Gnome Executive Director Karen Sandler named as first linux.conf.au 2012 keynote speaker

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BALLARAT, 22 September 2011

After a terrific response to the opening of early bird registrations just one week ago, the linux.conf.au 2012 organising team are excited to announce open source law luminary Karen Sandler as the first keynote for the January conference.

Karen was positively shining at the news.

"It's a critical time for software freedom and we as a society are making choices that we will live with for a very long time. I'm so excited to attend linux.conf.au and explore the important free and open source issues with the other speakers and attendees."

Karen M. Sandler is currently the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation and prior to taking up this position was General Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). Karen continues to do pro bono legal work with SFLC and Question Copyright and serves as an officer of both the Software Freedom Conservancy and SFLC. Before joining SFLC, Karen worked as an associate in the corporate departments of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and London. Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a recipient of an O'Reilly Open Source Award and also co-host of the "Free as in Freedom" podcast.

Karen's personal blog, GNOMG, can be found at http://blogs.gnome.org/gnomg/.

About linux.conf.au 2012

  • linux.conf.au will be held 16th-20th January 2012 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
  • Registrations are now open
  • You can find us at http://lcaunderthestars.org.au and @linuxconfau on Twitter and Identica.
  • Media enquiries are welcomed to the LCA2012 team at media@lcaunderthestars.org.au
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