The talks given by these speakers can be found at the Multimedia Proceedings.
Alphabetical list of speakers confirmed to date:
Matt Asay has spent most of his professional life trying to
conceive novel ways to monetize open source software. Asay was previously
co-manager of Mitsui's investment in Cobalt, a successful Linux-based
microserver startup, and then GM of embedded-Linux startup Lineo's
Residential Gateway business. He is now at Novell, where he is
responsible for laying the strategic and business foundation for Novell's
open source strategy, especially the Mono project. Asay holds a juris
doctorate from Stanford, where he worked with Larry Lessig on studying
software licensing and innovation, especially the GPL.
Ascher is Chief Technologist for ActiveState, the
leading provider of software solutions that increase developer productivity and organizational
efficiency through the innovative use of open source technology. Ascher, a Python book author and a
director of the Python Software Foundation, has extensive
technical and business experience integrating open source projects such as Python and Mozilla into
successful commercial products.
Ronald Baecker is Bell University Laboratories
Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Toronto. He is a Professor of Computer
Science and the founder and Chief Scientist of the Knowledge Media Design Institute.
Evan Bauer is an
independent consultant advising both public and private sector
organizations on technology innovation. Evan also serves as a Principal
Research Fellow with the Robert Frances Group, "Business Advisors to IT
Executives", where he focuses on enterprise technology strategy, including
the introduction of Linux and other open source technologies into major
organizations, and technology risk assessment and mitigation. He was
previously Chief Technology Officer for Global Technology Infrastructure
at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Guylaine Beaudry is director of the Information Processing Division of the IT services of the
Université de Montréal. She is General Director of Erudit, a
production and dissemination platform for journals, theses, preprints and books, granted by the Québec
government. She is also coordinator of Synergies, a project involving 16 Canadian universities for the
creation of a research infrastructure for humanities and social sciences.
Brian Behlendorf is
founder and CTO of CollabNet, which
provides tools and services based on open source methods. He is also
co-founder and a major contributor to the Apache Web Server Project, and member
of the board of directors of the Apache Foundation. He previously was
co-founder and CTO of Organic
Online, a Web design and engineering consultancy that helped create
Internet strategies for dozens of Fortune 500 companies. He also was the
first Chief Engineer at Wired
Magazine and later HotWired,
one of the first large-scale publishing Web sites.
Paul Buck is the director of Java platform strategy at IBM. His leadership
guided the release of the Eclipse Platform and formation of the eclipse.org
open-source community. He was also involved in a number of IBM donations to
the open-source community including XML parser technology and Unicode
internationalization support. His career has been dedicated to advancing
software application development and supporting the community of software
Robin Carriere is president elect for the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA) and
is co-chair of the IMIA-NI (Internation Medical Informatics Association - Nursing Informatics) open
source task force. His clinical nursing experience includes pediatric emergency, neonatal intensive
care and adult intensive care but his special interest is in nursing informatics.
Dr. David Chan has devoted the
past 17 years to developing Open Source solutions to enhance patient care. His current projects include
OSCAR EMR, OSCAR Clinical Resource Database, and OSCAR Citizens portal, developed at McMaster
University's Department of Family Medicine. He worked as a software engineer prior to entering the field
Joseph Dal Molin
is President of e-cology
Corporation, and acting Chairman and co-founder of the Open Source Health Care Alliance. He has
over twenty-two years international experience as an ICT strategist in the
private and public sectors and is an expert in open source business
Dr. El-Emam is Senior Investigator in eHealth at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Research Institute (CHEO-RI) where he is involved in developing and deploying a clinical trials IT
system and infrastructure. He is also a senior research office at the National Research Council of
Canada and for 2003-2004 is a visiting professor at the Center for Global eHealth Innovation in Toronto.
Nancy Frishberg is part of the User Centered Software Design department at Sun Microsystems.
With Sun's team working on the GNOME desktop, she sponsored one of the few usability tests of open
source software published to date. Her prior experience includes roles in marketing, engineering, and
research at Apple Computer and IBM. Her publications span historical linguistics, sign language
literature, multimedia and usability engineering.
Claude Gagne is Senior Advisor for ICT Innovation at Industry Canada, in
Ottawa. Her directorate is part of the Information and Communications
Technologies (ICT) Branch whose mission is to support the competitiveness of
the Canadian ICT industry, through its business analysis, policy advocacy and
business development initatives. Much of Ms. Gagne's efforts in the last year
have focused on open source software innovation and business opportunities for
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh is programme leader at the International Institute of Infonomics, University
of Maastricht, where he coordinated and was lead author of the European Commission-sponsored FLOSS study on free software / open source. Rishab is
also founding Managing Editor of First Monday, which with 100,000 papers downloaded monthly is one of
the most-read peer-reviewed journals of the Internet. He was previously the editor and publisher of the
Indian Techonomist, and his bulletins on India's information, communications and media industry have
been widely distributed on the Net.
Thomas Goetz is the articles editor at Wired Magazine. Last November he wrote a cover story on
"Open Source Everywhere," documenting the spread of the open source approach to other disciplines.
Prior to joining Wired, he was an executive editor at the Industry Standard, the late but lauded
newsmagazine of the Internet Economy. He has been a staff reporter for the Village Voice and the Wall
Brent Gorda is the group lead for the Future Technologies group at the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory. His past experience includes parallel and distributed computing work at Livermore,
technical consulting at Los Alamos and for several corporations in the SanFrancisco Bay Area.
Jim Herbsleb is an Associate Professor at Carnegie
Mellon University, and a senior member of the technical staff of the Software Engineering Institute. For
the past 10 years, he has conducted research in the areas of collaborative software engineering,
human-computer interaction, and computer supported cooperative work. Recently, his work has focused on
collaboration technology to support large globally distributed projects.
Jesse Hirsh is an activist and analyst of open media
based in Toronto. Founder of the Media Collective, TAO, and director of Openflows.org, a professional
services firm specialising in free software for open source intelligence. Educated at the McLuhan
Program at the University of Toronto, he has been speaking and publishing in Europe, North & South
America on the political economy of culture and technology.
Derek Keats is a Professor of
Botany and Executive Director of Information and Communication Services at the University of the Western
Cape, South Africa. His most recent work is in the area of using technology to improve teaching and
learning (including developing open learning and content management systems suitable for the developing
world), to enable higher education in the developing world to respond to the challenges of globalization
(including international and e-collaboration), and to promote sustainable development while maintaining
the quality of the environment.
Evan Leibovitch is currently President, the Linux Professional Institute www.lpi.org. He has
been working with Unix and Linux on PC systems for almost 20 years. Most recently, he served as
Vice-President, Business Development for Starnix Inc., Canada's leading Linux support and Services
Company. Prior to Starnix, he played a strategic consultant role on Open Systems and Open Source
issues to many organizations. He has also written analyses of the Unix and Linux marketplace for
publications such as ZDNet and IEEE.
Steve Mann is currently a faculty member with University of Toronto. He has written more than
200 research publications and has been the Keynote/Plenary speaker at more than 100 symposia,
conferences and colloquia. His work has been shown in numerous museums around the world. He is also
inventor of the Chirplet Transform, a new mathematical framework for signal processing, and of
Comparametric Equations, a new mathematical framework for computer mediated reality.
Jason Matusow is Manager, Shared Source Initiative, Microsoft Corporation
As the person responsible for establishing a company-wide framework for Microsoft's global source
licensing strategy, he consults with governments, corporations, academics and analysts on software
intellectual property issues. Matusow has worked in both technical and policy positions in the software
industry for 10 years, was the founding member of the Microsoft Year 2000 team, and has been with the
company since 1995.
David McGowan of the University
of Minnesota Law School teaches and writes in the areas of securities regulation, contracts,
corporations, professional responsibility and the intersection of antitrust law and intellectual
property. His current research includes theories of collective behavior, such as network economic
theory, the role of organizational analysis in assessing legal problems, the changing nature of the
legal profession, and legal history. He has written an excellent article on "The Legal Implications of
Open Source Software" in Illinois Law Review, no. 241 (2001), and has a book chapter forthcoming on this
Eben Moglen is Professor of Law and Legal
History, Columbia Law School, and General Counsel, Free Software Foundation. He began his career at
age 14 working on programming language research at the IBM Santa Teresa Laboratory. He also obtained a
Ph.D, in History from Yale University, and clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme
Court early in his legal career.
Neeru Paharia is Assistant Director of Creative
Commons. Neeru received a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management with a concentration
in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. Prior to graduate school, Neeru spent
a year in the Coro Fellowship Program, a leadership program in public affairs. Neeru comes to Creative
Commons from McKinsey and Company, where she worked as an Associate Consultant. Neeru is also a
filmmaker, illustrator, and blues guitar player.
Drazen Pantic a native of Belgrade, is
the founder of OpenNet, the Internet department of the pioneering independent media organization Radio
B92 in Belgrade and the first Internet service provider in Serbia. For his work with new media
technologies as a force to counter political repression in Yugoslavia, he was granted the Electronic
Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award in 1999. Presently, he serves as Co-Director of Location One, a
digital arts gallery in New York. He is also a Fellow of the Center for War, Peace and News Media of
NYU, where he manages the Center's "Media Technology Democracy" program, and a founding member of the Open Source Streaming Alliance.
Joseph Potvin is a senior economist, IT architect, and member of the Management Team, Enterprise Architecture, IT Services Branch, in Public Works and Government Services Canada. He previously worked i
n twenty countries as a consulting economist to the World Bank. He led the business and technical architecture for the first Canadian government open source business workflow application, later released under the GNU General Public License. Outside of his
official duties, Mr. Potvin is Co-Coordinator of the GOSLING Community of Practice (Getting Open Source Logic INto Governments).
Dr. Yuri Quintana is presently the Education Director
of the International Outreach Program at St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee, a not-for-profit research hospital focused on
children's catastrophic diseases. He has led the software development of POND, the Pediatric Oncology Networked Database: an open source medical record
system developed for international pediatric cancer clinics. He has also developed Cure4Kids, a medical education web site and online collaboration
centre that has over 1100 users worldwide. He was formerly a principal investigator with the Canadian HealNet Network Center of Excellence and
held various software engineering and usability design positions at IBM Canada. He has a PhD in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo . He
can be contacted at Yuri.Quintana@stjude.org.
Dr. David Ryan is an Assistant Professor and Consultant in
Continuing Education and Knowledge Translation in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
He is Director of Education for the Regional Geriatric Program of Ontario and a Managing Partner in
Openflows Networks Ltd. Dr. Ryan lectures and writes on the topics of technology enabled knowledge
translation, interprofessional and interorganizational collaboration and aging.
MacKenzie Smith is the Associate Director for Technology at MIT Libraries and assumes overall
responsibility for DSpace development.
Formerly, MacKenzie was the Digital Library Program Manager at Harvard.
B. Sookman is a partner and Chair of the Technology,
Communications and Intellectual Property Group at the law firm McCarthy
Tetrault in Toronto. He is one of Canada.s foremost authorities in the
area of Information Technology Law and is the author of the three volume
text entitled Sookman: Computer Law: Acquiring and Protecting Information
Technology (1989-1999), the four volume text Sookman: Computer, Internet
and Electronic Commerce Law (1999-2002) and the book Computer, Internet
and Electronic Commerce Terms: Judicial, Legislative and Technical
Mark Surman, president of The Commons Group, brings together a sound understanding of business, media, community and the Internet. He has spent the last six years dreaming up creative online strategies for
a variety of private, public and non-profit clients. Building on his demonstrated commitment to turning ideas into action, Mark's current focus is on the collaborative use of the Internet to create new ways of doing business and better ways of running or
Graham Todd is ICT Innovations Officer working on Information and Communication Technologies for Development at the International Development Research Centre, a public corporation created by the Canadian government
to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research.
Treviranus is Director at the Resource Centre for Academic Technology (RCAT), University of
Toronto Libraries. She has an active interest in adaptive technology, learning repositories, open
source and the "digital divide." Of specific note is RCAT's project on an inclusive learning object
Robert F. (Bob)
Young, a University of Toronto graduate, spent twenty years in the
computer leasing business before co-founding Red Hat Software in 1994 and
becoming a leading spokesperson for open source software and Linux. Since
stepping down as CEO of Red Hat, Bob has founded The Center for the Public
Domain, a non-profit foundation that supports the growth of a healthy
and robust public domain, and Lulu.com, an
author-controlled alternative to conventional publishing. He recently
took up football, having purchased the Hamilton Tiger Cats in October