Compliance Panel


February 2, 2013


Bradley M. Kuhn

Bradley M. Kuhn helped found Software Freedom Conservancy in 2006, and became its Executive Director in 2010. Kuhn additionally volunteers on Free Software Foundation's Board of Directors, and was previously FSF's Executive Director from 2001-2005. Kuhn became a volunteer contributor in the Software Freedom Movement in 1992, and worked in the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer. Kuhn focused his last 15 years on FLOSS licensing and non-profit structures for software freedom.

Bradley M. Kuhn [ ] is President and Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy [ ] and on the Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) [ ]. Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of the GNU/Linux operating system, and began contributing to various FLOSS projects. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, and taught AP Computer Science at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. Kuhn's non-profit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the FSF. As FSF's Executive Director from 2001-2005, Kuhn led FSF's GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. From 2005-2010, Kuhn worked as the Policy Analyst and Technology Director of the Software Freedom Law Center. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland [ ], and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati [ ]. Kuhn's Master's thesis [ ] discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of FLOSS languages. Kuhn has a regular blog at a regular blog [ ] and a microblog [ ] as @bkuhn on

Karen Sandler

Karen M. Sandler is the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. She is known for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Prior to joining GNOME, she was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen continues to do pro bono legal work with SFLC and serves as an officer of the Software Freedom Conservancy and an advisor to the Ada Initiative. She is also pro bono General Counsel to QuestionCopyright.Org. Karen is a recipient of the O'Reilly Open Source Award.

Harald Welte

Harald is the founder of the project, which legally enforced the GNU GPL in and out of court since 2004. He has received several Awards for this work, including the Free Software Foundation Award for the Advancement of Free Software. His primary occupation is electrical engineering and low-level development, mostly related to embedded systems, microcontrollers and mobile communications. He has been involved in Linux kernel development, primarily while maintaining the Linux netfilter/iptables packet filter project. Throughout the last decade he has enjoyed researching security of obscure communications protocols such as those used in RFID, DECT, GSM, GPRS, TETRA and others. He runs his freelancing consulting business hmw-consulting and is co-owner of sysmocom, a Berlin-based startup providing mobile communications network equipment.

Alexios Zavras

Alexios Zavras (zvr) is the Open Source Officer of Intel Mobile Communications. He is an Open Source enthusiast and evangelist and has been involved with Free / Open Source Software since 1983, before they were named thus. He has attended FOSDEM without fail for 12 years.

Richard Sands

Rich Sands, Director of Developer Communities at Black Duck

Rich Sands is the product and community manager for Ohloh (, Black Duck's comprehensive directory and analytics tool for FLOSS projects and people.

In over 25 years in the industry, Rich has been a software developer, product manager, marketing pro, community builder, and consultant. At Sun Microsystems, Rich was a key contributor to the marketing and community engagement behind the successful open sourcing of the Java Platform and the launch of the OpenJDK project. As a consultant, he has helped companies large and small engage with developers to generate interest and drive adoption. Now at Black Duck, Rich is applying his FLOSS community experiences to helping the company connect with both FLOSS contributors and adopters through Ohloh.

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