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Seminar

Understanding Free and Open Source Software

  • LecturerDr. Shane Coughlan (Free Software Foundation Europe)
    Host: Miss Florence T.M. Ko
  • Time2010-05-12 (Wed.) 10:10 – 11:10
  • LocationAuditorium 106 at new IIS Building
Abstract
Abstract: This talk will explain how Free and Open Source Software works, how it can be categorized and how it is used to create value. It will cover the core concepts underlying the technology, the main types of license used to support it, and how the complex relationship between commercial and non-commercial stakeholders is managed. It will also explore how problems occur when using Free and Open Source Software, and how these problems can be addressed effectively. Bio: Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication methods and business development. He is best known for building bridges between commercial and non-commercial stakeholders in the technology sector. His professional accomplishments include establishing a legal department for the main NGO promoting Free Software in Europe, building a professional network of over 200 legal counsel and technical experts across 27 countries, and aligning corporate and community interests to launch the first law review dedicated to Free/Open Source Software. Shane has extensive knowledge of Internet technologies, management best practice, community building and Free/Open Source Software. His experience includes engagement with the server, desktop, embedded and mobile telecommunication industries. He does business in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and maintains a broad network of contacts. Present Position • Managing Director at Opendawn • Regional Director Asia, Open Invention Network • Business Development Manager at International Free and Open Source Software Law Review. • Senior Advisor at Free Software Foundation Europe. • Asia Representative at OpenForum Europe Experience • Legal Coordinator at Free Software Foundation Europe. • Coordinator at European Legal Network • Advisor at Afghan Copyright Office • Editorial Coordinator at International Free and Open Source Software Law Review • Director at Certified Open Online registration : http://whoswho.openfoundry.org/workshop/details/85