweden with his girlfriend Sofie and their wonderful cat Tiger.

Edmund Harriss

Edmund Harriss is a mathematician and artist, fascinated by patterns, both theoretical and visual and their communication. His research is based on substitution tilings, tilings with a scaling symmetry like the Penrose Tiling. He wrote the following on his blog: "If I can change a few people’s opinions about mathematics in a small way my work is worthwhile."

Karin Kosina

Karin Kosina is researcher and phd student + adventurer, who loves chocolate + storms + 68k assembly + cats + quake 3 + setians + obj-c (the language) + java (not the language) + therion + kit rae + syria + π + the prince of nothing + the great giana sisters + strawberries + road trips + dark matter + the sea + non-euclidian geometry + industrial + ravens + tesla coils + the metalab + the arabic language + wgt + von neumann's catastrophe + black russians + altered carbon + fire + these quiet little moments before the storm.

Christina Haralanova

Feminist activist in Free Software, trainer and researcher since 2002. Working with feminist movements around the world for the appropriation of information and communication technologies through principles of solidarity, software freedom and privacy of information. Originally from Bulgaria, Christina has worked on a number of local and international projects, including the creation of the Women's Information Technologies Transfer (WITT) network for Central and Eastern Europe; Project Leader of the Legal Case Management Software, and many others. Christina was a founding member and managing director of the Internet Rights Bulgaria foundation from 2002 to 2008, a Board member of the Free Software Association in Bulgaria (FSA-Bg) and a LPI proctor from 2003 to 2005, a SPIP-bg translator.

Micke Nordin

Micke Nordin är arkeolog till yrket. Vid sidan av forntiden är han engagerad i frågor som rör fri kultur och fri programvara, främst genom föreningen Wikimedia Sverige. Han jobbar som sagt till vardags som arkeolog, men han programmerar ofta och gärna i C++, Java och PHP och han har bland annat skrivit en extension till MediaWiki liksom en bok om MediaWiki.

Anders Kringstad

Anders Kringstad is a strong believer in the principles of free software. He is currently a free software solutions architect. Since early childhood he has been a computer addict and as he became aware of what one could do with computers - a part time classic Linux hacker. Currently he's the leader elect of Free software in schools Norway (FRISK) - the organization overseeing development of the Skolelinux distribution in Norway. Besides free software related work and organizational activities he's a founding member of 'On.Wheelz.Biz', a little road cycling club. He also enjoys spending time with his wife either at home in Trondheim, Norway or abroad travelling to see the world. As always he is planning the world domination of geeks.

Smári McCarthy

Smári McCarthy is an Icelandic innovator serving as a board member of the Icelandic Society for Digital Freedoms (FSFÍ), and a participant in the Global Swadeshi movement. He has been keynote speaker at FSCONS. He has proposed the Shadow Parliament Project and writes on technology, anarchism, and Icelandic culture at and He is also an active member of the digital fabrication movement, having operated a Fab Lab in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, and worked with Fab Labs elsewhere, including Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Erik Zachte

Erik Zachte is Dutch, born in 1955 and live in Leiden. His interests are: science, history, movies, modern art, games. He studied biochemistry and history each for several years, did two out of three years advanced software engineering (AMBI) (all technically oriented modules, plus a fair amount of statistics), more recently visited art school (Rietveld Academy) for two years. As he explains his unfinished studies, he study out of eagerness to learn, and despite quite satisfactory grades not especially as preparation for a career. A family trait, my brother and sister each did not complete three studies, and like me suffered no terrible consequences. He worked in ICT at KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) for 27 years. Since September 2008 he works part-time for the Wikimedia Foundation as data analyst. Although he can safely say that he has excellent analytical skills, and particularly enjoyed statistics at higher education (AMBI), he states clearly (people do ask this) that he is not an expert statistician (as a physicist or mathematician would be). His job focuses on data mining and no frills communication of findings to a wide audience.

Karsten Gerloff

Karsten Gerloff is a Free Software researcher and activist. He has been involved in FSFE since early 2005. Having started as an intern, Karsten soon focused on policy and strategy aspects of Free Software. In particular he worked with FSFE to push for reform at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). After completing his studies in cultural sciences, Karsten worked as a researcher in the Collaborative Creativity Group at the United Nations University's MERIT institute (UNU-MERIT) in Maastricht, The Netherlands. He studied the use of Free Software in the European public sector, and developed and managed projects investigating the use of Free Software as a tool for social and economic development.

Daniel Stenberg

Daniel Stenberg is a computer consultant, a computer freak and a hacker, as he call himself. He's been programming for fun and profit since 1985. He enjoys traveling a lot, doing white water kayaking, playing innebandy, watching good movies and having a good irish ale. He lives in Huddinge, just south of Stockholm, Sweden. He treasures his wife Anja, and their kids Agnes and Rex. He work for and with Haxx. He does contract development full-time. Primarily within these areas: embedded systems, open source and curl/libcurl. His motto is: "I blog, therefore I am."

Amelia Andersdotter

Anna Amelia Matilda Katarina Andersdotter, född 30 augusti 1987 i Enköping, är en svensk piratpartist, som var andranamn på Piratpartiets lista till Europaparlamentsvalet 2009. Hon bor i Lund och studerar vid Lunds universitet, där hon läser matematik, fysik, spanska och handelsrätt. Sedan 2007 är hon styrelseledamot i Piratpartiets ungdomsförbund, Ung Pirat. I Europaparlamentsvalet i Sverige 2009 fick Andersdotter 9,87% (22303 stycken) av Piratpartiets personröster och placerade sig som tvåa på listan efter Christian Engström. Med sina 21 år kommer hon bli den yngsta ledamöterna i Europaparlamentet när hon sedan Lissabonfördraget gått igenom föräras Piratpartiets andra mandat i parlamentet. Hon har en bakgrund inom World Urban Forum och har sagt att hon övervägde att skänka en del av sin eventuella lön som parlamentariker till, förutom Piratpartiet och Ung Pirat, också Attac, Ordfront, Amnesty och UNIFEM.

Andersdotter sitter även i redaktionen för kulturtidskriften Nova science fiction.

Marcin Jakubowski

Marcin Jakubowski was born in Poland. At the age of ten, during the martial law period of Poland, he left for America. His interests from early on were in application of knowledge to providing quality of life for all. He pursued a degree in Chemistry, and graduated with Honors from Princeton University in 1995. He continued on to a Ph.D. in physics, from U. Wisconsin, Madison, in the field of Fusion Energy. He found both experiences lacking in terms of practical application to addressing pressing world issues. With this quest in mind, formulated the Open Source Ecology concept in 2003. Since then, he has been engaged full time in the development of open source technology. He is presently part of a practical social experiment for creating the world's first, replicable, open source, post-industrial global village, with a living laboratory at Factor e Farm. His main interest is evolving to freedom, and making such an option practical for anyone interested in a better world.

Henri Bergius

Henri Bergius is a former Viking based in the Nordic country of Finland. When he is not exploring the cave cities of Georgia or running with bulls in Pamplona, Bergie works on web services built on top of the Midgard toolkit. His company Nemein provides web solutions for several major companies in Finland and abroad.

After half decade of regular web development, Henri got involved with free software in 1999 when he coordinated the public release of the Midgard content management system. Since then he has been actively working on integrating standards like RSS and Microformats into the system and traveling the world advocating for interoperation between open source CMSs.

When duties allow, Bergie escapes the crunch to explore the hills of Lapland or rides his classic motorcycle. He is also an amateur pilot.

Anne Østergaard

Anne Østergaard holds a Law Degree from The University of Copenhagen. After a decade in government service, international organizations, and private enterprise she is presently an Libre Software entrepreneur. Anne is member of the GNOME Foundation.

As a Fellowship Member of FSFE Anne is working against the legalisation of software patents in Europe. Anne is also working for free and open standards and file formats, Libre Software in education, in the health care sector, and FLOSS as development aide, privacy on the Internet and more women active in the ICT sector.

Anne Østergaard's interests lies in the area of the long-term strategic issues of Free Software in the social, legal, research, and economic area of our global society.- Information Communication Technologies are important to the individual citizen's life and personal possibilities in the information society in order to obtain, and secure democratic freedom rights.

Timo Jyrinki

Timo Jyrinki graduated from Helsinki University of Technology and has M.Sc. in Communications Engineering. Timo has been working in Nomovok as a Team Leader & Software Developer from 2005. Before that in TUT / DMI & NRC. Automatic Speech Recognition and TTS related work; Nokia / NRC. Master's Thesis, TKK / TML. Assistant on Multimedia Tools -course; Nokia / NRC. Development of language identification algorithms; F-Secure Corporation, Technical Writer Trainee; Sonera Corp.. Technical Support Specialist. His area of interest is Communities: Debian, demoscene, FSF Europe, GNOME, Openmoko, Ubuntu, Wikipedia and Technologies: GNU/Linux on x86 and ARM platforms, human-computer interaction, multimedia, devices for impaired senses, localization, LaTeX, embedded devices, wiki technologies and content. For more info:

Christopher Kullenberg

Christopher Kullenberg is a Ph.D-candidate in Theory of Science at the Faculty for Humanities, University of Gothenburg. His dissertation has the work-in-progress title: Sociology in the Making; the Co-production of Social Scientific Facts and Swedish Society. It concerns the emergence and production of social scientific knowledge in modern societies, focusing especially on the Swedish case in relation to global trends. Besides being a theorist of science, Kullenberg also writes about philosophy, politics, internet regulation and (post)digital culture. His basic training consists of masters degrees in theory of science and media- and communication studies. He is currently teaching at University of Gothenburg in the courses Theoretical and historical perspectives on science, and Resistance and Change.

Mirko Lindner

Mirko Lindner is from Berlin, Germany. He graduated from N3P Entreprenörskolan (Stockholm, Sweden) and currently works as Director, Product Marketing at Qi Hardware Inc. At the same time he is Public Coordinator at Creative Commons Sweden. Together with others he participated in organization of FSCONS '08 at ffkp and was Project Lead at Openmoko Inc. Mirko's interests are languages, cultures, people, technology, copyleft and he is part of the following groups: Creative Commons, Openmoko, Free Software Foundation - Europe, Qi Hardware, First Tuesday Berlin.