Karen M. Sandler is the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, which is the home of the Debian Copyright Aggregation Project. Karen is known for her advocacy for free software, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. Previously, she was executive director of the GNOME Foundation, where she has since been elected to the board of directors, and general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen co-organizes Outreachy, the award-winning outreach program for women, and is an advisor to the Ada Initiative. She is also pro bono counsel to the FSF and GNOME. Karen is a recipient of the O’Reilly Open Source Award and cohost of the oggcast Free as in Freedom.

Accepted Talks:

Debian & Outreachy

Debian has participated in Outreachy, an effort to include more people from underrepresented groups in free and open source software. This talk will explain why efforts like Outreachy are important to free software and provide an overview of how the program works. Karen will also share some of the metrics that demonstrate the impact of the program, for Debian and other participating free software projects.

Free Software Licensing Q&A: AMA from Copyleft Licensing Experts

DebConf audiences are the more knowledgeable about Free Software licensing than any Open Source and Free Software conference in the world. So, why not have a BoF where we let you ask absolutely anything about copyleft, free software licensing, GPL compliance or just about anything related to such topics?

Come with your questions, comments, hypothetical scenarios, concerns, complex, intractable licensing situations, and we’ll do our best to field the questions.

While this session will be co-presented by a lawyer and a non-lawyer, but this is not legal advice, and we are not your lawyers.